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Hi I'm Steve

I was raised on a ranch in Wyoming, graduated from university, and I am married. I am the father of ten children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a ranch in the mountains of Wyoming which meant hard work and long hours. It also allowed for fishing, hunting and camping. Tasks included milking cows, feeding pigs and chickens and wrangling cattle. Sometimes we helped cows through the birthing process. That was awesome. This farm work cost me a thumb and two toes and other lesser injuries, but life at home was pleasant with 3 siblings, loving parents, grandparents and loads of fun cousins. My hobbies were, and still are shooting and reading. Stories of fighter pilots were favorites. I loved seeing jet planes fly over our home. I thought I would become a fighter pilot, but it wasn't meant to be. Poor eyesight and a short thumb kept me out of military flying, and possibly saved my life. Between college years I served 2 years as a missionary for my church. Chicago was a big change from my home town of 500. I discovered that I really loved helping people find happiness as they learned to follow the Savior. Natural curiosity and my desire for justice led to a career in federal law enforcement. Undercover work was a thrill, and I found I was really good at research. Soon I will retire and plan to serve another church mission with my wife. My years are currently blessed by association with the families of our ten children and 32 grandchildren. I also enjoy attending the temple. I am so grateful to know Heavenly Father knows my name, and loves me. I am thankful for our Savior's Atonement for each of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home, participating in family prayer both morning and night. I was taught to pray at my mother's knee and learned early in life that I have a loving Father in Heaven who answered those prayers. My life has been full of miracles, beginning with the day my baby sister had stopped breathing, turned blue and appeared to have died from an asthma attack. That was before the miracle drugs of today. I watched my father and neighbor, both holding the Priesthood (the authority to act in God's name), give my sister a blessing that brought her back to life. In high school I attended early-morning Seminary where we were taught about our Savior's Atonement. We also learned Christ established His Church, which was later lost with the death of the Apostles. I then learned the history of the Restoration of His church in our day, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. These were things I had also been taught in my home, but it was at age 16, at a youth conference when I really came to know these things were true. I felt in my heart for the first time the overpowering witness that Joseph Smith had, as he said, had a vision, seeing both God the Father and Jesus Christ. I now knew I believed these things, not just because my parents knew it was true, but because of my very personal witness I had received from the Holy Ghost. I also read and gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I then knew I would serve as a missionary for our church when I reached the required age of 19. After returning home from my mission I soon met my sweetheart and we were married in the temple for time and for eternity. I was so grateful that this would not end as "until death do you part." I know we will be together forever and can have our children with us forever. Raising these ten children to love and honor parents, God and country, and to love and serve each other has only been possible by following the principles taught by Jesus Christ. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In addition to my full-time employment my adult life has always included assignments as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I continue to serve as a home teacher (visiting families at least monthly to see that their physical and spiritual needs are being met). Past assignments have been varied. One was as the leader of a local congregation. This meant performing marriages, conducting funerals and visiting, counseling and ministering to needy families. I have served as a teacher to both youth and adults. Another past activity was serving as a Chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol. More recently I have been trained as a CERT Member (Citizens Emergency Response Team). I have also obtained my HAM radio license, and in the absence of an emergency I participate in a weekly Net Check-in. One of my current assignment takes me weekly to the temple where I join others in cleaning the temple. I also teach a weekly Sunday School Class. Here I teach those who are learning about the Church. I feel it is a great privilege to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share my testimony. It brings me great happiness to see how people's lives change when they follow Christ's teachings and learn how the Atonement was accomplished for everyone. This is the most wonderful principle I know. It helps me know that after all I can do, which is not nearly enough, then through the Grace of Christ I can be made worthy to return to live in my Heavenly Father's presence. I will retire shortly and plan to serve another church mission with my wife. This will be wherever the Lord sends us. It could be anywhere in the world and probably will last for two years. Then family history research will probably become my focus. My life continues to be filled with opportunities to serve the Lord.