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Hi I'm Steve.

I was in the US Air Force, and became a Mormon while stationed in Germany.

About Me

I was 25 when I first learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. I was in the U.S. Air Force at that time in Germany. The week before my baptism I was introduced to members of the Branch and first met my future wife (she was serving in the U.S. Army). We were married 3 months later, then returned to the states where we raised 5 children, and now have 20 grandchildren. After leaving the military I completed college at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I am now retired and enjoy doing more genealogy research for my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

While in the military serving in Germany, I met a group of students from the Brigham Young University. They were touring Europe with the USO, they were called the Lamanite Generation. There were 12 of these young men and women with their tour director. They put on a Native American show of song and dance at these military installations. I got to know them and they shared their sweet spirit with me about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his restored church in these the later days. They were a breath of fresh air, so full of enthusiasm and so respectful. Something I wasn't too familiar with as a serviceman. So I began thinking of my life, and had a friend I was working with on the air base where I was stationed. He introduced me to the Elder Missionaries and while reading the Book of Mormon and learning to pray, I had questions about this life and afterwards. I learned about temples and how families can be together forever. I read an article about the new temple being completed, the Washington D.C. Temple. I then received a testimony and continued in humble prayer, receiving the unmistakeable confirmation that it is true, as well as coming to know that Jesus is the Christ, that through the Prophet Joseph Smith the gospel and the Lord's church has been restored on earth in its fullness. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I am so grateful for a kind, loving, and wise Heavenly Father who has given me so many wonderful blessings of family, friends, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and eternal happiness.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had many wonderful service opportunities in the community and in church. When we have helped paint or clean the grounds of schools, help with an Eagle Scout project clearing brush at a private girls camp, or helping serve dinners to those in transition at other church facilities, it helps me remember that we are serving the Lord. Over the years of church callings in leadership positions and in teaching youth, or other groups, I have gained so much love for the Savior through his example in teaching each of us of his gospel.

How does the Church finance its operations?

We have been encouraged by modern day prophets to keep the ancient law of tithing. We pay 10% of our increase, or income, to the church. These funds help further the work of the Lord throughout the world. Temporal and spiritual blessings are received as we are obedient in paying our tithing. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

As a newly baptized member, I was concerned about my father who died when I was three years old. I was taught by the missionaries that everyone who has lived on earth would have the opportunity to hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. I believe my father has had that opportunity after he died, similar to what I learned from the missionaries. In order to receive the same blessings I am enjoying by being baptized, I believe my father would also if he accepted his invitation to become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Baptisms for the dead were performed at the time of the Apostle Paul. Baptism is an ordinance that is performed here on earth for our salvation in the kingdom of God. I was able to act as my father's proxy and have this baptism done in the Provo Utah Temple. How grateful I am to know that there is a plan for all us to receive this blessing for the living and the dead. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

The family is the essence of our existence. Here on earth, we have been given parents to nurture and raise children to be obedient to a loving Heavenly Father. We are taught that families can be together forever. By following the teachings of modern day prophets, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, families can be bound together forever, by sacred ordinances received in the temples of God. What a wonderful hope to know that this earth life will not end family relationships, but will continue on after death. Show more Show less