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Hi I'm Steve Ellis

I'm a husband, a father of five, a nurse, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five wonderful children. My life pretty much revolves around my children. I am also a baseball coach, a scout leader, and a dance class carpool driver. I like following and participating in sports when I can and am just starting to run again after a long lazy spell. I'm taking this year off softball, and my fantasy football team won the league last year, but only because the other members lost interest half way through the season. I had the opportunity to serve a mission for the church for two years in France and French-speaking Belgium. My French is a little rusty but I try to keep it up by reading books and listening to music in French. I love to travel and have been back to France a couple of times since my mission. I will always have a special love for the French and Belge people (and their food). I also speak Piglatin and a little English. By profession I'm a Registered Nurse working in the nursing informatics specialty. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and collecting pencils. Much to my wife's dismay, I'm the worst handyman in the world and I hate yardwork. I can put gas in a car and last week was actually successful in replacing a tail light (my wife was very proud). I'm healthy, happily married, and my kids are young enough that they still think I'm cool. Its a good life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home where the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught and lived. We attended the local congregation of the Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and were very active in worship and other activities. Being a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) played a major part of shaping my values and making me who I am. I don't recall having one special experience that "converted" me to this church, it was more of a gradual process, with the Holy Spirit teaching me the truth little by little. I have also had many personal experiences that have strengthened my faith along the way. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have found answers to some of life's important questions like, "Why am I here, what is the meaning of life, where do I go after I die?" These answers give me hope. I know that Our Heavenly Father put us on the earth for a reason. I know that we can live with Him again one day and we can live with our families and loved ones again as well. He loves us and wants us to be happy; in this life and in the life to come. This hope strengthens me in tough times and helps to give me direction in life.

How I live my faith

I don't see living my faith as being different from living my life. I believe how I live my life is a reflection of my faith. I try to live the gospel in my daily life whether at work or elsewhere by being honest, kind, and understanding, but most importantly I try to set an example for my children. Nothing makes me happier as a parent than to see them making good choices and interacting with each other in a Christlike manner. Not long ago I was driving with my children after a windstorm when we came across an elderly woman picking up some of the many small branches that had blown down in the storm and now littered her yard. I asked the children what they thought about helping and they were excited to do so. Between the six of us we made quick work of the branches. As the children surveyed the clean lawn and saw the woman's gratitude they felt the spirit of loving service. They still talk about that experience sometimes. Every member of the church has the opportunity to serve and to accept duties and responsibilities we call "callings." I currently have the privilege of working with the young men of our congregation. We keep very busy doing service projects, Boy Scouts, and fun group activities with the young women.