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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up on a farm in Canada. I joined the Mormon church when I was 21.

About Me

I love working with people and I love my family. I'm a registered psychologist, had a 35 year career working with LDS Family Service and retired a few years ago. Some of my hobbies include: astronomy, studying history, hiking, camping, travel, nature and wildlife photography and playing the guitar. My wife and I are the parents of 5 adult children and we currently have 18 grandchildren. We enjoy interacting with family. Barb and I served a full time mission in the South America South Area where I was the Area Mental Heath Adviser and she was my assistant. We have recently been called to serve in the California San Fernando mission for 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

By the time I was 21 I had run into trouble with my life and was going downhill fast. Nothing in this world could have helped. In desperation I sought some type of assistance from the realms of heaven, a place I knew little about. In my pleadings for help I had an epiphany that revealed the reality of Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer in a general sense, but also specifically, as a personage who was willing to save me from my harmful lifestyle, if I would just believe in Him and follow His guidance. Jesus Christ saved me from a downhill slippery slope. I decided, at that point in time, that I owed all that I had to Him. That was over 45 years ago and I have never regretted the decision I made to be baptized into the Savior's Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to progress through the ordinances and covenants of His gospel. Since I have joined His church my life has been happier, more meaningful, more positive. I have had so much satisfaction with regard to my own personal and family life enjoying many opportunities to serve others and bless the lives of those less fortunate. Shortly after joining the Mormon Church I served a two year full time mission which was challenging but meaningful. I then completed my Master's degree in psychology, and later was granted a PhD. Prior to completing my education I married my sweetheart in the temple. What a glorious opportunity. We have been married for 40 wonderful years. We enjoy our children and grandchildren, church involvement, travel and spending time with each other. I shudder to think what my life may have become had I not found the Savior and joined the LDS church.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to have leadership experiences in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helping both adults and youth. I have also had administrative opportunities as well as the chance to teach. I love to teach. I remember one time, many years ago, I was teaching a group of 8 year olds. I used an experiential method to represent a Biblical story and, as a class, we all acted out the parts. Two decades later, one of the former students of the class approached me and told me how memorable that expeience was for him. It makes me feel good that I could have an impact on a child that would last into his adult years and still have an impact. My wife and I enjoy service. We love to help our neighbors, assist in the Church, serve those less fortunate and consider the poor and the needy in terms of how we can help.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

During my life I have encountered numerous crossroads, decision points that will change the course and direction I am taking. For example: where should I live? what education is best for me? who should I date and ultimately marry? what career would fit me best? when is the best time for me to retire? what productive involvements would be beneficial in my retirement? There are many options. Which is the best road for me, personally, to take? The one that will bring me the most opportunities, satisfaction and happiness in the long run, decisions that will bring lasting rewards for myself, family, loved ones and all those in the sphere of my influence. Quite frankly, I am unable to make these weighty decisions alone. I have found great strength in seeking guidance from a loving Father in Heaven, who answers my prayers, provides guidance and comfort, warnings and correction as I try to make the difficult decisions when I come to a crossroad, a decision point, in my life. This loving Father provides answers, guidance and direction through the gift of the Holy Ghost. In my life the Holy Ghost has provided subtle promptings, nudges and influence to help me with my decision making processes, sometimes answered in prayer and scripture study but often through other people, a talk or seminar or when reflecting in the out of doors. The Holy Ghost never forces or coerces, but rather suggests and invites. I am so grateful for the subtle yet profound influence of the Holy Ghost in my life. Show more Show less