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Hi I'm Sterling

I am a trial attorney, I love to make and eat ice cream and I am a Mormon!

About Me

For over 20 years I have been a trial attorney. This experience has taught me a great deal about people; what motivates them and what makes them happy. Though practicing law is a satisfying career, I work to live, rather than live to work in my profession. I find that this leads to greater fulfillment. Outside of business hours, I am a husband and a father of 9 unique and talented children. It is a great experience and challenge to teach them to succeed. Our projects (to teach responsibility) include our family milk cow (Molly), chickens and rabbits. Having celebrated 29 years of marriage, my wife and I are enjoying the beginning of our next phase of life: grandparenthood. Five of our children are married and we have the smartest, cutest and best 9 grandchildren on the planet (with 3 on the way). My other interests include: reading, playing guitar and enjoying a variety of good music, old movies, books, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, and investing in real estate. I like puttering around in the kitchen experimenting with recipes. I especially enjoy creating a variety of homemade ice cream flavors such as licorice, berry/banana/nut, and chocolate chip mint. Our family loves to travel, to kayak a nearby river and ride quadrunners.

Why I am a Mormon

The teachings of the LDS church answer the most important questions in life. The doctrine of the church tells me who I am, where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. Because of what I believe, my life has a purpose and life in general has meaning. My membership in the church affords me the ability to receive blessings I cannot receive anywhere else. The more I learn about the gospel, the greater my appreciation for God's goodness and wisdom. I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives me answers to my questions and solutions to my problems.

How I live my faith

Like everyone else, my life is a complicated network of relationships and connections. My religion impacts each connection and affects how I relate to everyone I know. In my profession, I am regularly confronted with decisions that touch on morality. My beliefs help guide me to be more honest, more honorable, more tolerant and more compassionate. Believing that I will answer to God for how I act is a powerful motivator. How I relate to my family is influenced by a belief that we are each responsible to help others be happy and that we will be together after this life. Every decision I make as a husband, father, father-in-law, son, grandfather, etc. is based upon a lifetime of living a certain way. How we spend our Sundays together is derived from our belief in the holiness of the Sabbath. What we eat and drink is guided by principles of health espoused by our church. How we spend our time and money is directed by a belief that we are accountable for how we use the things God has blessed us with. What sorts of entertainment I enjoy is determined by my moral beliefs. The church teachings are a guide to living that enhances satisfaction and happiness. The LDS church provides many opportunities to serve in our community. As a portion of my church calling, I serve as an Assistant District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. This permits me the opportunity to serve in leadership for a group of 8 Cub Scout Packs in our area. We have monthly meetings as commissioners, and also monthly Round Table meetings with all the scout leaders to train and plan for events for the boys. Being a member of the church has placed me in positions where I can serve others.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Sterling
The most important thing we have is our relationships with the people we love. Although it is great to be recognized for our successes, none of those things matter if we don't have someone to share it with. Having a happy loving family is the most important thing to me. And, I cannot imagine living without them for the rest of eternity. After I die, I want to be with my family: the ones who have already passed on, and the ones who are here. The Temple is the place where ordinances can be performed that bind me to my family forever. Jesus told Peter that he would have the power to bind in heaven. This power to bind families together in heaven is the same power that is exercised in the Temple. This is the most important thing for which the Temples are used. Sometimes people wonder why they cannot go into the temple and suggest that perhaps something secretive is taking place. In reality, anyone can go to the temple and participate when they are ready. Before a person is ready and committed, it would be a mockery to permit them to enter and it would be unfair to let them make promises for eternity that they are not prepared to keep. However, once a person is ready, the temple is available to bind families together forever. Show more Show less