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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a graduate student. I love to laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student, working on my PhD in pathobiology. I love to watch and play sports, listen to and play music, and live a deliberate involved life. My favorite things in the world to do are smile and laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home with multiple religions, and had the opportunity to choose which direction to take my life without too much pushing from my parents. Though I didn't fully understand it at the time, I chose to be baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 8 years old. As a teenager, I read the Book of Mormon. When I read the book, I felt happy. I wasn't overwhelmed emotionally, I simply felt at peace. Little did I realize that the good feelings I had while reading the scriptures were the fruits of the Holy Ghost, testifying to me that the things I read were true. I have continually re-affirmed my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by Jesus Christ today. I have come to know this because I have felt in my heart, and pondered carefully and logically in my mind the teachings of the church. I prayed to my Father in Heaven to know if the things I studied and pondered were true, and the Spirit of God gave me the knowledge that they were. Because of this knowledge, I want to be a better person, serve others, and do God's will. As a scientist in training, I am constantly under the responsibility to be skeptical and to look critically at the work of others. This paradigm can flow over into other aspects of life, including religion. While I still think that it is important to think critically and ask honest questions, my fellow scientists often don't realize that scientific data is not the only kind of evidence one must take into consideration. There is truth to be uncovered in many ways, one of which is by impressions from the Holy Ghost. This can drive a scientific mind crazy, because it's not falsifiable. However, once one is open to the possibility of learning truths outside of the scientific method, one can begin to discover spiritual knowledge. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Currently, I organize events for the young single adults of the church in my area. With family being so important to members of the church, it's often difficult for those who have moved away from home but haven't started their own families to find friends who share their values. I try to make it so that we all feel a little more loved, and have plenty of fun things to do. In the past, I have loved spending time teaching and mentoring the high school aged youth.