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Hi I'm Steve

I have always been a Mormon and I love it.

About Me

I am the father of six beautiful children and ten grandchildren. My children claim they grew up on a sawdust farm because we build things out of wood. I'm a cabinetmaker. I have a reputation for being able to fix ANYTHING. (I can't fix computers.) I love to play in the sand with my sand rail and quads. Of my six children, five of them are boys, so we like to go together. We go camping and like to hike the trails in the mountains surrounding our home. We also like to go to the lake by our home and water ski. With the economy falling off we haven't been able to do much of this stuff, but last time we got together we created a water park in our back yard with a couple of boards, some rope and a laundry soap bucket and some PVC pipe. Like most things, it was more fun making it than it was playing in it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born in the church. But, like all who are born into the church, I had to gain a conviction for myself. At the age of 19 I was called to serve a mission in Vancouver, British Columbia. As we knocked on doors, those we approached wanted to know how I knew. I had always believed, but this caused some reflection. As I looked back on my short life to that point, I realized that I had always known that it was true. Some of this was caused by my siblings that rebelled against my parents' wishes. As I watched this happen at home, I thought in my mind, 'This is so easy. Can't they see?' But going back to knocking on doors in Canada, I took the opportunity in a quiet moment to kneel down and ask for myself if the things that I was sharing was truth. I received the answer that the Book of Mormon is true and the Savior did live and has restored His church to the earth again through the Prophet Joseph Smith. This knowledge and testimony sustained me through rain and shine, snow and cold.

How I live my faith

Because I am self employed I live a pretty busy life with long, long hours at work. But one of the things that I have been able to do in my community is give blood. I volunteer in church helping the youth when they go on camping trips. We camp with the girls and then with the boys separately for about a week in the summer. My wife and I do the cooking for these groups, which usually range between 80-160 people. It is really quite fun and boy, can this church put on a great program for the youth. I am always blown away by the dedication in its leaders. I also serve with the leader of several of our congregations on a council that help him get things done and make wise decisions. I travel around to each of these congregations during the year and observe and also speak to them in our Sunday meetings. It is really challenging, but I am blessed by it. I love rubbing shoulders with these people and seeing how things are organized. It has helped me in my business and helped me appreciate and love my children more. I have also been blessed to serve at the leader of one of these congregations. I have spent a great deal of my time with the youth. I love the young people. I love the outdoors so hanging with the guys has been a great blessing to me.