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Hi I'm Steve

I'm an engineering grad student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I am working towards a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I grew up in Utah, but currently live in the midwest. I love using math creatively in my work and also teaching it to others as a tutor. I also enjoy waterskiing, playing the accordion, and good fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

This church provides real answers about the purpose of life. It teaches clearly what God excepts of us, which is a lot; and also what the benefits are, which are much more. We--everyone--are not just people, we are God's children. Life is about gaining experience and choosing to follow God, so that we can gradually grow up to be more like Him whose children we are. The Book of Mormon is a unique part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It claims to be an ancient record of scripture, comparable to the Bible, but written by followers of God on the American continents. It also claims that anyone who reads it can ask God to tell them if it's true. What we Mormons have in common is that we have done that. God will convince the sincere seeker of truth by a feeling that only He could give. I have felt that feeling. It is what makes me believe the story of Joseph Smith and the beginning of this church. It was not something he decided to do. It was something God decided to do through him. The knowledge that there is a purpose behind this life and much more to come after it allows us to be happy even when things don't work out as we want.

How I live my faith

In this church, you always have a responsibility--but it's never the same for very long! At various times, I have had the opportunity to be the pianist/organists for Sunday meetings, teach a Sunday school class for 11 year olds, represent the church as a missionary, and hold many other temporary positions involving financial management, clerical work, and recreational activites pertaining to my local congregation. I did not hold those responsibilities because I was particularly good at them, but because that's how the church works. It runs completely on volunteer work. We all do our part, and after a while we've all done a bit of everything. For me, this diversity of responsibilities results in an ongoing collection of cherished memories that has made me a better person. More important I do my best to live my faith even when I am not at church. I have a lot of weaknesses, but I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in every part of my life: school, friends, family, work--wherever I am. I hope to be known as someone who is honest, moral, and sincere.