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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a husband and father of three. I'm a licensed architect by profession. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an architect. I love being involved in the construction industry and watching things get built. I like to design and like finding creative solutions to problems. I'm married and have three kids. Spending time with my wife and kids is something I really enjoy. I have a talent for working with computers and also enjoy backpacking in the mountains surrounding our home.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home and have been a member of the church all my life. The teachings of the Mormon faith really resonate with me. I've found that God listens to sincere prayers. He is my father and has provided comfort to me throughout my life when I have needed it. When I was twelve my parents divorced. For a long time I wondered how God could allow that and other bad things to happen. The Mormon church teaches that every person has a right to choose their own path for good or evil. I believe God respects our ability to choose and allows us freedom to find our own way. I also believe he desperately wants us to find him and blesses us when we put Christ in the center of our lives. I believe Jesus Christ is our brother, who volunteered to pay the price for our wrong choices and allow us to be cleansed from the mistakes of our past.

How I live my faith

The Mormon faith has a lay ministry. That means we don't pay a minister, but rather the leadership is chosen from within the congregation. Most members have a job to do within the church. We call these callings. My current calling is as a counselor to the Bishop of my ward. Mormon Bishops are the equivalent of ministers in other faiths and lead the local congregation in worship services and also other responsibilities. As the Bishop's counselor, I work mainly with the teenagers. I really enjoy my time spent with young people. Often this means camping or sports activities, but also time spent discussing the scriptures and life. When I was a teenager in a single-parent household I really looked up to the leaders in my congregation, and hope I can pay that forward with the younger people I associate with now. Being a husband and a dad is probably the best gift God ever gave me. My family consists of my best friends and even though things don't always go as expected, I'm happy to be learning alongside them. My occupation allows me time to spend with my family. Watching my kids learn academically and spiritually is something that never gets old. My kids often surprise me at their insights and the depth to which they think about things, this makes for some wonderful conversation.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Steve
Serving a mission is a choice many Mormons make, but it isn't a requirement. Many Mormons spend time praying and deciding if a mission is right for them. Some may choose not to serve due to personal or family circumstances, while others may have a physical handicap that prohibits them from serving. When I was in my early twenties, I served a mission in Germany. That was a time in my life where I had experienced tremendous growth spiritually and haven't regretted my decision to go. Show more Show less