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Hi I'm Steve Uptain

I'm a husband, a father of 5, a grandfather of 2, a true-blue American, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a husband to my wonderful sweetheart, a father to five wonderful children, and a grandfather to two adorable granddaughters (with the expectation that many more will someday come). My family means more to me than any other earthly possession or pursuit. I have served in the community as a Boy Scout leader, a Little League coach, and coach for Girl's fast-pitch softball teams. Currently, I have the great opportunity to be a teacher in an early-morning religious class (known in the LDS church as Seminary) to a fabulous group of high-school students. The great faith and discipline they show by rousting themselves out of bed so very early each morning, so that they can learn more about God's great plan for mankind, is an inspiration to me. I enjoy golfing, bicycling, reading, camping, Skypeing with my children and grand-babies, playing board games at the kitchen table with anyone who dares to take me on, and spending my Friday nights with my sweetheart.

Why I am a Mormon

For centuries, philosophers have dreamed, pondered, speculated, and written about the deep questions that have vexed mankind, almost from the start: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where will I go when I die? The pursuit of satisfactory answers to those questions, and the discovery that there is a grand plan that God has formulated and implemented to bring peace to us all, goes to the very heart of why I am a Mormon. That we are spiritual children of a Heavenly Father, in whose likeness and image we are created, shows me that He loves us and cares about us. He sorrows over the terrible inhumanity that His children often show to one another, but He is also concerned about the seemingly insignificant trials that we go through as individuals. That He knows each one of us individually, by name, and wants us to succeed and improve, brings great hope to me that I can do better day by day. By sending His only begotten Son in the flesh, Jesus Christ, to atone for the sins of mankind and to redeem them from spiritual death, He has provided a way for us all to return to His presence one day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches that this act (that we call the atonement), is the center and cornerstone of all we believe. I know this to be true.

How I live my faith

As men who have accepted the weighty duty of priesthood service in the church, it is expected that I and my fellow priesthood holders will dedicate ourselves to furthering his work by being loving husbands and fathers, by being good examples to our neighbors,and by devoting time to priesthood service in the church. Right now I work with the young men and women in the church as a teacher, in a program known as Seminary, where our high-school aged youth meet each morning before school to be taught from the scriptures. I also visit each month with specific families that I have been given, so that I can check on their needs and offer personal assistance when it is needed. This simple service in the church is how I live my faith, and the time spent doing so never seems like a sacrifice... it is a great blessing to me personally.