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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a first grade teacher. I'm a Boy Scout leader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live on a very small farm in the Southeast where my wife and I raise chickens, rabbits, worms, a few fruit trees, lots of vegetables, and our twelve-year-old daughter. I’ve been a teacher for over 35 years and currently teach first grade. I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, day trips with my family, and daddy/daughter time. Right now our favorite thing is watching an episode of Dr. Who or Star Trek each night. My passion is serving in Church and in Scouting. Teaching young kids, hanging with the Scouts, and keeping up with my daughter all work together to keep me young.

Why I am a Mormon

During my senior year in high school, my friends and I would often meet after school in the band room and discuss life’s big questions. “Is there a God? What is he like? Where do I fit in the universe? etc.” I guess it was a time in our youth when we were trying to figure out life. I had a lot of questions. One of my friends said you had to be baptized to be saved and explained that if you weren’t, you were condemned. He couldn’t tell me how that was fair and was coming from a loving God. What about all the people who lived in a time or a place where they never heard of Jesus Christ? When I later met the missionaries, they explained the Lord’s Plan of Happiness . . . how every person ever born on the earth will have the opportunity to learn of Christ and accept Him or not. Knowledge of that plan and the concept of families being eternal helped to bring me into the Church. Now I love the Lord and am excited to tell others of His great plan for us. 

How I live my faith

In Church, I am privileged to work with the youth and their leaders. One of my main responsibilities is to train leaders in our church youth program and to organize activities for our Scouts such as Camporees and Merit Badge Clinics. I also serve in the community by training new leaders in our local Scout District. I make it a point to help at Scout camp each summer. As a teacher, I have a bit more time available in the summer than many other adults, so it’s easier for me to give a week to the boys . . . and it’s just plain fun too.