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Hi I'm Steve

I am a school psychologist. I enjoy running, hiking, family and food. I'm happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the third of six children. My mother stayed home with the kids while my father taught high school. Family is very important to me. I also enjoy traveling, hiking and camping. I love music and visual art. I started running long distance in high school and have been getting back into the habit the last couple years. I am currently preparing for my second marathon. After studying political science and psychology in college, I married an amazing elementary school teacher and I love her. I have spent the last two years working on a graduate degree in school psychology and am now working as a school psychologist intern in Wyoming.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I have a lot of reasons for being Mormon. Perhaps the most outwardly apparent reason is that I was born into a multigenerational Mormon family. My ancestors crossed the plains to Utah in an effort to escape religious persecution. I am grateful for the sacrifices they made. As a multigenerational Mormon, being a Mormon is part of my cultural identity. But that does little to explain why I am a Mormon today. There is much more to it than that. I love the perspective and peace the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought to my life. I have chosen to have faith, and this choice has blessed my life. I find things in my life have been much better when I have followed Christ, as opposed to when I have not. As part of my secular education, I have learned that there are many different theories and explanations for how people gain knowledge and for why people do what they do. There are psychological explanations for nearly all types of experiences, including religious experience. Most often, there are different and competing explanations for the same event or experience, it all depends on the philosophical theory used to address the question. Although I find some of these theories helpful in explaining many events in life, I find them quite insufficient in explaining my experience with, and conversion to, the gospel of Jesus Christ. So how do I explain my confidence in and conversion to Mormonism? I am a Mormon because of the witness of the Spirit of God, a witness I have felt in powerful ways many times in my life. Because of this, I know God is real and has great love for all his children. He hears and answers prayers. He sent His Son to earth to show us how to live. I don't know or understand everything, but I do know this. It is difficult to convey in words because this knowledge came through experience. But it is still as real and valid as anything else in my life.

How I live my faith

Although I am not a perfect example of it, I believe the best way to live my faith is by giving meaningful service to others. The best way to serve God is by serving His children. Whether it be by lending a helping hand to a neighbor, donating my time and resources to make someone's day better, making an effort to befriend others, or just letting someone know I care, there are opportunities to serve all around each day.