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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a father of 5 growing children. I love skiing, baseball and planting perennials in my garden. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When people ask where I learned to ski, they're surprised when I tell them Arizona. It's true - there is snow in Arizona! Now I live in Utah. And when the snow starts to fall along the Wasatch Front, I can't wait to get up on the slopes. Two of our five kids have now learned to ski, so it gives me an extra excuse to hit the mountain with both of them. For a growing family like ours who has to watch our expenses, we live in the perfect skiing place -- there are about a dozen ski resorts within an hour and a half drive, so there's always some ski deal going on: a coupon, school special, or "Ski Free After 3" at Alta, probably our favorite place to go. But we'll go wherever we can find a deal. In the spring and summer I'm a garden nerd. I love spending time planting and caring for our perennial garden. My wife and kids and I get excited when the first bulbs come out of the ground in March, and the excitement doesn't die down until after the orange hyssop blooms fade in October. And speaking of October, it's my favorite month of the year because it's baseball playoff month! I grew up playing baseball and collecting cards in Arizona, where I got to meet a lot of players get their autographs in Spring Training. I love following Major League Baseball throughout the entire season, but nothing beats October baseball!

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to grow up in a loving family with a dad and mom that taught me how to work and taught me the right way to live. I couldn't have asked for a better upbringing. When I was about twelve I started thinking a little deeper, and I remember asking God if he was really there. I had this incredible feeling come over me that just enveloped me completely. It was the first time I really felt the Holy Spirit and knew that all the things I had been taught were true. From then until now, I've had many, many such experiences that have helped me know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is real, and it has been the ultimate source of all my happiness and blessings in life.

How I live my faith

I've enjoyed all the volunteer work I've been asked to do in the church over the years, such as a helper with the young men and twenty-something men, and as counselor to the bishop of our congregation. I usually spend a few hours during the week and several more hours on Sunday in this volunteer work, but for me it doesn't seem like work. My wonderful wife and kids support me in this, just as I try to support them in their assignments. We have an amazing life. And I'm absolutely convinced that the continuous opportunities to serve other people that the church gives me are one of the main reasons for my happiness.