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Hi I'm Stephen

There isn't much extraordinary about what I do. I provide for my family and do my best to do what's right. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend, and we are the proud parents of our son. He and his twin brother were born over three months premature, and both had severe complications while in the NICU. Sadly we lost one of them when he was 2 months old. However, we have found that our surviving son has been the source of our greatest joy over the past couple years. He is a special little boy, and teaches us every day. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy about a year ago, and is a great example of determination and perseverance as he works through multiple sessions of therapies every week. Even with how busy we are with doctors and therapists, we still find plenty of time for recreation and service. We both serve in church, and participate in other local charities outside of our faith. We love the outdoors and go swimming, sailing, stargazing, and camping whenever we can. Heavenly Father has given us a beautiful world, and we love to spend time enjoying the view!

Why I am a Mormon

As I've grown, I've had to spend a lot of time examining my beliefs. As I learn and grow, I've asked myself and Heavenly Father a lot of questions. Whenever I've faced my doubts, I admit that there is so much that I do not know and I do not understand. For me, it comes down to the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I've read them many times. I treasure the lessons and stories. When I read the scriptures, I feel good -- peaceful, confident, comforted. I know that they are true. This had a great impact on me during the most painful experience of my life. A couple years ago I watched my twin boys struggle to survive in the NICU. I already believed that God was our Heavenly Father, and that He sent His Son Jesus to suffer and die for us so that we can return to live with Them, so it was instinctive for me to turn to them. Even after we lost our little boy, I don't remember any bitterness or anger towards God. But I do remember how I clung to Him in my thoughts and prayers. I remember how unbearably and excruciatingly painful it was to hold my little one as he struggled through his last breaths. I believe that Heavenly Father was very, very close to us as we journeyed through that experience. I still feel his love and compassion for us. Every morning before I leave for work, my wife, my surviving son, and I have family prayer. Not a day goes by that I don't express gratitude for my son's life and miraculous development. And not a day goes by that I don't tell my Father thank you for the blessing of having my other son on the other side of the veil, and our hope that we will have him with us again in the resurrection, and the joy we will feel as an eternal family. It is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the choices I make every day. I work in Finance for a large corporation, and am determined to prove that nice guys DON'T finish last. I read the news daily, and am convinced that our world is in desperate need of kindness, and true Christianity. I do not condone choices that people make that are outside of what Heavenly Father commands us, but I think we all need to spend a little less time finding ways to be offended by others, and a little more time finding ways to serve others. Everyone. While I have a long way to go before I am living that principle in the way I fully want to, currently I serve both in my community and our local church congregation. I am the Varsity Coach for the Boy Scout troop for our unit. This means I spend time every Wednesday night with 14 - 15 year youth in the area working to serve the community, teach outdoor skills, and other uplifting activities such as learning about careers, personal finances, etc. We are currently organizing a community wide Boy Scout Triathlon and are preparing by swimming, biking, and running, as well as reaching out to other units in the area. I serve in my church by making donations of my time and material resources. I visit families in our congregation, and participate weekly in church activities. I teach a class for the youth, and enjoy getting to know those who visit us and learning from them.