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Hi I'm Steve

I was born and raised in Arizona. My wife and I are the proud parents of three and the grandparents of nine and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in the small west valley community of Laveen. This is when it was really small. I enjoyed a very active childhood and was involved in 4-H and FFA. I showed animals at the State Fair every year for nine years straight. I grew up in a loving home with loving parents who tried to do their best for me and my two brothers. I was raised Southern Baptist and always attended church on a regular basis. With my two brothers we were regulars at the summer vacation bible school. God was definately taught in our home and my parents were good examples of righteous people. I got married when I was young and started a family right away. Like most families we struggled to get by and raise our family. I tried to go back to school when I could and when the money was available. I had alot of college credits in alot of different area's. However, I also had a goal to graduate from a University by the time I was fifty. Well, I was 50 years and one month when I graduated from Arizona State University. I think that was close enough to reaching my goal. Of my three children two have Bachelors Degrees and one has an Associates Degree. One of my children went on to get a Juris Doctorate Degree. When I was growing up there wasn't alot of importance placed on higher education. However, I always saw the importance and tried to set the bar higher for my children. My Wife and I really enjoy the Grandparents role as we enter our later years.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in February of 1972. I definately joined in the beginning because of my wife's influence. However, there was never a day that went by that I did not believe it was the true church. I would say the first six years I did not take an active role in being a good member. Thankfully, my Wife always knew the importance of regular church attendance and she was pretty relentless in her efforts to get me to take an active role in our family as the Priesthood leader. I can only thank her for where I am in my life today. While I was raised in a religious home where we were taught to honor and obey the Lord I still felt that something was always missing. For one, I don't remember our family going to Church as a family. I remember my Mom dropping off me and my two brothers each Sunday. I know that my parents had a busy life and they were always working hard to provide the necessities for our family. However, I do know that it makes a difference in the lives of young ones to look over and see their parents sitting next to them on the church pew. This Church offers so many things to help keep the families strong and together. There are many blessings in store for those that strive to do what is right each day. There is generally a bond that developes where children know and understand the importance of regular church attendance and of fullfilling ones duties. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints certainly helps to increase this family bond. Because of my employment I work in an environment where I get to see people every day that have made poor choices and have to suffer the consequences of those choices. My membership in this Church helps me to reach out to them and try to give them a little guidance or redirection in their lives. Often times they don't even know it is happening. I know that my Father in Heaven is aware of them. I don't know where I would be without the influence of this Church.

How I live my faith

I have held many church positions over the years and currently teach a 15-16 year old Sunday School class. The students I have are awesome and are all obedient children that their parents should be proud of. The lessons I prepare are much more for my benefit than for theirs. I try to be a good example to those I come in contact with whether at home, church, work, or wherever. I enjoy the times when people I don't know that well will say, "you are a Mormon, aren't you". I take that as a complement not only for the Church but for the way I live my life. I try to be a good member of my community. I stay active in local politics. That is to say I keep informed on what is going on in my community. I try to be a good neigbor to those in my area so they feel welcome and it helps to have good friends around you. I think one way I live my faith is I strive to attend all my church meetings and to actively participate in discussions. I try to make time for daily prayer and scripture study. This is surely an area where I can improve. I also try to live my life in a way that my Heavenly Father would be happy with me. I try to think what Jesus would do in certain circumstances and try to be like him whenever I can. I try to be a good example to my children and grandchildren. My wife and I have nine super grandchildren. Each one is special in their own way. I try to make time to make it to their school and sports activities. I want them to know how we are proud of them. I give alot of the credit to their parents who do an excellent job of teaching them correct principles. I really do know that they are much better at parenting than I was at their age. I know the Lord will continue to bless me and my family as we strive to do what is right and live our lives in such a way that we can all live with our Heavenly Father again someday. As I have gotten older it seems much easier to have faith and I know the Lord is helping me.