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Hi I'm Rick Steves

I am a U. S. Navy veteran, a motorcycle enthusiast, & a guitar player, I'm married, have 6 kids & 8 grandkids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married for 35 years. I have 3 sons, 3 daughters & 8 grandchildren (going on 12). I served 8 years in the U. S. Navy, and have since worked for the Travelers Insurance Company, Arrow Bank Corp. & The County of Washington in New York. I am a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, although I no longer ride due to balance problems. I have played guitar since I was 12 years old, and am an avid baseball fan. I am currently unemployed due to government budget cuts, and am considering retirement.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Baptist, and by the time I was 13-14 years old, I had raised many questions about religion that the minister of the Baptist Church couldn't answer to my satisfaction. Why did we no longer have prophets on the Earth. Why did the scriptures stop after the New Testament was written. I agreed to attend church one Sunday with my cousin, who was a recent convert to the LDS church. The meeting was a Fast & Testimony meeting, and during the meeting, a friend from school got up and bore her testimony. I didn't understand what she was talking about, but I was moved by the spirit and had to learn more. I sat down that night with 2 Mormon missionaries, who answered the questions I had without my having to ask them. I learned that we did have a prophet on the Earth today, that there are other scriptures in existence besides the Bible (they supplement the Bible, they don't replace it.) And, most importantly, while they were teaching me these things, the Holy Spirit testified to me that they were true, and that this was the path I was to follow. I was 16 when I was baptized and confirmed a Mormon. My life has been so richly blessed since then that I could never explain it properly. I know our Heavenly Father lives and loves me (and you.) I know that Jesus Christ is my savior and yours, if you will allow him to be. And I know of the blessings that await me if I am faithful to the end of this life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is Christ's only true church on the face of the Earth, having been established by his hand, through the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. There is a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, who receives inspiration and revelation to guide the Saints today. I know these things because the Holy Ghost told me, in a way that I could not deny, that they are true, and if you will study these things out in your mind and ask God in faith if they are true, the same thing will happen to you.

How I live my faith

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, he rejected that temptation, explaining "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." I understand that, to properly serve our Father in Heaven, we must keep all of his commandments, always. I strive to do this, but sometimes fall short. I also know that the grace of Christ can make up for my shortages, as long as I have done the best I can. Currently, I am serving in a calling that usually requires me to spend about 5-6 hours at Church every Sunday. I am a home teacher, assigned to certain families to help them in their progression in the Gospel. I pay a full tithe (10% of my income) to the Church, along with other monetary offerings. My wife and I teach a Temple preparation class together. I also work closely with our Young Men Program, which is intended to help bring boys closer to Christ. Just as importantly, I try to treat others with the same courtesy and respect that I would like from them. If I see someone in need of help, I do what I can to help them. I try to be Christ-like.