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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a native of Wisconsin, Air Force veteran, public historian, grandfather and avid traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For 36 years I have worked in either museums or as a government historian (civilian and military). With degrees in history, science and education, I have a variety of interests and thrive on multi-tasking. Working on a children's book --- new territory for me --- per my grandson's request. A savior of old books headed for oblivion. Sucker for good science fiction shows. Collect soundtracks to keep me company while working late into the night. On nice days you may find me working in my backyard.

Why I am a Mormon

Raised as a Lutheran I had the opportunity as a college senior to accept a summer Arabic language fellowship, enter the Peace Corps or prepare to work on a postgraduate degree at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. I chose the language fellowship and spent the summer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Reunited with my neighbors of five years who were Mormon. Came back to school for one more semester and took a part-time job; turns out my supervisor was a Mormon. Only thing left was for me to read the Book of Mormon. I knew there was a special spirit among the members I had met. Now I just had to determine whether the Book of Mormon was another witness for Christ. After some fervent prayer, reading the Book of Mormon and attending a local Ward, I knew in my heart that the things I had been taught were true. It was like I had discovered an old friend. In some respects I viewed myself as a Christian Rip Van Winkle. 42 years later I continue to try and live the faith. With 3 children and 8 grandchildren watching me closely, I dare not stray too far! I have to admit I am truly happy.

How I live my faith

Currently, my job requires I travel a lot, but I make it point to exercise the priesthood I hold. As the Church relies on a lay ministry, it is incumbent I carry my weight in visiting families, giving blessings of comfort and healing (laying on of hands), and teaching classes on Sunday. Reading the scriptures is important to me, though I am by no means perfect in doing that daily. At the foundation of my testimony is a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. A role I have taken very seriously is presiding over my family and teaching them correct principles. I can say without hesitation the I know the Book of Mormon is true and the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to this Earth.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The gift of the Holy Ghost means having a spiritual companion with you as long as you are living the commandments of God. Many times I have been inspired to take action for the benefit of myself or my family. Or sometimes it mean being patient and waiting for the appropriate time to make a decision. There have been warnings at times, and even comforting when I am feeling low. I do not know how others function without it. Show more Show less