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Hi I'm Steven

I am rejuvinated whenever I spend time enjoying the beauty of this earth and associating with people everywhere. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have four wonderful children and now ten grandchildren. We feel great pride and experience great joy in life as we reflect on the blessings of having and being a part of a loving family. Being "empty-nesters", we try to keep fit by working out together (running, biking,swimming, etc.) and seeking for opportunities to participate and compete in athletic-related events. We feel that keeping physically active will provide us with the means and ability to fully engage in more adventure, travel and physically demanding activities as we approach and enter our retirement years. We love to travel, to see and experience new places and cultures, meet new people and enjoy the beauty and majesty of this earth. We also look forward to many opportunities present and in the future to perform service and make meaningful contributions to the lives of others around the globe. We have realized over the years of working and struggling to provide for our family and for ourselves, that it doesn't much matter what our chosen profession or work is , but only that it provides us with a mechanism to sustain us and allow us to function, learn, grow, love and gain experience. Joy is only understood as we experience trials and challenges and then fully recognize the blessings and goodness we receive from God in this mortal existence.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received many spiritual witnesses that have confirmed to me the truthfulness of the teachings and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have witnessed the goodness and blessings that come from living the gospel principles, given to us through Jesus Christ, our redeemer. I also recognize the pain and sorrow that come to us and others who do not choose to follow such principles of living. Life is a series of choices, and I accept that my personal happiness is mostly determined by the choices I make and the paths I choose to follow. I have learned that life's greatest happiness can be best experienced within the setting and framework of a family - when love, support, respect and service is both given and received. I consider my most meaningful relationships to be those with my wife, my children, my grandchildren, my siblings and my extended family. Through the teachings of the Church, I have been given the promise that my spouse and family will be blessed to retain the bonds of marriage and family in the life after this mortal experience, if we but live up to the covenants we have made together in the Lord's temples. This promise is but one of the many blessings that I have received through my membership in the Church. My children have been richly blessed through their involvement in the Church's programs and activities that nurture, teach and strengthen children, youth, young adults, and now as parents and adults themselves. I know that it is through the church and through family-centered gospel living that my children have avoided wrong choices and been able to make their way more clearly through life's challenging times unscathed. They have been able to develop their own spiritual beacon and gain their own personal testimony in Jesus Christ and his teachings. I know that the scriptures and the guidance of living prophets are the keys to our understanding God's plan of happiness for us , his children.

How I live my faith

I am an active participant in my LDS Ward and in my community. I participate in service projects , such as helping families move, or contributing to special activities or events. I also have been asked to take responsibility for the organization and coordination of the cleaning of our church building by members of my Ward (congregational unit in the Mormon church). We all take turns cleaning the building two times each week to ensure that the building is clean and presentable for Sunday services as well as other programs and activities that use the building during the week. It is fun to be able to talk to all the Ward members about their opportunity to participate as a family in cleaning efforts. I also have a responsibility to keep in contact with and visit several families each month (Home Teaching), to help and encourage and assist them as their needs might dictate. Our church has hosted several community-wide events to benefit the people of our area and enrich the lives of our citizenry. I had for many years been involved with Boys Scouting and youth activities. Of particular joy to me was being able to organize and direct some high-adventure activities for a large group of youth from many Wards in the Parker and Castle Rock area. It was always a thrill to see them be inspired by the beauties of nature and to see them face and conquer their personal fears through engagement in challenging outdoor adventures such as rock climbing/rappelling, cave exploration, white-water rafting, backpacking and camping.