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Hi I'm Steven Pray

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm married with two cats and work at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

About Me

I met my wife, who is from Maryland, while attending Brigham Young University. We were married in the Washington D.C. Temple on December 27th, 2007. My wife and I both currently work at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she as a nurse and me in patient relations. We have a cat that we got while engaged and another we adopted while in Maryland who require all of our attention. The four of us make up our family for now. Before I married, I grew up in Irving and Lewisville Texas. I grew up around family and some of my fondest memories involve family reunions. I went to Lewisville High School and was a Fighting Farmer. High school was great and I made a lot of friends there. After high school, I served a 2 year mission for the LDS church in Minas Gerais, Brazil. I loved my mission. Albeit difficult, I could not have done anything more rewarding at that point in my life. I had been preparing for my mission my whole life by attending church and seminary and sharing what I knew with others. After my mission, I moved to Utah to attend school where I was fortunate enough to have some mission buddies and some friends from Texas as my roommates. We had the same standards and had probably more fun than we should have. We all grew up, married and keep in touch (those who are far away), mostly through fantasy football. I enjoy reading, wakeboarding, snowboarding, camping, watching movies, playing games, jokes, having fun with my pets, and am devoted to my family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I have come to know that Jesus Christ loves us enough to provide a clear path to follow in order to return to our Father in Heaven. I was raised by parents who took religion and the Gospel of Christ seriously. They taught me about Jesus Christ through the scriptures. I have faint memories of going to church as an infant and attending nursery. i attended Primary from age 5 to 12 where I learned about simple stories from the scriptures and about Jesus Christ. My family had one night a week where we would talk about the Gospel together and spend time as a family. As a teenager, I attended early morning seminary. I remember the alarm blaring at 5 am (I have come to loath the alarms that buzz and cringe when I hear them) and me dragging myself out of bed to read scriptures and pray as a family then make my way to church with my older brother to study the scriptures. After I graduated from seminary when I graduated from high school, I attended weekly study groups with peers and then was called as a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I flew half way across the world and learned a new language in a matter of months (I know the Lord blessed me). I preached of Christ to complete strangers and His restored gospel on the earth. I gave all I had. I remember being so exhausted that I would lay in bed upon arriving at my apartment and wake up the next morning, still dressed. I returned home, met a wonderful woman and married her for time and all eternity. Through all this, from my earliest memories, I remember feeling something different and special when I studied and learned about Christ. When I read the Bible and Book of Mormon, I felt that they were true. I learned that it was the Spirit of the Lord telling me that they were true books. I learned that I could be with my family forever if I was faithful. I learned about Christ's church and wanted to be a member. The Gospel brings me closer to my Savior.

How I live my faith

I try to think about what Christ would do and then I do it. I make mistakes and rely on Christ to help me find my way back. I try to love others as much as I possibly can. I devote myself to my family and try to let the Spirit guide me as I do so. I recognize that each good thing in my life stems from my Heavenly Father and all my difficulties are here to make me stronger as I lean on my Savior.