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Hi I'm Steve

I’m a hiker, a cyclist, a gardener, a husband, a father, a blood donor, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, and I am doing my best to enjoy all that it has to offer. I am married to an exceptional woman who is the perfect companion for me. She is the mother of our wonderful children. Most of the things that I do in my free time I am able to do with my family. I enjoy a wide variety of activities, especially sports. When watching sports I especially enjoy the playoffs of World Cup soccer, NCAA March Madness, and NFL football because of their single elimination format. I enjoy hiking, biking, baseball, and basketball. Though far from an accomplished athlete, I enjoy the activity, so I do it. I enjoy gardening. In addition to growing the usual fair of vegetables, we grow a wide assortment of plums, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, and best of all, figs. Professionally I work in human services. I enjoy the eclectic nature of the work. I especially enjoy the challenging and complex mix of social work and legal components. I find it rewarding as I watch people take responsibility for their previous poor decisions and make the needed changes to significantly improve their lives, and the lives of their families.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know through prayer and the power of the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know this for myself, independent of any church leader or member. I know for myself that the doctrines and principles of the church are true. And the church leaders teach us to find out for ourselves that the teachings are true. I am not the type of person who accepts things blindly, and I’m grateful to be a member of a church that encourages me to find answers for myself. I am a Mormon because I know that through Jesus Christ, when I make mistakes I can be forgiven. I am a Mormon because I find comfort in belonging to a church whose morals and teachings do not change based on what society thinks is best. This provides an anchor to me in a world of shifting values and morals. I am Mormon because of its emphasis on families. I grew up in a home that was less than ideal by church standards. My parents divorced when I was six, and this caused a lot of confusion and sadness for me. I felt cheated that I didn’t have a father living with me. I didn’t like the instability I felt in a single parent home. However, as I matured I decided that I would take all the good from my upbringing and discard the bad. I am a Mormon because the teachings of the church help provide perspective and comfort when facing some of the painful challenges of life that come to all of us. The depth of our belief in the atonement and the resurrection of the Savior will determine the measure of courage and purpose with which we meet life’s challenges. This hit home to me in a very real way when I was in college. It was the week before midterms. I got a call that my sister had committed suicide. I was devastated. My sister meant the world to me. She had been my best friend, and such a support in encouraging me to be the best I could be. Now she was gone. Would I finish my semester? My faith in Jesus Christ helped me in my darkest moment.

How I live my faith

I am a simple person who lives a simple life, and that is reflected in how I live my faith. I live my faith first by doing my best each day to strengthen my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Then I do my best to strengthen my relationship with my wife. She has tremendous responsibilities both in our family and in the community, and I find joy in supporting and encouraging her in all she does. Next, I do all I can to help my children learn all then can in things both secular and spiritual in nature. I show my children I love them by spending time with them in both quantity and quality. I live my faith by helping those in need. I am a blood donor. Despite my fear of needles I began donating blood about three years ago, and have since donated 20 pints of whole blood. I look forward to getting my 100 pint pin. I live my faith by helping in the community. Though not overly involved in scouting in my youth, I work with the Boy Scouts of America in a volunteer role. I have attended Wood Badge and have completed my ticket. One of the scouts in my troop organized a community blood drive, and his example helped me overcome my fear of needles, at least while donating blood. I especially enjoy helping boys with their eagle projects as this is the climax of many years of hard work. I live my faith by serving others. I enjoy helping lighted the load of those around me. When I am in the service of others I am in the service of my God, and in this I find great joy and satisfaction.