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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon now but I was raised as a Catholic. And I am grateful for both churches.

About Me

I was raised in a large blue collar Catholic family in the mid-west. I attended Catholic grade school and Catholic high school. I left home at age 19 when I joined the military. I was 21 when I joined the LDS church while stationed stateside. After my first hitch in the service I went on a full-time mission for the church. A year after returning from a church mission I met my wife who also was a convert as an adult. We have been married for over 30 years and have 4 children and one grandchild. I have completed college with both a BS and MS degree in Computer Science. I am now a retired military officer after 20 years of active duty and National Guard. I have worked in the aerospace industry and currently work for the state as a computer programmer. My hobbies include travel, reading (especially American History) and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

Becoming a Mormon was the easiest thing I have ever done in many respects. The doctrines make sense, the lifestyle was agreeable to me and the scriptures became a source of answers and not confusion. I will always be grateful for my parents and the priests, nuns and lay people of the Catholic Church for the many, many good and correct principals they taught me. But even from an early age I found the Catholic Church unable to answer some of my questions. Not unwilling but simply unable. They gave me what they had but it was not enough. While stationed stateside I studied other religions and attended the Baptist church for a year. Again the people there were great but did not have the answers I was looking for. During my second assignment while in the states I was moved into a barracks which happened to have a few LDS boys who were from Utah and Washington State. One was a lifelong member and the other a convert. They told me about their life stories in the few months we were roommates and we spent many late evening talking about the gospel, the apostasy and restoration of the Christian church, Joseph Smith and the modern prophets. It all made sense to me. They did have the answers I was looking for. I began to attend church with them on Sundays and go to church dances and other activities. Eventually I started to date a girl I had met at a church dance and after a few months she asked if I would like to take the missionary discussions at her house. I had been studying the religion for several months by then and the discussions went quickly and I was baptized at age 21. I have been active all of life and it has been a good thing for me. We are glad we had the teachings of Jesus Christ and the programs of the church as we raised our children to adulthood.

How I live my faith

I am the historian for our ward and keep a history of important and memorable events. And with over 400 people we do have our share. During the past year we have have family camp outs, ward talent shows, boy scout summer camps and convert baptisms. Young people have left and returned from college, missions and the military. Babies have been born and other people have died some old, some young and some tragic. We have had weddings and funerals in the ward. It is nice to be able to help others.