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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a husband and a father of three. I work as an engineer and love snowboarding. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors, perhaps because I grew up camping and canoeing in Michigan with my dad. I like to hike, bike, or just enjoy being outside as much as I can with my family. But, probably like most people, the bulk of my time is spent working. In my case, I work as a consulting petroleum engineer evaluating quantities of oil or gas in the ground and their value. My wife and I have three kids that keep us on our toes. The two oldest are twins that were born 10 weeks early, weighing just under and just over 3 lbs each. While the first year was filled with the stress and anxiety that comes with premature babies, watching them grow, learn, and develop has been a joy and a lesson in life. Our third child has been a much easier experience so far, but equally appreciated. My wife is the heart and miracle-worker of our home and has helped me understand the importance of our marriage the treasured blessing that our family is. When occasion permits, I like to go snowboarding. Nothing beats a day of the steep and deep somewhere in the Rockies! One of my last surviving hobbies, I love everything about snowboarding, except the reminder that I'm not getting any younger.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, which undoubtedly was the initial reason that I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Later on as a teenager, I began to doubt my faith and to question my motivations for living such a seemingly strict and unpopular lifestyle. Was it true and was all of the effort worth it? I sincerely wanted it to be true but felt like it didn't know for sure; that I lacked either sufficient knowledge or the life-changing experiences that I supposed other people had. My hope that the Church was true was what carried me for several years. At age 19, I left home to serve as a missionary in Bolivia for two years. After months of study, prayer, and labor I came to realize that I really did know that the gospel of Jesus Christ was in fact true and that its fulness was found in the church that bears His name. Somehow I had always know and just refused to let myself accept it. The sacrifice and hard work associated with missionary service had humbled me and allowed my faith to shake off my previous doubts and grow into a strong motivating force. Several more years rolled by and my faith was tested again and again as I had to make harder choices regarding how to live and raise my family. Gradually, I learned that faith was a choice and not just something that happened to people, and that it required a lot of effort. As I decided to have faith, I began to recognize the continual influence of God in my life and the reality of His true church, like connecting the dots to reveal a picture. Now I can say I'm a Mormon because I know the teachings of the Church are true and because it makes my life happier. Continued study, prayer and the daily assurances from God of His hand in my life give me an inner peace that is my witness.

How I live my faith

Like most people, I try to live my faith the best I can. I go to Church each week, pray every day, and read my scriptures on the train to work. At Church, I currently team teach a class of 7-yr-olds with wife each Sunday. I love being with and learning from those children. While I'm far from perfect, I think the best way to live my faith is to serve others, whether it be a friend or a stranger. Being kind, respectful toward others, and offering an understanding ear, and uplifting smile or a helping hand are things I hope to be known for.