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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a 50 something father of four. I'm happily married. I'm coming up on my 25th year anniversary. I'm an avid golfer and a sports enthusiast. I love to travel with my wife and children. I'm an executive with a small business. I am also a CPA.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because it is the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I believe that salvation comes of Jesus Christ. I believe that faith in Jesus Christ is essential for true happiness in this life or in the hereafter. I believe a better understanding of Jesus Christ comes through studying both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. I belive it contains the word of God. I believe that to truely follow Jesus Christ one must be born of the water and the spirit. I believe these saving ordinances are only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

 My faith is part of my life. I try to live the golden rule to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Consequently I try to treat employees and friends with respect and consideration. I appreciate that many of my employees consistently go above and beyond what is expected to them. I have several great friends that I have had for many years. We go camping with two separate groups each year unless emergencies arise. Over the years I've been active with the Kiwanis club, the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America and other non-profit groups. I currently work with the full time missionaries in the San Gabriel area of Los Angeles with its headquarters in Arcadia. I also visit 4 families in our congregation with my son each month to see how they're they're doing and to leave a short spiritual message.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Steve
Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Creator of this earth and the Redeemer of all mankind. This belief is central to all other teachings of the church. Mormons believe that Christ has the same resurrected body today that he had when he appeared to his apostles in Jerusalem shortly after his death and resurrection.   Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Steve
The Church believes in the sanctity of life. We believe that life begins some time before birth. Mormons do not believe that abortion is right before God with a few exceptions in the case of rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is in danger, or if the baby would not survive due to deformity or defect. In the case of unwanted pregnancies, adoption is a recommended solution. We believe that both men and women share in this responsibility to hold life sacred. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Steve
Mormons believe the Bible both the Old and New Testament is Holy Scripture. Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God. Mormons acknowledge that errors may exist in the Bible due to translation errors or omissions. I especially love the first four books of the New Testament, which chronicle the ministry of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Steve
Mormons believe in the eternal nature of man. Mormons believe that we existed as spirit children of our Heavenly Father before we were born. At birth we receive physical bodies. Death is the separation of of the spirit from the physical body. The resurrection is the reuniting of our spirits with perfected physical bodies. We believe everyone will be resurrected. This is a gift from Jesus Christ, made possible through his resurrection. Consequently, we believe that everyone that has ever lived will live again after death. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Steve
Mormons are encouraged to participate in wholesome customs and traditions. Our family loves Thanksgiving, Christmas, the 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc. Since both my wife and I lived overseas where two days of Christmas were celebrated, we celebrate Boxing Day as well. On Memorial Day morning we visit the graves of loved ones who have passed on as a sign of love and respect. At Christmas time we love to decorate our house including garland, a Christmas tree, nativities, and nutcrackers. We read of the birth of Christ each Christmas Eve. We love gving presents to each other. Mormons dress in their Sunday best for church. Generally that means that we dress in clean, modest clothing. For our family that means the boys wear a collared shirt and tie and the girls wear dresses. It is less important what someone wears and more important that people come to church with a worshipful attitude.  Worship services are a little different than those at other denominations. First, we have three different meetings that we attend each Sunday. They are back to back and last 3 hours. Visitors are invited to attend any or all meetings. One meeting is called Sacrament Meeting. It lasts about an hour and 10 minutes. Since we do not have a paid clergy, members of the congregation are asked to prepare spiritual messages or talks which are given. The bishop, the minister for the congregation, or one of his two assistants or counselors makes the invitation to speak. The bishop directs the meeting. Youth ages 12-18 are often invited to give short sermons. Music is also a big part of our worship service with an opeing and closing hymn and often an intermediate hymn or choir selection. To encourage reverance members don't applaud during the service. During Sacrament meeting the Sacrament is observed. Priests bless the emblems of the sacrament, bread and water, and the sacrament is passed to the congregation. The sacrament is sacred to Mormons and reminds them of promises made at baptism to follow Christ and keep his commandments. A second meeting is Sunday School. This is where scriptures are read or doctrines are discussed. During this year we are studying the New Testament. The third hour is broken out between the women and the men, where they teach each other doctrine to help them in the practical application of Christ centered teachings. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Steve
We believe that relationships will continue after this earth life. Families that are sealed together in holy temples will be able to continue to be together in the afterlife. Show more Show less