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Hi I'm Steve

I am a devoted husband and father. I love sports and the outdoors. I enjoy studying politics and history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in Utah which is where I think I developed my love of the outdoors. I live in the city now, but still love to work in my yard and go camping. My wife and I have seven children who are the greatest blessing in our lives. Our family has lived in Utah, Maryland, Virginia, and Alabama and we have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful people around this country. I love history and our travels have taken us to many American history sites. I also love to read and spend time with my wife and children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but found my own testimony of its truthfulness when I was about twelve years of age. A good friend of mine was very nearly killed in a car accident and when I finally saw her again after several weeks of hospitalization, I could barely recognize her because of the extensive facial injuries she suffered. I remember pleading with Heavenly Father in prayer to please bless her so that she would heal and be able to have a normal and happy life. At that moment a warm and peaceful feeling suddenly came over me and I knew she would be okay - and she was. I think people can convince themselves to be happy or courageous (even when they are not), but I don't think a person can give themselves peace. That only comes from an outside source, in my opinion. It may come from a friend, a family member, or, as in this case, a loving Heavenly Father who knew that a young boy needed to be reassured that his friend would be okay. I have felt that same feeling many times since and it has reminded me that God knows who I am and loves me. He loves me enough to answer my prayers, to ease my burdens, to resolve me doubts, and calm my fears. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that God helps us by sending the Holy Ghost to help teach and, as Christ mentions in the New Testament, to comfort us.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend church on Sundays. My younger children attend cub scouts and a program for 8-11 year old girls on Wednesday nights. My older children have week night meetings as well where my son is finishing up the requirements for his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts and my daughter is working on her Young Womanhood Award which teaches such values as virtue, individual worth, faith, good works, and integrity. We read the scriptures nightly as a family and pray together as a family before we head off to work and school and again at night before we go to bed. I also read my scriptures each morning before I start my work and am just finishing up reading the New Testament again.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse political parties. There is a stereotype in America that all Mormons vote Republican. This not only is untrue in our day, as members of the Church nationwide participate in, vote for, and run as candidates in a variety of political parties, it is also historically false as the membership of the Church in Utah used to vote overwhelmingly Democratic! We believe that good men and women, regardless of their party, are capable of bringing about great good. The Church enourages members to be informed about political candidate and issues at the local, state, and national level and to exercise their freedom to vote for the candidates and issues of their choice. Show more Show less