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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a Mormon. I am also a convert to the church, my wife and I joined the church together.

About Me

I grew up what is affectionately referred to as an Air Force brat. We moved fairly frequently and I did 12 schools in 12 years. We lived in Germany, Florida, Texas, California, and Hawaii. Having moved around a lot gave me an opportunity to experience different communities, cultures, and people. I am a husband and father of four children who are now grown. I also have two grand children and enjoy the times we all get together. In fact, I recently finished a big chunk of my basement to accomodate more people when the family gathers together. I am self employeed as a trainer and counsultant, after having a career in Human Resources for several companies. I enjoy building and fixing things, For instance I recently build a set of 5 custom bookcases for my basement. I've written a book for for executives on how to interview candidates and am working on a second book on how to engage employees. I enjoy reading both fiction (historical novels, fantacy, mystery, etc) and non-fiction books such as biographies, business books, as well.

Why I am a Mormon

After I had graduated from college and begun my career, my wife and I decided we wanted to find a church to help us raise our children. I set some criteria based on experiences and thoughts I had had as I studied the Bible and gone to various churches. I wanted to find a church that was structured like the Savior Jesus Christ had established. A friend introduced us to the missionaries, and as young as they were they shared a message that fit the criteria I had established. For instance, one scripture I had listed was 2 Peter 2:2 that essentiall says that the way of truth shall evil be spoken of. I had heard many churches say nasty things about the "Mormon" church and when I asked the Missionay Elders that were teaching us to do a comparison with what another church taught, they wouldn't.

How I live my faith

My wife and I joined the church in 1975 and since then I have had the opportunity to fulfill a number of callings. A calling in the church is when a member of the leadership needs someone to take on the responsibility of doing something for others. There is no pay, we have the option of not accepting a calling but most don't. Sometimes a calling might seem difficult or out of my comfort zone and other times it is easy. For instance I've been asked to speak in sacrament meeting, teach Sunday school, and early morning seminary for the youth. I love to teach and see the light go on when a concept gains new meaning. By the way each of those callings was done at different times, not all at once. I've worked with the youth as a young men's leader, scout master, and even in the nursery. Working with young people has been so gratifying. I've also had callings in administrative areas such as being the president of a group of adult men called an Elder's Quorum, a ward mission leader, Bishop of a ward for 6 years, and an employment specialist where I have helped numerous people get the jobs they wanted and needed. Funny thing, I've helped as many non-members as I have church member. I'm like most active members of the church, trying to live a Christ like life, serving others both members and non-members when I can. For instance I'm assigned three families that I watch over and meet with at least once a month. Aside from bringing a spiritual message once a month, I remember birthdays with a treat (usually a peach, strawberry, cherry, or berry sorbet), fix washing machines and dryers, leaky sinks, etc. I have been very blessed with a sense of peace, happieness and contentment that I didn't have before joining the church. I hope you are open to learning more about the church and find the same blessings in your life serving the Lord and growing close to him.