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Hi I'm Steve

I served as a U.S. Military linguist. Live in Hawaii and spend a lot of time at the beach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my early 30's and married with three young kids. We recently moved to Hawaii for work, so we spend a lot of time at the beach. We have lived across the United States in California, Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii. I was born in Utah and grew up in California. I love outdoor activities such as sports, snowboarding, wakeboarding, body boarding, etc. I enjoy baseball (S.F. Giants) and college football (U. of Utah). I completed my education with the Military and studied international relations. I currently work in consulting and cyber security.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have had a spiritual conversion. I know in my heart and head it is true. To me the Church just makes sense. I particularly appreciate the eternal perspective of the Church. I love that I have been sealed to my wife for all eternity, not just until death do us part. I love that God has a defined plan for eternity that we are a part of. We don't have to wonder what we will be doing after we die, but that we will be engaged in furthering His Kingdom and will be "heirs and joint heirs with Christ". I also love the practicality. The Church stresses focus on the family as it is the central unit of society. It pushes education of all types; it is not afraid of science and progress. The faith's code of health stresses moderation and healthy habits; to avoid substances that are addicting and bind us. As a result, individuals who follow this code have a longer life expectancy on average. It continually encourages it's members to live frugally and responsibly, not beyond their means. To be honest and hard-working employees and employers, to treat all with fairness. The Church as an organization sets the example for us by staying completely out of debt and in the way it manages it's affairs. Finally, I have a testimony that this is God's restored gospel. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that Joseph Smith literally saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and that he translated the Book of Mormon. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. There is no possible way that it could be false; its doctrines are sound, coincide with the Bible, and teaches a person how to draw nearer to God. "By their fruits ye shall know them." I know that everyone can gain a knowledge of God's will and if the Book of Mormon is true. Simply study, ponder, pray, and have the intent to act on whatever knowledge God gives you and you will be guided and directed by Him.

How I live my faith

I love service. It is through serving your neighbors, family, and community that one demonstrates true Christianity. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to do extra service, but I find joy (even with the occasional inconvenience) in helping a neighbor move or fix a fence, in visiting families and friends just to say hi and to chat, and in many other random events. I also try to live my faith through my work. I hold a leadership position at work and use the Church's instruction on leadership to guide me in my leadership philosophy (see Doctrine and Covenants, section 121). That is to not let authority or power get to my head, correct people directly when needed but always follow-up with love and support, and to be honest and open with everyone. As my family just relocated to Hawaii, I don't currently hold a church position, but in my previous congregation I was responsible for overseeing Missionary Work. That was always a position I wanted to avoid, but I ended up loving it. There are few things as joyous as seeing God's children gain a testimony of the gospel and being baptized. It was wonderful meeting new people and discussing faith and God with them, even if they didn't accept. It was inspiring working Missionaries who leave their homes at the prime of their lives to serve God and learn how to be honorable, faithful Men and Women.