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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in a small town of 7,000. I was an exchange student to Japan. I served two tours as a soldier in Iraq. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love camping, fishing, hiking, golfing, bike riding, playing tennis... and anything else that I can do outdoors. Life is especially busy right now as I'm working full time at a Fortune 100 company and doing my best to be a good husband to my college sweetheart and father to my four wonderful kids. Five years ago I was honorably discharged from the Army after serving two tours in Iraq as a Communications Officer. I was glad for the opportunity to serve and am thankful for those who have given their lives for our freedom.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an active Mormon family and have been learning about Jesus Christ ever since I can remember. I went to church regularly with my family, but it wasn't until I was 16 that I truly began to believe the things that I had been taught. I spent my junior year of high school in Nagoya, Japan as a Rotary Exchange Student. Leaving behind my family and friends was difficult, but I was excited to learn a new language and culture. When I met my host family, I tried to explain to them that I was a Mormon and how I wanted to go to church every Sunday... but they weren't able to understand me. I was unable to attend church for quite a few months, but I always said my personal prayers every night before going to bed. Being thousands of miles away from home caused me to think about the things I had been taught growing up. One night, while saying my prayers, I asked God to let me know if he existed and loved me. I asked him to please send missionaries to find me and show me where the Mormon church was. Within a few days of my prayer, Mormon missionaries talked to my host brother... and he gave them my name and phone number. I started studying with them, and as I read the Book of Mormon I felt that it was written especially for me and I knew it was true. I returned home to my family, graduated from high school, and attended a year of college before returning to Japan for two years as a Mormon Missionary. I know that there is a God. He knows and loves each of us... and wants us to be happy. He sent his son Jesus Christ here to Earth so that we could repent of our sins and return to him. Knowing these things keeps me grounded and focused on what is important.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be an example to other people of what I believe. I read my scriptures to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ and what I need to do now to return to live with him. My most important responsibility is to help and teach my family about God, Jesus, and the plan that has been prepared of us. I do this by leading them in family prayer and scripture study. I look for ways to connect with each of my children to have conversations about what they are going through and how I can help them. I attend church every week and spend time volunteering with our youth group, working on administrative tasks to keep our congregation organized, or visiting other people who may need help.