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Hi I'm Steve

I live in a small town and work at the local University. I enjoy reading, bike riding and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 54, have a bachelors degree in electronics and creative writing and work as a janitor at the local university recreation center, while I peck away at a book project. I have been quite fortunate to have four sons, who have grown up to be fine young men, as well as to be married to a wife with a heart of gold. I also have five great grown up step-children. I am interested in a lot of things like: Bicycles and railroads, for fun and environmentally sound transportation. Reading good books, mostly non-fiction. Economics as if people mattered, in other words, ways to put all people, even the ones who are not able to be perfect corporate workers, to work at decent jobs, jobs that pay enough for the worker to purchase all necessities, including health care. Ways to build stronger and more co-operative local communities. The history of Christianity, as there is a lot of interesting lore therein. Music, Classic Rock, Bob Dylan, Blues, Folk, and a lot of other styles, too numerous to mention. Live community theatre, I have played Petrichio and George Bailey in civic theatre, although not in the same show.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Episcopalian but I drifted away from all religion after I left home at age 17. About three years later, I started questioning matters of God and religion. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it gave very specific answers regarding: the purpose of life; whether the Lord continues to talk to us through prophets, as he did in years past; scriptures in addition to the Bible; priesthood authority and the necessity for baptism and other ordinances. I was especially intrigued by the concepts: that all people are literally spirit children of God; that eternal marriage is possible and thereby we can enjoy the continued association of those we love and care about beyond death and throughout all eternity; that men and women can eternally learn, progress and eventually become like our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. I was able to gain my own testimony of those and other things by going directly to my Father in Heaven, in prayer, so that I was able to come to know of their truthfulness.

How I live my faith

First of all, I strive to not do the “do nots.” This is not burdensome, as forgoing the things that the Lord has forbidden is an excellent way to avoid difficulty and heartache. The “dos” are more difficult for me, as developing true charity for my fellow man is a challenge, to say the least. In fact, I must confess I am having a terrible time of it. The way of the world is to find ways to prosper and win, usually at the expense of others. To really care about others, as I care about myself, and finding ways to translate that caring into meaningful action is something I am still, and will probably always be, working on. On a less problematic level, I continue to study scriptures and learn all I can from them. I especially like the New Testament. The past year or so, I have had the great good fortune of studying the Bible in depth, using additional historical, doctrinal and language references and I have found many things that I had previously overlooked. Many things in the New Testament cannot be understood without an understanding of the cultural and social issues which confronted the gospel and epistle writers. I also find the Book of Mormon to be quite useful in clarifying apparent ambiguities in the Bible, as well as providing additional insights in spiritual matters. On a more daily basis, I try to be friendly and helpful to all.