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Hi I'm Steve

and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

About Me

I grew up in California. I didn't know anything about the Mormon Church until I met several youth my own age and they invited me to play softball in the Church leagues and meet girls at dances on Saturday nights. It wasn't until college that I finally got to know what they believed. That's when I read the Book of Mormon and the Spirit testified to me that what I was reading was true, and I could not deny it. I needed this influence in my life. Today, I am happily married with 5 children and 19 grandchildren. Active in the Church. As a profession, I am a business consultant working in the Pharmaceutical industry and for fun, I am a rather serious photographer. I travel quite a bit for my work and also for fun so there are many opportunities to shoot pictures.

Why I am a Mormon

I felt strongly that it was the right thing to do. In my youth, my mother supported me as I looked for a church that felt right. I got involved in several churches when I was growing up, but each one may have given me some social value but in the end I questioned the doctrines and found them all lacking. I seemed to have an inner sense of what right and who God is. I found pieces of truth, but not the whole. It was not until I left home for college that I came to investigate the LDS faith. I took a class in the Book of Mormon. It was from the whisperings of the Spirit while I read that I understood that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by the Mormons was actually what I was looking for all my early life. I prayed with a fervor and intensity of all my heart to know if this was true. The answer was clear and the choice was no longer optional. I had to change my life and base the remainder of it on the tremendous truths that are found in the Scriptures Bible + Book of Mormon, through personal revelation and in the Mormon practices of their faith. I have been a member of the Mormon faith now for 47 years, raised a family of 5 children and currently 18 grandchildren. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is woven throughout everything I do. It is not a once-in-awhile thing. It is everything. 

How I live my faith

Daily. Life provides choices each day that rely on my faith to live the commandments and look to Christ for guidance. Prayer and reading the scriptures help me to make wise decisions and treat people with respect, as my Savior would have done. I have come to realize that life is for service to others. Selfishness and self-serving actions do no one any good, including me. So I look to opportunities to help others to improve or make circumstances better for them, or offer assistance. At times, I have held higher positions (Bishop) and at times, taught classes to 6 year olds. It is a pattern of having the faith to act and serve the best we possibly can in whatever role or assignment we receive. Home and Visiting Teaching are opportunities to serve specific assigned families in many ways, at all times, and help them come closer to their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Steve
I am a convert to the Mormon faith. My parents, although hearing about the Church, did not join during their mortal time on earth. All the generations before them have not heard about the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ either. Jesus showed us the way to follow him and has restored in these latter-days the necessary priesthood authority to perform baptisms on the earth. Those who have gone on before have not had a chance to take upon themselves that covenant properly. Baptisms for the dead is again performed on this earth in the LDS temples around the world and when we perform this necessary ordinance for them, our families will have the opportunity to accept it for themselves. We are serving our ancestors in performing this work that can only be performed in the mortal body so they might have the free agency to choose Christ for themselves. Show more Show less