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Hi I'm Steve

Husband, Father, Runner, Skier, Coach, Marketer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I live in Oregon and love it. Our families live in another state and we miss them but we have so many great friends and they have become our extended family. We have three great kids and we love being together. With all three of them in college at BYU it is getting harder to get everyone in the same place. We are planning a big trip next year when our oldest graduates. This will be the last opportunity for all of us to be together because our youngest will go on a mission for two years next summer. He is following in the footsteps of his brother who served a Church mission to Uruguay. I served a mission in Brazil many years ago and I love to see how the church has grown in that country.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the direction it provides in my life. I was born to LDS parents but had to gain a testimony of Jesus Christ, his Atonement, and the restoration of His Church through Joseph Smith for myself. I know the Gospel is true every time I read the Scriptures, attend my church meetings or do service for people around me. The Holy Ghost burns in me and I know it is right.

How I live my faith

I recently was able to take two months off from work and travel with my family. My teenagers asked that we do some sort of humanitarian work during our travels. I was very proud of them for requesting this sort of experience so I searched and found a group traveling to Mexico to help build stoves for people who were cooking over open fires either in their house or under a cover next to it. My son also decided to do his Eagle Scout project around our trip. We spent a week in the village of Tilaco in the state of Queretero. It is a beautiful rural area that is far removed from the Mexico I was used to. The municipal of Landa was the government agency we worked with (similar to a county in the US) and we were able to build 16 stoves, hand out hygiene kits and do discussions on hygiene, distribute clothing and also give 100 school kits to kids in the village. This experience changed the way my family and I look at our lives and the way we live. We were immediately embraced by the people of Tilaco and as we traveled around we were constantly waving to our new friends. We were in one room homes of families that were happy, loving, and supportive of each other. It was a wonderful experience that has improved our lives and the way we serve others.