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Hi I'm Stephen

Family, cycling, and politics are my passions, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the Phoenix metro area of Arizona with my wife Tiffany. We can't have our own kids, so we are growing our family through adoption from the foster care system and elsewhere. I have a degree in economics and currently work for a large university. I had planned on earning my Ph.D. in Economics, but I had to leave my program after the first year when I became seriously ill. I have largely healed, and though we've had good times and bad, the Lord has blessed me to have a stable income and wonderful wife who helps me learn and grow from my experiences. I am thankful for my faith, and for the learning experiences that the Lord gives me. I hope that I am more humble, kind, and generous than I otherwise would be as a result of my experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

While I've been a member all my life, I have had to come to know for myself that this is the Lord's church. I constantly renew my faith through prayer, scripture reading, and service to others. I know I can't be complete without the companionship of His spirit. I continue to put my faith in Christ and every day. I have learned that persistent dedication to growing my faith is important for weathering life's battles.

How I live my faith

My faith guides my life and has made me a better person. It's a constant exercise in diligence to make sure I do the small and simple things every day that help me become closer to Jesus Christ. I have helped in the church in a variety of different ways. I've taught sunday school classes, visited members, and helped with the youth. I absolutely loved working with the 11-year-old boys as they entered Boy Scouts. Taking them on camp outs and hikes, teaching them first aid, and helping them learn basic outdoors skills was a blast. It's wonderful to see the great potential the youth represent, both to the church and as responsible citizens of our republic. I'm currently a Scoutmaster and church advisor to 12 boys, ages 12-13. I strive every day to be a good example to each of them. They are constantly in my prayers as I work to help them become good men. I have learned so much more from them than they probably ever will from me. I have seen miracles in the lives of others as a result of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Families have been strengthened, individuals have been healed and many have become better people as they have put the teachings of Jesus Christ to work in their lives.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a personal witness that that comes from the Holy Ghost to confirm that Jesus is the Savior of the World, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith is a prophet, among other things. It is not just knowledge or a belief - it pushes me to be better, to follow God's commandments, to be kind to others. Without this testimony, this spiritual witness, I wouldn't have the ability to put all of the energy I do into my family and church service. Show more Show less