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Hi I'm Steve

I'm from Idaho. I am a big baseball fan and played a little college ball in my younger years. I am a family guy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 38 year-old husband and a father of five children. My lovely wife and I have been married for 14 years. I grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. My father died when I was eight years old. I grew up quickly. After high school, I went to college in Idaho for two years and then I attended Brigham Young University to get my undergraduate degree in Psychology and it was in Provo, UT where I met my wife. I tried getting into medical school but decided against it after deliberating over the amount of time it would take away from family life. I enjoy sports but especially baseball which I played in college. Pretty much I don't play anymore. I am all washed up. I mainly coach my children in the sporting events they like. I also like getting outdoors. I enjoy fishing, camping, and hunting when I get the chance. I work as a recruiter for University of Phoenix and have done this for nine years now. I have lived in Louisiana for two years previously and enjoy southern cooking. I love to see new places and participate in new opportunities.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. My mother was not very religious at all but my grandparents were. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. I guess you could say they rubbed off on me. They were good simple people who went to church on Sunday and studied from the scriptures regularly and who, more importantly, lived their religion. They blessed our whole family with their love and service. One day, I remember them going to clean the basement for my aunt which was so messy you couldn't see the floor. It was acts like this and many others that touched me. These incidences left their imprint on my heart. As well, my grandparents took me under their wing and were always at my baseball games and events growing up. They were such a stable consistent force for good in my life. I determined in high school that I wanted to live my life the way they did. I needed to know why they were the way they were. It came down to me finding out on my own. I remember having a seminary class in high school teaching from the New Testament. I was touched by the messages and stories about the Savior. They were so similar in nature to the way my grandparents lived their lives. I needed to know that message they had taught me was true so I could follow it on my own. I remember in that class reading the New Testament and then studying from the Book of Mormon the following year. There were several times while I read from scripture that I felt strong feelings or promptings telling me that God was real and that he had forgiven my personal sins. I remember one morning as I prayed I felt the strongest impression in my heart that God loved me personally and that the messages I had been studying and learning about were true. I felt the same confirming witness about the Book of Mormon. In all of this, I was full of joy; a feeling previously never known. I saw things with new eyes. I desired to live my life from that moment on the same way as my grandparents. I would love others and serve God.

How I live my faith

In my service within the the church, I teach the youth who are between the ages of 12-14 in Sunday school. I have been trying to help the youth recently learn about what it means for us to be Christlike or to exemplify in our own lives the qualities he personified. One Christlike principle we recently learned about was that "love finds opportunities to serve". If you are filled with Christ's love, you notice ways to lift and build other people through service. I have ask the youth almost weekly if they have noticed any opportunities for service. My hope is to help them see and act as Christ would in in these circumstances to lighten others' burdens. Christ, in so many different ways, found opportunities to serve others. The scriptures are replete with examples of the love of Christ and I get the privilege to share these messages each and every week to our youth. Our youth are quite literally learning wisdom in their youth. Teaching on Sunday is the type of service that inspires me to want to be better myself in my own life. In my weekly preparation to teach the youth, I have found many messages that also seem to apply to me personally and seem to teach me more than they do the youth. My heart is softened and I have a desire to do a little more to bring about good causes in every aspect of my life. This helps me strive to exemplify the life of the Savior in my daily walk as I take this journey of life. I am inspired regularly as to how best to teach and live. Through this process, in my own small personal way, God is working with me to mold and inspire me to more fully follow his ways. This process helps me to know that he does live and is indeed aware of my personal needs.