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Hi I'm Steven

I'm a father of five who wants to do the best I can for my family and friends. I try to work hard and have fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five who loves my family and life. I was in rock bands during my high school and college years. I even had long hair and a pierced ear. I got married young, had two children, and got divorced. It was a tough time and I didn't go to church for many years. Luckily I then found a person who saw me for my positives and held a lot of the same basic beliefs I did. We dated, eloped, and have added three more children to our family. Five kids gets hectic but I love being a father. Through the church, I have come to recognize the great privilege and responsibility I have to be a dad and husband. I still enjoy music though I don't have much time for it. I consider myself a "jack of many trades, master of none" due to the many projects I have undertaken on our home to make it better. I like to hunt, but mostly target shoot because of time constraints. I have continued to try to learn something everyday. I have recently taken up Taekwondo and my goal is to be a blackbelt before I'm 40. I am also a little fun; I have five kids but my wife says I'm her sixth. Life can be hard and I have come to believe you need to find the good in things and appreciate whatever comes your way.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and father were converts to the LDS church. They loved me deeply and showed me Christ's love through their examples and efforts. Growing up, I may not have been the best representative of the LDS church, but I found a testimony of some basic principles that have always stayed with me: love your family, respect yourself, respect others, appreciate life, and learn. I quit going to church when I started going to college and married my first wife. When we got divorced I really felt empty and alone. With the help of my father and sister I was able to move forward with my life and meet a wonderful woman. During the early years of my second marriage I came to realize there was still a void in my life. With the support of my wife, we began going to our local LDS Ward. At first we would go for a little bit of the meeting and then skip out. As we kept going back more we ended up staying longer and longer. Finally we were going back to church weekly. During this time it became clear the peace and joy that started filling our home was from coming closer to our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. It became a blessing to us and our children that was easy to recognize. As I made friends and was given opportunities to serve in our Ward I was able to more clearly see how much Heavenly Father cared for me and how important my Savior, Jesus Christ, was for me to return to him. I have gained a greater testimony of service and family through the LDS church.

How I live my faith

Even though I grew up in the LDS church, I am not what you would consider a scholar of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have come to recognize that everyone has been blessed with different talents; I see a willingness to serve as mine. It may sound weird but, I feel closer to my Heavenly Father when I am helping a family move in or out of a house. Or when I am helping someone fix a problem in their house or car. Or even helping some young men qualify for a Scout merit badge. I try to show my love and respect for Jesus Christ by living a life of service, as he did when he was here. I am grateful for the talents I have been blessed with and try to magnify them by helping others. I try to appreciate everyone and recognize that we are all children of our Heavenly Father.