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Hi I'm Sterling

I grew up in the U.S. and Brazil, and have lived in Asia and Europe, too. I'm a proud husband, dad, and grandpa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While I was born in Wyoming, by the time I was 21 I had spent nearly half of my life living abroad: 7 years in Brazil, and 2 years in South Korea. Later, my wife and I lived in the Netherlands for 4 years with our 2 youngest children. As a result, I speak Dutch, Portuguese and a smattering of Korean still, in addition to English. My professional life has been in technology. I am also a musician, playing piano and organ -- not necessarily highly skilled, but an amateur in the pure sense of the word, enjoying many different styles.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, having been taught its principles from a very early age. As I grew up, most of my youth (almost all of it, actually) was spent in areas where Mormons were in the minority. I could see for myself the blessings that came from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the foundation and surety it gave our family, and the eternal perspective we gained from it. And over time I came to know for myself that this is the true church and where my Heavenly Father wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I was in a conversation with a Dutch colleague while waiting for a flight and he commented: "You're a Mormon, aren't you? My impression is that for Mormons, your faith is not just a Sunday thing, but a way of life." That I believe really sums it up...my faith is my way of life. It informs my decisions and attitudes in most every aspect of my life. Looking at the past month, I have played the organ for church services, taught a Sunday lesson, volunteered an afternoon at the church cannery (where we were bottling pancake syrup for the church's food bank), visited a sick member of our congregation to give a blessing for recovery, served out pie and ice cream at a social event, indexed birth records from Holland and South Africa to make them available for anyone searching their family history...a pretty typical month in my life, and I suspect for many of my faith.