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Hi I'm Sterling

I run a world-wide charity that serves underprivileged children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New Mexico and have lived in Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, and now Arizona. I serve as the President and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization serving children in the U.S., Africa, and Central & South America. I have been married for 27 wonderful years and am blessed with 3 great children - though life has certainly presented many challenges. I enjoy reading and golf in my spare time and most of all I love to travel. I especially love traveling to historically significant places - so far in the US, Europe, and Africa - but hopefully on other continents some day soon.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was born into the Mormon faith but was not an active member growing up. He met and married my mom, who though not active in any faith, chose to have their marriage performed by a Baptist minister. After having their first two children, they began searching for more meaning in their life and their search led them to the Mormon missionaries. My mom believed the missionaries' message and chose to be baptized and my dad made a commitment to become an active member of the church he had always been a member of but had rarely attended. I was blessed to be born into a family that believed in God and Jesus Christ and taught me to try and live the two great commandments - to love God and to love my neighbor. As is customary, I was baptized at age 8 and I have been an active Mormon for my entire life. I was privileged to serve a mission for my church when I was 19 years old - I was called to serve in Sweden and was able to learn the Swedish language and serve among the wonderful Swedish people. It was a tremendous honor to represent the Lord Jesus Christ as a missionary and to share the message of His restored gospel. I had many experiences on my mission that solidified by belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the fact that the fullness of that gospel had been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and that the Book of Mormon is indeed a book of holy scripture that stands together with the Bible as the revealed word of God. The experiences I have had since my mission -- serving in the Church, raising my children, my wonderful marriage -- have all thoroughly strengthened my conviction that this is indeed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, restored in its fullness once again to the earth.

How I live my faith

Everything I encounter in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches and encourages me to be more Christ-like in all that I say and do. I often fall short of the standard that is set for members of the Church and am therefore grateful for the knowledge and understanding I have gained of Christ's Atonement and the opportunity it gives me to repent of my shortcomings and resolve to do better. In order to be a good Mormon, I have to be a good neighbor and citizen. I appreciate the emphasis the Church places on serving my neighbor and serving the community. I currently have the opportunity to volunteer my time in serving with the 12-18 year old young men in my congregation. I meet with them every Sunday for an hour where we discuss principles that will help them to become worthy husbands and fathers and better followers of Christ. We also meet every Wednesday evening for an hour and a half where we participate in service, career, sports, and spiritual activities. Working with these young men reminds me of the importance of being a good example to them and also gives me great hope for the future as I witness the goodness that is within them and I see their desires to do what is right.