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Hi I'm Steve Baughman

I'm am retired after 42 years as an Engineer in the Paper Industry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an active Methodist home where we went to church every week. I sang in the choir and attended youth activities. I was taught in my home the principles of Honesty, cleanliness, and faith in God. I was taught to work hard and to serve other people. In high school I dated a good Baptist girl who helped me keep the commandments, but posed many questions about God that I could not answer. By the time I attended college I had begun to look beyond my upbringings to find more definitive answers to my questions about life. It just didn't seem to me that just going to church on sunday was all that was needed or required to please God and achieve whatever I was supposed to achieve here in life. In my third year of college I took an eastern religions course to learn what other cultures believe. Though it opened my mind to other cultures, it didn't feel right, nor did it fill my needs to know what God had for me to do. My life was wonderful. I had health, safety, a loving family, a future. Nevertheless, something was still missing, and I was not only willing, but anxious, to find out what that was.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1968 I accepted a summer job in the Paper Industry in Snowflake Arizona. It was between my 3rd and 4th year in college. I met a girl who was home from Brigham Young University for the Summer. I began to spend time with her and descovered in her the peace and fullness I lacked. She knew who she was. She was happy and focused. She knew the Savior and was not afraid to share her understanding. Soon I found myself meeting with two of her high school classmates who had just returned from missions in South America. They introduced me to the fundamental doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I heard each doctrine something stirred in my soul that said "you already know this truth" yet I had never heard it before in my life. After a few weeks I could not deny that I know what they were teaching was true, and that I must become affiliated with this Church. I was baptized on August 8th 1968, and have never questioned that decision once. I know it is true. It has filled my life with purpose, and with joy. I understand the purpose of life, the family, service, Faith in Christ, and the nature of the after life. I married that precious Daughter of God in 1971 in the Temple in Manti Utah, for both time and Eternity. She bore us 5 wonderful Children who also have understood and lived those principles of joy and righteousness and now teach their children in like manner. I'm a Mormon because I sought the truth and recognized it when the Lord presented it to me. I am forever grateful for my wonderful wife, and for the Lord's tender mercies to me. I know it's true.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides daily opportunity to learn and live according to my Faith in Christ and His Gospel. Each day begins with study of the scriptures and kneeling vocal prayers. In addition to the Old and New Testiments of the Bible, I study the Book of Mormon, Another Testiment of Jesus Christ, as well as writings of both ancient and latter day prophets who testify of Jesus Christ and His redemptive Atonement. My work day is like anyone else. I work at a paper factory as an engineer. Every minute of every day the teachings and principles of the Gospel provide for me a blueprint of how Christ would have me to live. I don't swear, use alcohol, coffee, tea, or tobacco, or recreational drugs. I pay a full tithe in order to strengthen my faith in Him who requested it. I strive to be honest in all my doings. I am completely faithful to my wife in both body and mind. I shun pornograply or anything that will dull the spirit in my life. We have now been married for 40 years. I serve in whatever church responsibility I am called to serve, and I have done so for over 40 years now. Through these calls I have seen the Gospel bring joy to many others as it has to me. We have lifted up the hands that hang down, strengthened the feeble knees and mourned with those who mourn I have taught, and led, counselled, and served people of all ages, as one calling gave way to another. The Lord has kept me busy in his work. In all this I continued to provide for my family through my chosen career of Paper Mill engineer, a job which allowed my wife to stay home and nurture our five children and serve in her calls without the requirement to earn support for the family. I don't say any of this to boast. To the contrary, I say this to express the blessings of the Lord to me and my family from membership in His Church. I am so grateful for these wonderful blessings.