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Hi I'm Steve

I am a husband, a father, and a dentist who works with children. I love science, history, and literature, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

As I said before, I am a dentist who works mainly with children. It can be very challenging to help a fearful child accept dental treatment, but I am grateful for the experience. It has taught me so much that has helped me to be more patient and loving with my own children. I studied biology and chemistry in college, and I generally understand the world from a scientific perspective. I love to read, and at any given time I am usually reading 2-3 books, with recent subjects including US history, theoretical physics, the Navy SEALS, and Harry Potter. I spend most Saturdays doing yard work and repairing my aging sprinkler system. But when I get the chance, I love to take my wife and kids camping and hiking in Arizona's high country.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith, but I became a "true believer" by my own choice. I was always encouraged to go to God directly in prayer to learn the truth about things I was taught. Whenever I have prayed, seeking an answer - with a real commitment to follow the answer, whatever it might be - I have always come to the same conclusion. God is real and He personally knows and loves me and every other person on Earth. Humanity is becoming more agnostic and even atheist with each generation. Being educated in the sciences, I can understand the pull to move away from belief in something that cannot be seen or demonstrated outside of personal experience. But I cannot deny the experience that God has given me. The power of God's love filled my heart, spoke peace to my mind, and confirmed that what I had been taught all through my life was true. Jesus is God's Son. Through his suffering and death, he paid the price of justice for every minor and major act of evil that I do or that anyone has done. He actually returned to life after being dead for three days. It sounds unbelievable to say that in our modern world, but God has confirmed it to me, and so I believe the accounts of the apostles and prophets who actually saw Him. The same God who answered my prayers and convinced me of Christianity also answered my prayers about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. And so I know too that Joseph Smith was one of the many to whom Jesus appeared after being resurrected. Joseph Smith was given the important tasks of organizing this church and of giving to the world the Book of Mormon - another declaration that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I cannot deny the answers God has given me, so despite my natural inclination to "believe it when I see it," I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

My faith influences my day to day life in so many ways. I pray for success as a husband and father. I pray for success in working with my young patients. Despite the billions of other people on this planet, I truly believe that God has time for my simple concerns. He hears and answers my prayers. I have had the privilege of serving in many positions in different congregations of the church. I've been a Sunday School teacher, a Boy Scout leader, and a full time missionary. I have come to accept as a rule of thumb that the more dedicated I am at serving in the church, the happier I am. It teaches you to get outside of yourself and work for something better. Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 16:25, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."

Are Mormons Christians?

If the definition of being Christian is having faith that Jesus Christ suffered and died to pay the price of punishment for our sins to allow us to live with God in Heaven someday, then Mormons are definitely Christians. Many people have told me that I'm not a Christian because I'm a Mormon. Their reasons are often based on misunderstandings - they think I don't accept the Bible, or that I worship Joseph Smith, or their preacher told them Mormonism was an evil cult. I just ask them to please let me define my own faith. Christianity is not a club that Mormons can be exluded from just because some don't think we qualify. Christianity is a broad term that describes all faiths that have Jesus Christ as their central figure and teacher. Mormons clearly fall within that umbrella. Our belief in Jesus can be summed up in 2 Nephi 25:26 of the Book of Mormon: "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Show more Show less