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Hi I'm Sterling

For 45 years I worked in higher education mostly teaching of psychotherapy skills. I've been married for 53 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has been a series of strivings and reachings. Coming from a humble, rural background I cautiously aspired but never felt sure of myself. Though successful most of the time, I believed my achievements were marginal—just enough to make the grade. My credo became, “Just barely is a whole lot better than not quite.” One interesting test was in response to peers and professors challenging me with the query, “How can you be a psychologist and a church-going Christian at the same time?” My conclusion and retort was/is Jesus Christ was a great psychologist and his methods deserve at least as much credence as any Freud, Skinner, or other contemporary theorist. My family is precious to me. Though I’ve traveled extensively throughout the world, home is the locus of happiness, comfort and joy. In my retirement, time is devoted to family events, reading, turning bowls on the lathe, music, and volunteer counseling at a local employment center.

Why I am a Mormon

As a fourth generation Mormon, it was natural to join the Church as a boy and progress through the children’s auxiliary, Aaronic Priesthood offices, and scouting. I benefitted from the activities and values development from lessons and examples of upstanding mentors and peers. Piety was not then and is not now a strong part of my nature. Religion has always been a practical venture—living proper principles results in joy; violating them produces misery. My spiritual conversion came in numerous, small steps with at least one major identity crisis. During my first professional position, I took personal inventory and decided that my devotion to the Church was marginal. I was paying the nominal 10% tithing, serving as scoutmaster and attending meetings, yet my attitude was flagging. I resisted making additional donations and resented the time and effort expected of me. I realized that mine was not a genuine or happy status, so I said to myself, “Self! If you do not believe strongly enough to be a good member, then get out of the Church.” I knew too much to leave and realized the need for more commitment and devotion to become worthy of my membership. As an observer of people, both professionally and through natural inclination, I have validated that decision and the actions that followed many times over. In working closely with students and with therapy clients, the wisdom of living a Christ-centered life is without question the formula for a joyful existence.

How I live my faith

Service is the evidence of the Christian life. With no paid ministry, I have had the opportunity to work in leadership positions at ward and stake levels and sharing talents for music and teaching in classes and activities. Presently I am involved in a service mission dedicated to improving employment and career circumstances through the LDS Employment Resources organization. Perhaps the most important evidence of service comes through frequent acts of kindness to family and neighbors.