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Hi I'm Steve

I live in Southern California. I'm an Electrical Engineer. I'm a Scouter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most people at work know me as a Manager. Many people at previous companies where I have worked know me as an Electrical Engineer. Since finishing at a university, I have been working as an engineer or as a manager at engineering companies for 30 years. Although I enjoy technical things, what I really enjoy is my family. My wife is my best friend. Her brother was my roommate at school, and she and I quickly fell in love and are still in love after all these years. We have 8 children and 4 grandchildren, and we have had many joyful experiences with them. I love to hike and camp, and our family has spent lots of time together in the outdoors. I was a Boy Scout and I have enjoyed “giving back” by serving as an adult Scout Leader Scouter. Our family is not perfect we have had our share of trials over the years. However, we have learned that when we follow the example of Jesus Christ, we are happier. We have taught our children good values and we love them.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised a Mormon. My parents and I were attending a Protestant Christian church when I was young. Although the people at that church were good people, and I learned a lot about Jesus Christ and the Bible, my parents were seeking for something else in their lives. I was a typical kid, but I remember when we were visited by the Mormon missionaries. When they taught us, I could feel the sincerity and the power of the Spirit of God, witnessing that what they said was true. I was especially impressed when they told us that there are Prophets and Apostles on the earth today, like there were at the time of Christ. I had studied the Bible as a boy in Sunday School. The missionaries also taught us about the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ, written by prophets in Ancient America. I was about 10 years old at the time. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to Heavenly Father and asked if it was true. I remember standing on the front lawn of our house, and I heard a voice say, “The Book of Mormon is true.” A warm feeling came over me and tears came to my eyes. Although I had the simple faith of a 10 year old, I knew that the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is the true church of God. When the missionaries came again, I asked if I could be baptized and become a member of the Mormon Church. My parents gave their permission, and we prepared for my baptism day. In the mean time, my Mom also decided to join the church. And about a month later my Dad joined the church.

How I live my faith

I enjoy providing service to help others. When I was 19, I had the privilege of serving as a Mormon Missionary for 2 years in the Hamburg, Germany mission, where I was able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with other people. After returning home from my mission, I went back to school, where I met my wife and we got married. As we were starting our family, I decided to take an unofficial “internship” at an electronics company in my wife’s hometown in California. While there, I served as an Assistant Scoutmaster and acting Scoutmaster. When we returned to school, I served as a membership clerk in a married students congregation, which was a challenge, since 1/3 of the students moved out at the end of each year. After I graduated, we moved to Texas, and eventually made our way back to California. I served in many church positions over the years, including several times as a Scoutmaster or Scout Leader. I have also had the privilege of helping others in church callings and in community service. Recently, I was assigned to work with the Young Single Adult church members in our local area. I love them and I feel their love. An expression that I have always enjoyed is that “when you are serving the Lord and helping other people, the pay is the same.” My wife has a strong testimony of the church and she has always supported me in the church service I perform. We are looking forward to the day that I retire, when we plan to serve together as missionaries.