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Hi I'm Steven

I grew up in Washington State, am a married father of five, and enjoy long distance running and basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a father is a great blessing and a huge challenge. It's not so much the number of children -- I have five -- it's finding the proper balance between encouragement/instruction and independence/choice. And each child is different -- what works for one may not work for another. Long distance running provides an opportunity to strengthen the body while clearing the mind. If only my knees will cooperate for years to come! I like to run a marathon a year while maintaining a more modest running schedule the remainder of the year. Basketball is just plain fun -- as long as you are realistic about what your body can and cannot do. It's a challenge to balance the different demands of life, but I think that's a key reason we are on Earth -- to learn to prioritize well. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest I was fortunate to make great friends with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We respect our differences and enjoy what we have in common.

Why I am a Mormon

Belief in Jesus Christ helps me focus on something other than the here and now. I am able to look beyond myself and toward others -- something Christ was a great example of. In short, being Mormon helps me be a better person. Joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a personal decision that, I believe, needs to be confirmed by the Holy Ghost (the Spirit). Membership in any organization should not be done through compulsion or any means that deprives one of choice. Through research, scripture study, and fervent prayer I believe truth can be made known through the confirmation of the Spirit. That is exactly how I came to join the LDS Church and make it an integral part of my life. My wife and I have been blessed in so many areas of our lives as a result of our Church membership. The day goes better, relationships with our children are stronger, I treat others more kindly, and the ability to overcome major life difficulties is enhanced because of the faith we adhere to.

How I live my faith

I love serving others -- those who are not members of our church and those who are. Working on local projects side by side with people of various denominations brings me a lot of satisfaction. In the church setting, I help lead a group of 3,600 LDS Church members. I help oversee the work of the various wards (congregations) in the Bothell and Woodinville areas. Ultimately, the work we do is to help people come to Christ -- it's as simple as that. I love teaching from the scriptures and sharing examples of personal growth I have undergone over the years through trying to follow Christ. I am appreciative of so many in the Church who give willingly of their time and talents -- likewise without pay -- to help others grow spiritually and improve their lives.