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Hi I'm Steve

I am a convert who served a mission in Tahiti. I now work as a consultant for a company based in India. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I brecame a Mormon in 1977. I was searching hard and praying to find out what Heavenly Father wanted me to do. I was a traditional college student, but I was looking for something more meaningful. I talked to everyone about their religion. One friend of mine gave me a Book of Mormon that someone had given to him along with a pamphlet about Joseph Smith's first vision. After reading the pamphlet, I had many questions. I called the missionaries assigned to our area and they explained Mormon doctine to me and asked me to pray about it. I prayed a lot, so that was a natural thing to do. We met many times, but one lesson about the plan of salvation stood out. During that lesson, I felt the spirit so strongly that all doubt was erased and my mind seemed to open on a new set of ideas and understanding about Heavenly things. I was baptized a few weeks later, and I was called on a mission to Tahiti the following year. My parents didn't understand, but I finished college after I returned, with better grades that ever before. My wife and I married and she gave me six great kids. I loved to coach soccer when my children were living at home. People thought that I was giving of my self to the younger generation, but I had as much fun as they did. Now they are scattered across the country, some married, some in college and some working. We stay in touch and visit them often.

Why I am a Mormon

When I joined the church, it felt like coming home. The feelings that I got from the Holy Ghost seemed so familiar to me, but I couldn't figure out why until I learned that we all lived with Heavenly Father before coming to earth. The missionaries described what would happen if I asked God, with real faith, if the Book of Mormon was true. I asked, He answered and told me in my heart and in my mind that it was written by real prophets just like the Bible was. The Holy Ghost testifies of the mission of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon provides us with a deeper understanding of what the atonement means. I love that book and I could not imagine living my life without it.

How I live my faith

My family goes to church, every Sunday. When we are out of town, we find a branch of the church to attend. Even when I was in Bangalore, India on business, I found a branch filled with wonderful people who were trying to live their faith. I study the gospel in the same way that I study my profession, science, history, or any other subject. They are various types of truth, some revealed, some discovered, some recorded. I want to know the truth of all things, and the scriptures contain so much of it that I have spend 30 years exploring them, and I feel that I have only just begun to discover the deeper meaning. I love to teach people about the gospel. I love to share what I have learned and to find out what they have learned. When we meet to discuss the gospel, it feels like a convention where researchers compare notes. The Holy Ghost helps us understand the truth by confirming it in our hearts. I also visit several families on behalf of our bishop. We try to visit every family in the congregation at least monthly, but more often when there is illness or sadness in the home. We want to be there when we are needed, and we want to offer assistance before they have to ask for it. We have learned that the secret of life is to help someone else. By helping others, we develop self-respect and a love for those whom we serve. I also speak to others about my faith at every opportunity. I fly on a lot of airplanes, and I meet a lot of people. This gives me many opportunities.