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Hi I'm Stephen

I plan public transportation services in the greater Seattle Area. I love helping things grow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

How would I introduce myself? I enjoy all the usual outdoors stuff well enough; camping, hiking, sports, etc. In the past I've identified myself as a runner but in truth, I always find myself returning to my thoughts. I'm a thinker. I enjoy conversation and searching for what holds everything together. I have always been curious about ideas and whys. Initially my questions were usually why did this movement catch on, how was this person able to bring about such change. These interests lead me to study history. History helped me learn to suspend judgment. To recognize that most decisions are supported by a certain rationale and most influential people are representative of larger societal trends, guided by the Zeitgeist. So, I find myself swimming through the currents of life looking for ways I might be able to channel its energy toward constructive ends.

Why I am a Mormon

My relationship with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has evolved through the years. Growing up it was the source of my most important peer friendships and adult role models. My memories of growing up in the church could be characterized by a desire to know who God was because I very much wanted to be loved by him. My favorite song as a six year old was "I am a Child of God". I have realized only since the important foundation my youthful experiences played in my life. I struggled to establish a strong self-esteem but I learned early where to turn. That God would answer my prayers. That I could tune my spirit toward God and find peace. As I grew up and dated and traveled to Europe many of the doctrines of the church were challenged. The most rewarding spiritual growth I have had has come from struggling to live the gospel and find the love of God in His doctrine. In some ways it reminds me how Joseph Smith described his growth in the gospel as a rock rolling down the mountain, his sharp ungodly edges were knocked off through the adversity he experienced. I am a Mormon because I believe in the love I feel within the gospel of Jesus Christ and know that as I seek His guidance I will be changed in ways I don't even know I'm lacking.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by staying optimistic, by being a friend and taking the time to listen to those around me. I live my faith by having the courage to move beyond the comfortable and familiar when I feel the spirit moving within me. Currently, I coordinate the efforts of the full-time missionaries in our congregation to meet the spiritual and physical needs of those they come in contact with resources and abilities of the church members. I try to teach my children to read from the scriptures and to pray.