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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in New Mexico. I'm an attorney and a novelist.

About Me

I grew up in New Mexico, served an LDS mission to South Korea, then attended BYU, where I studied creative writing and editing. I then went to school in Virginia, where I got an MFA in creative writing. Following that, my wife and I moved to Michigan for law school. We wanted to be back out west, so we moved to Denver to start my practice. We enjoy hiking, skiing, watching football, and playing with our kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was Catholic in name only, but mostly we had a deep skepticism towards religion. By my junior year in high school, I felt there had to be more to life than just basketball and the social scene. I spent my evenings alone, studying various religions, everything from Buddhism to Islam. When I came across the Church of Jesus Christ, I was curious and began asking questions. I was eager to meet with the missionaries, and I asked them hard questions. After nine months of studying the Church, I was still unsure. I felt that if I was going to commit, it needed to be fully. The missionaries challenged me to fast and pray about whether the Church was the true church of Jesus Christ. I had never fasted, but I tried it, sincerely praying and asking God if what they were teaching me was true. Two days later, I saw in my mind two distinct images: one of my life without the Church, and one of my life with it. In the first, I was successful as to the things of the world, but my life was hollow, my marriage in shambles, and my relationships with my family members strained at best. In the latter, I saw a life of fulfillment, where I had positive relationships with my children, siblings, and parents. And I knew at that moment what I needed to do. I was baptized just a couple of weeks later and have never turned back. Now sixteen years later, I am beginning to see the image I saw that night come to fruition. And although I have had many, many experiences over the last decade and a half to confirm my choice, I always look back on that night with a special fondness. It changed my life forever.

How I live my faith

Although I am busy trying to build a legal practice at a large law firm, I actually spend between 15 and 20 hours a week teaching teenage youth in the church in an early-morning class each weekday. We all arrive at the church before 6am, and I teach the children from the scriptures. This year we are studying the Old Testament. While teaching the class is daunting at times, given the preparation required, I truly have come to love the kids I teach. And the blessings from the teaching have spilled over to my family, as I regularly engage in conversations about the spiritual principles we discuss in class with my wife and my children. I also find that my faith helps keep my work and family in balance. In my profession, it's easy to work long hours, and to keep feeling as though I need to work more and more to get ahead. But I remember that my first obligation is to raising my kids and being a good husband to my wife. That motivation gets me home for dinner each night. It keeps me home on the weekends. Indeed, my faith, and my understanding of the importance of families, which I believe can be together forever, informs almost every decision I make at my job. And I'm grateful for it.