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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a father of 5 sons. My wife and I own a promotional marketing company. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to travel. Meeting new people and getting acquainted with new customs is fascinating. I got the travel bug when I was young. My family moved to Spain for 5 years when I was a young boy. Being called to be a mormon missionary in Chile was the beginning of my own international experience. After my mission, I returned to Spain as a college student. Fortunately, I married a woman that loves to travel as much as I do. Upon getting a master's degree in international business, we've lived in Medellin, Columbia, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Dundee Scotland. Living and traveling internationally while trying to raise 5 sons was challenging. Thus, I left corporate America and my wife and I started our own marketing company in Colorado. We still travel international but now only for pleasure. My sons, however, are getting the bug. Between living, vacationing and serving foreign missions (my oldest served in Northern Spain and my second son is currently serving in Mexico City), they are following in their parents' footsteps. Colorado offers a perfect life style for my family and me. We love the outdoors and are avid snow skiers, water skiers, hikers, backpackers and mountain bikers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a mormon by great parents from Ogden, Utah. For some reason, my parents thought it would be a great experience for the family to move to Madrid, Spain. Other than my dad's military experience in WWII, neither of my parents had barely traveled outside of Utah. Let alone internationally. Living in Spain, however, was a wonderful experience for me as a young boy. Leaving the predominately Mormon state of Utah, I had to learn early on what it meant to be a mormon and if it was for me. Spain was fascinating because the church was not permitted to be organized under the dictator Francisco Franco when we first arrived in 1967. However, the following year the first mormon missionaries were allowed to enter and to proselyte and teach the Spanish people. My father helped the first mission president find an office and home for his family downtown Madrid. The office ended up be two doors from our home and the mission home two blocks. Therefore, I saw the mormon missionaries almost daily and we had them in our home frequently. I loved their message of hope and peace and the mission of our Savior. I gained my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and decided that I wanted to be a missionary when I turned 19. I loved my mission to Santiago, Chile. I loved the people and their strong belief in God. It was a privilege to teach them and to see them change their lives for the better as they accepted his gospel and made changes in their lives. I have tried to live the same teaching that I shared with the Chilean people over 30 years ago and to raise my sons with the same belief in God. In today's world, I can't imagine trying to raise sons to be honorable and righteous. I know that I'm a child of God and that he knows be personally. I know that he sent his son to earth to die for us. I know that we can be forgiven of our sins if we repent, are baptized and following Christ's teaching. I know that we can return to his presence.

How I live my faith

My calling in church is to work with the young men in becoming Eagle scouts. The Mormon or LDS church is one of the largest supporters of the Boys Scouts of America as it is the activity arm of our young men's program. It's a perfect calling for me as I love the outdoors, I have 5 sons, and I believe scouting can help make young men become honorable men. As a young men's leader, I have the opportunity to take the older scouts on a high adventure trip. From 50 mile backpacking trips, climbing one of Colorado's 14ers (there are 53 mountains in Colorado over 14,000 feet) to river rafting, we're always looking for the next adventure. Besides the adventure, however, we look to share valuable life lessons with the young men and to help them strengthen their testimony of their Savior.