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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a man of many titles trying to provide for my family as well as find joy and happiness in a world of challenges. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a son, husband, father, grandpa, neighbor and friend. There are many things which I enjoy but find less and less time to engage. Some of these things include visiting with family and friends, fishing - fly and artificial lure, cooking especially in a dutch oven, reading a good book, watching a meaningful movie or play, listening to uplifting music that has feeling, helping someone in need, drawing, wood carving, plunking out songs by ear on the piano, carving pumpkins or sculpting snow, putting my thoughts and feelings into poems and sharing my beliefs. I was born in Nebraska but was raised in Alaska where my step father was stationed at a military base. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was fifteen. I served a voluntary, two year mission to Virginia/West Virginia when I was nineteen. After my mission I completed a bachelors degree in the area of Information Management. While at college I met my sweetheart and we married. I spent the first 10 years of my working life in a grocery store where I learned the business from bagging to butchering. During college I got involved in banking and was introduced to computer support. Since college graduation I have managed customer service and training for various technology companies. I am currently managing a broadcast planning and support organization responsible for satellite, video conferencing and streaming technology.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man I became involved in a boy scout troop that was associated with the LDS church. From the start I noticed something different about the boys and the leaders. They seemed to have a purpose that bonded them together which wasn't present in the military troop which I was previously a part. As I started interacting more closely with my fellow scouts, in their homes, I learned that this purpose and bond could also be felt in their family relationships. They had something that was missing from my family. As a baby I was baptized Lutheran and attended with my mother a couple of times a year. It was there that I gained a very basic understanding of Jesus Christ and the commandments. With the permission of my parents, I started attending the LDS church. I soon began to realize the feelings that I was experiencing and the bonds which I was observing were associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the plan of happiness. The more I participated, the more I understood. The more I understood the more desirous I was to become a member. The teachings felt right to me... they gave me a comfortable feeling. I learned about the purpose of life which motivated me as well as inspired me to become a better person. I was baptized at the age of 15. Over time I made some choices that were not in harmony with the gospel which I espoused. At 17 my parents separated and I moved out of the house. The challenges which I faced drove me to my knees in sincere prayer seeking for direction. I wanted to KNOW if the gospel was true and I wanted to know what I should do. I promised Heavenly Father that if He would help me out of my circumstances I would serve Him the rest of my life. I received a clear answer to straighten out my life and prepare to serve a mission which I did. By learning and adhering to gospel principles, I found happiness and purpose. I have a testimony, based on experiences that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness. It's true!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing all I can to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I try to do this by studying the gospel and praying everyday. I believe that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants to help us and will guide us through the Spirit but we have to be sincere, ask him in faith and seek to do what He asks us to do. I live my faith by listening to and following the teachings of the living prophet and apostles. Since the beginning of time God has worked through prophets and he continues to speak to us in a similar manner. God truly is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I live my faith by making covenants with Heavenly Father and striving to be obedient. Baptism is one of the covenants which I have made. At baptism I promised to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember Him and to keep his commandments. So I go about my life: learning truth and trying to live accordingly; teaching and testifying of truth; performing service to my fellowmen. I try to give of my time, my talents and my resources to help move the gospel work forward. I live my faith by trying to become better each day. I am far from perfect and make all kinds of mistakes. So every day I try to become better than I was the day before (this is called repentance). I strive to be Christ like in all that I say and do. I strive to be honest, upright and true in my interactions with others and try not to be judgmental in what others say and do. I try to make good choices, respond appropriately and forgive when others trespass against me or my family. I try to live my faith by serving in the church. We come together each week to be uplifted and strengthened as well as to uplift and strengthen those around us. Over the years I have taught classes, served in leadership positions and on various counsels/committees. I have been a scout leader, youth adviser and a missionary. We grow and develop as we serve our fellowmen and by doing so we are serving God.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Steve
