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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in the Northwestern United States. I'm an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father - I have a beautiful wife and 5 wonderful energetic kids. I went to college for 12 years as we enjoyed living in various parts of the United States. Before college, I served a 2 year mission in Ecuador, speaking spanish for a year; and listening to others speak a native dialect called quechua for the other year. My number one joy is time away with my family. We love to go fishing and simply spending time outdoors together. I work hard at the office, coming home at the end of the day is certainly a treat. I also enjoy participating in foreign surgical mission trips to repair cleft-lip and palate deformities on undeserving, underserved children. At the age of eight years old, after much effort, my parents gave up trying to have me learn to play the piano; then they gave in to allowing me to take guitar lessons. I have played ever since. My best therapy is coming home after a long day at work and turning up my amplifier as loud as we can stand, then jumping and dancing with all my kids to whatever comes out. I also play the acoustic guitar and I have tried to teach myself the violin. It's a work in progress.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family with parents who had strong faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. When I was 16, I decided I should learn what other churches taught. I spent about a year speaking with leaders of all the different churches in my town about what they believed and taught. At the same time, I began a serious study of the Book of Mormon and tried to understand the faith of my fathers. The more I spoke with leaders of other churches, the more I recognized the need for God to have one true church on the earth, with one faith, and one authority -- one whole truth. As I spent time in study and prayer, I came to know that the Mormon faith was true and that the Book of Mormon, which is additional scripture, is also true. As I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I felt closer to Heavenly Father, and I recognized that the faith of my fathers was my faith, too. At the end of the Book of Mormon, the last prophet to add words to the scriptures, asks us to pray to know for ourselves if the book is true. He tells us by the power of the Holy Ghost, we can know if the Book of Mormon is true, and subsequently, if the restored church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. This I did after many hours of contemplation and prayer, asking Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true, and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His church on the earth. It was there in my room, alone, that into my heart came an overwhelming burning feeling that undeniably confirmed the validity of what I had studies in the Book of Mormon. This experience, and many others like unto it since then, have confirmed and reaffirmed to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. This same spirit has allowed me to know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, and that he speaks God's will to us for our time, just as in ancient times. This is my testimony.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my faith by how I treat my family. I also have been asked to help the youth in our congregation. We spend one night a week getting together to learn, talk, and enjoy wholesome time together. We try our best as a family to read the scriptures each day and say a family prayer to help us get through the day. With 5 kids at home it is a bit of a zoo at times, but we march on together and live, laugh, and love together.