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Hi I'm Steve Parrott

I'm a husband of 30+ years, father of seven, and retired Army combat veteran (OIF II). Now I'm a public librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Married to my wife of thirty plus years, I'm a father of seven and grandfather of two. A military retiree, I'm now a master-degreed public librarian. I've been doing martial arts since 1979 and love to exercise. I retired from the US Army (after many years in the USAF). My last tour of duty was in Ar Ramadi Iraq when the terrorists began a large effort in late 2004. My faith and the prayers of my family sustained me through that very difficult time. I now spend as much time with my family as I can and know of a surety why families must be together forever.

Why I am a Mormon

As a Russian Linguist in the US Air Force stationed in Japan I met my first Mormon. My wife took the discussions and converted to the church after gaining a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Through several years of "hanging out" with many of the young impressive men in white shirts and ties (missionaries), I finally realized that my life was not going in the direction I wanted it to, so I began investigating the church. I soon realized that the emphasis on family unity and love was only the beginning as I learned who my Heavenly Father is and my relationship to Him. I'm so grateful for the wonderful change the Savior brought about in my life after I entered the waters of baptism and have strived to live His Gospel since.

How I live my faith

My wife and I began living healthy lives after I joined the church in San Antonio Texas many years ago. We believe that all aspects of our health--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual are intricately tied together. Feeding each of these four aspects is vital to complete health as a child of God. What we put into our bodies, our minds, our heart, and our spirit, all have a profound effect on how we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others. We find great peace as we follow the Savior's counsel to have clean hands and a pure heart, striving to keep ourselves whole and undefiled.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Steve Parrott
Having met with the missionaries several times in the years that I took to investigate the LDS church, I recall that they discussed who God, our Heavenly Father really is, which was something that was quite different than I had ever heard before. They talked about my relationship to Him, and they talked about why God had sent me (and all humans) to this earth. They talked about many things and I recall thinking how some things that they talked about seemed so familiar, even as though I already knew those things. The best part about listening to those who I met with was that they never tried to force me to believe what they said. They told me to ponder and to pray about the things I was hearing and ask God if those things were true. They taught me about the feelings of the Holy Spirit, how he speaks to us in a still small voice but will bring a feeling of goodness, sometimes even a feeling like a burning, into our souls. All of these things helped me to know that God lives and that He loves us and that He has a plan for us that will bring us happiness in this life and in the life hereafter. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Steve Parrott
I feel that most people have a natural tendency to seek out truth and to seek an explanation of God. The LDS Church provided those answers to me in a way that no other church had ever been able to do. The various programs and doctrines such as who God is and what His Son has done, our relationship to Him, the focus on family history and family unity, the law of health, the strong emphasis on missionary efforts, and the sharing of responsibilities and duties in church service (without pay), strike a chord in the hearts of people when they hear and see these things in practice. We all have an innate desire to be on a "winning team" and so many good people realize that these things are all a part of the "coach's strategy" to bring us the victory we seek--united with our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less