The scriptures teach that Heavenly Father is the same yesterday, today and forever. Throughout the history of the world God has spoken to his children through prophets.... Why wouldn't He give us devine guidance by speaking to us - His children today? According to the scriptures there is one lord, one faith, and one baptism see Ephesians 4 verse 5 yet there are millions of interpretations as to what truth is. If Heavenly Father has established a Church which contains the fulness of his gospel as well as the authority to perform His work, wouldn't it be logical that he would place someone on the earth to direct it and to be his voice see Amos chapter 3 verse 7? My testimony is that He does speak through living prophets today! While I have been inspired by reading the scriptures and have received devine guidance by applying the associated principles, there are challenges and conditions in our world today that in my opinion require heavenly direction. Over these past 30+ years, I have listened to the words of the living prophets and have applied their teachings. By doing so I have avoided some of the pitfalls, pains and sorrows that beset many in this world of ours. My knowledge of Jesus Christ and his gospel have grown and I have been inspired to become a better person. My life has been enlightened and enriched by listening to and following the council of the living prophets and apostles. I testify they are living witnesses of Jesus Christ and His Gospel! Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Steve
It's in the family that Heavenly Father teaches us to become like Him. It's in the family that we have the opportunity, although not all of us take it, to learn the lessons of life and can be taught principles and values that are associated with godliness. A strong home and family can be a safe haven where individuals can find shelter from the storms of life and can receive strength to overcome individual weaknesses and challeges which we all face. It's in the family that individual members can discover gifts and talents and develop the confidence to contribute to society in a positive way. It's in the family that we can develop bonds of love through our experiences that will not only bring joy and happiness to this life but will extend into the eternities. While growing up, I experienced the contention, fear, pain, sorrow and mis-trust that comes from being part of a disfunctional family. Sadly we became a divorce statistic. In my late teens, I observed and experienced the trust, comfort, faith, happiness and love that comes from being being part of a functional family that was built upon gospel principles. More than anything else I wanted this for my future family. I have now been married over 25 years and have children and grandchildren of my own. We have tried very hard to build our home and family on these same principles and have experienced similar results. I testify the principles associated with home and family are true and will return eternal blessings. Show more Show less

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

Steve
We believe there are three distinct members of the Godhead. God the Father - we call Him Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ who is the literal son of God, and the Holy Ghost who is a personage of spirit. We believe that mankind fell spiritually and were seperated from the presence of God when Adam and Eve partook of the fruit. Jesus Christ had the devine role or mission to suffer and atone for the sins of all mankind and to enable us to return to the presence of God. Christ lived a perfect life. He successfully completed his mission in Gethsamane and on the cross at Calvary. After he voluntarily gave up his life, his body laid in the tomb for three days after which he took it up again. He was resurrected. Because of him all mankind will enjoy the blessings of the resurrection see 1Corinthians 15 20-23. We look for Christ to return again some day as he promised. When he does, Jesus will judge all mankind of their deeds and reward them accordingly. I believe in Jesus Christ. He stands at the head of His church and leads it through a living prophet and apostles as He did anciently. I have faith that because of His perfect life and actions I will overcome death and be resurrected from the dead. I also believe that if I learn of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ... If I strive to do their will, as Jesus did Heavenly Fathers will, that I can be forgiven of my sins and become perfected through Christ and return to their presence and live with them again some day. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Steve
First we should have faith in God... He is the Father of our spirits, he loves us and has a plan for our happiness. Second we should have faith in Jesus Christ. He is the only begotton son of the Father and has bourne our sins through the atonement. Through Him we can return to the Father IF we learn of them - God and Jesus as well as strive do their will. There is another member of the Godhead which plays a very important role in our lives and that is the Holy Ghost. He is a personage of spirit who bears witness of the Father and of the Son, reveals knowledge, truth and comforts us in times of trial. I testify that these principles are true.... As we are sincere and ask in faith, the Holy Ghost will manifest truth to each of us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Steve
In the Holy Temple, authorized servants perform sacred ordinances which enable all, who are willing to exercise their faith and ”come unto Him”, to make sacred covenants and to receive blessings that extend beyond the grave and reach into the eternities. In these temples, we can be taught eternal truths as well as contemplate heavenly principles and work through earthly challenges, in the spirit of peace and tranquility- without the mind numbing influences and distractions of the world. It’s a wonderful place, for those who qualify to enter and who are desirous to align their wills with Heavenly Fathers, to learn more about as well as commit to His plan for our happiness, which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. I have a strong belief that Heavenly Father wants us to return and live with him! Because He loves us He has prepared a way for all to learn of Him and to receive the saving ordinances of the His gospel. Families are meant to be forever.... These wonderful relationships which we form on this earth were not intended to be dissolved at death. In temples we can be married for time and all eternity and be sealed to our children forever! God gave authority to his apostles to bind on earth as well as in Heaven. That same authority is on this earth today and is being exercised in these sacred places called temples. It’s a wonderful place with marvelous promises and blessings available to all who desire to receive them! Show more Show less