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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon, a husband, and a dad of six. I have kids in college and pre-school, and in every school in between

About Me

I'm the youngest of seven kids, growing up in the beautiful rolling hills of the East Bay area of San Francisco. In the summer, those hills become golden--yes golden. My wife, from the perpetually green Midwest, says the is "brown". But I still insist, they're golden hills. My childhood and teenage years were wonderful and I cherish many fond memories of family, friends and community. After college, I worked 3 years in Southern California and lived in both West Los Angeles and Burbank. There my wife and I started a family, which now includes 6 kids. We returned to the Bay Area for a 3 year period, then moved to Utah. I now split my time between a small town south of Salt Lake City, where my family lives, and 3-4 days each week in Alamo and Walnut Creek, CA. That's where my work is.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Maybe a better question is, "why am I STILL a mormon", because I was born into a family that was active in the church. So, naturally I joined as a young child at the age of 8. Since that time I have faced many of life's challenges--some of which are obviously trying (the deaths of family members), and others that are less obvious. Like many, I have struggled with challenges that are more personal, more internal. And I still struggle. The gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught through his church, has given me the knowledge and strength that I needed (and still need) to make sense of these challenges. Could I have survived my life's trials without this gospel? Perhaps. But the meaning for these trials, and the resulting pain, would be less meaningful to me. And that strength and knowledge is the reason why I am STILL a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continually strivig to obey. I try to obey the direction provided in God's holy scriptures AND to the direction I receive from God's perdonal influence in my life. Both are important to me. His holy scriptures are readily available and therefore often easier to understand. But his other direction to me--his personal communication with me as an individual--is often harder to interpret. We all have access, to a greater or lesser degree, to these holy sources of guidance and direction. And I stumble often in my efforts to follow such direction. So, I try to give myself and others and a try to foster a forgiving attitude. But even in that effort I often fail. So ultimately, I rely on an infinite power that forgives me of my sometimes self-destructive behavior, and who teaches me to improve. And that's the purpose of my life, a never-ending effort to improve.