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Hi I'm Steve.

I'm a professor, scholar, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a university professor at a large research institution. I am a scholar in the area of organizational behavior/human resource management. I have the privilege of teaching classes to dozens of high-caliber students at my university and training organizational leaders on how to effectively lead and motivate employees. I love to play sports and cheer on my favorite sports teams. And I enjoy being in the outdoors and sprucing up my yard. That's who I am...at least when it comes to my career and hobbies. But, having learned about and received a personal confirmation of the truths of Jesus Christ's restored gospel, I know that my identity goes way beyond what I do for my career or what I do for fun. First and foremost, I am a husband, father, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My gorgeous wife and I have been married for almost 9 years, but we have known each other since we were six years old. Now we are the parents of three wonderful, sweet, rambunctious children, who bring us much joy, laughter and responsibilities. Through the ordinances of the Jesus Christ's restored gospel, I know that my identity as a father and husband last beyond this life and into the eternities. Finally, I am a child of God who is trying, as weak as I am, to be a more devoted follower of Jesus. Our family's life revolves around our commitment to Christ and His restored gospel. It is the foundation of all we do and helps us to know who we truly are.

Why I am a Mormon

First, the church and its doctrines are centered on strengthening families. This is particularly important in a world where the nature and importance of families is being redefined and is under attack. However, not only does the church and its leaders provide ways to strengthen families, but being a member of the church and having been married in a temple of God also makes it possible for my marriage and family to endure forever, not just until "death do you part." Second, being a Mormon brings me happiness and joy, even in difficult and challenging times. This happiness comes from knowing my purpose in life--why I'm here, where I was before I was born, and where I go after death. It also comes from knowing that I am not alone. God loves me, has a purpose for me, and is there to provide comfort and strength in both good times and hardship. Finally, I work in a profession where knowledge is thought to be obtained primarily through data. However, I have come to know that not all knowledge can be obtained in that way. There is spiritual knowledge that we can receive in our mind and heart that is also truth. I have received this spiritual knowledge more times than I can count -- that God lives, that He loves me, and that He has restored His church to the earth through Joseph Smith. That spiritual knowledge, called a testimony, serves as the main reason why I am a Mormon. And the wonderful thing is that anyone can receive that same knowledge.

How I live my faith

Service is the main way that I try to live my faith. When I was 19 years old, I took leave of my family and education to serve as a missionary for the church in Chile. It was an experience that forever changed my life, and has served as the foundation for everything good in my life. Since then, I have served in a number of different capacities in the Church, ranging from presiding over a group, or quorum, of 90 men, to playing the piano in Church meetings. As a busy graduate student, I taught a dozen or so teenagers every day in a class called "seminary" where we learned about the scriptures we use in the church--the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price--and the teachings of living prophets. The students in my class made great sacrifices to be at seminary, coming every day early in the morning before school began to attend the class. I currently serve as a counselor in the "bishopric" of our ward (congregation). This basically means that I assist the presiding leader of the church in our specific area of the community to oversee administrative matters of the congregation, minister to the needs of our members, and share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with our neighbors and friends. I feel very blessed by serving in the church. I have been asked from time to time if this service detracts from my professional and family duties. My answer is always no -- in fact, it enhances my career, my hobbies, and most importantly, my family life.