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Hi I'm Steve

My kids think I'm crazy. I think I'm funny. We've come to a compromise. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a single parent family. After my parents divorced, my mother was left to raise a family of five small children alone. She came to feel felt of place and looked down upon at the local church we attended. Mom was a hard worker who taught my brothers and sisters and I good work ethics. When I was about 9 years old we were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ through the love and dedication of the missionaries and close friends. The gospel has since given me a since of direction for my life. It was hard at times without a father figure, but the men in my new ward stepped up and helped fill that void. They taught me an excellent value system, and helped me in times of need. I will be forever grateful for their example. I have a loving wife, and four great children who I love with all my heart. My eldest son is currently serving a two year church mission in Oregon. I recently retired after 22 years on the police force,and currently work at a local community college as a police officer - I take pride in my years of service. While on the police department I was able to attend night classes and earn my Masters Degree. I feel blessed to have recieved such a wonderful education.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is simple in it's concepts, and simple to follow if you are in tune with the teachings of Christ. I believe very few things in life are free. Therefore, I believe we are saved in and through the grace of Christ after having done all that we can do on our own behalf. While the Atonement of Christ is for the benefit of all mankind, I believe salvation is earned, it is not an entitlement. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives everyone the opportunity to earn their place at eh side of our Father in Heaven. Being a Mormon means realizing that we are imperfect, and in need of the the power of repentance to ease our souls, and bring us back into the spiritual embrace of Christ. The gift of agency is a blessing given to us all by a kind Heavenly Father. Being a faithful Mormon comes down to making the most of those choices; choosing to believe in modern-day revelation, choosing to believe in modern prophets, and that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ; believing that the Book of Mormon and Bible are true. And above all, believing that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I am a Mormon because I believe all the above to be true. True in origion, in design, and true throughout eternity. I know God lives and Jesus is the Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as a counselor to a local ward Bishop. This means I help coordinate meetings and activities for members of the congregation. I feel that having faith in Christ compells me to serve others, both on an individual basis and through my calling in the bishopric. I do not ask anyone to do anything that I am not willing to do myself. I strive to read and continually learn about my faith through scripture study, and by keeping my life in harmony with Christ's teachings. I participate in scout camp outings, and building my faith through my interactions with others who serve the young men in our area. Often, teaching others about my faith comes through my own example of living what I know to be true. It is my experience that actions often speak louder than words.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Steve
No, we do not. We do believe Joseph Smith, like prophets in ancient times, received revelation from God and Jesus Christ concerning the nature and destiny of man. Just like any other man, he was subject to temptation, life's stresses, and trying to measure up to the expectations of God and man. I revere Joseph Smith like I revere Paul from the New Testament, or Abraham from the Old Testament, as a prophet who received revelation from God. but, I do not worship him. I believe Joseph Smith did see God our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith, like every man and woman who has ever lived, or will live on the earth, will be held accountable to God for his actions. Show more Show less