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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in northeast Colorado, out on the Plains. Now I am in Arizona, enjoying no snow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There was a time that I wanted to do anything outdoors. I served on a USFS Fire Suppression Crew (Hotshots) for the summer months I was in college. I packed horses and mules, rode dirt bikes, 4-wheeled and climbed red sandstone canyons.I floated white water, cooked dutch oven delights and had lunch on thousand feet overlooks in southeast Utah. really liked the long hours, days without showers and the togetherness of the crew. I am a father of five children, two girls and three boys. My kids keep telling stories about all the animals I brought home to raise. We had finches, guinea pigs, parakeets, ducks, chickens, rabbits, a variety of inside parrots, and the one they laugh about the most are the snakes we raised! But I remember how my kids learned responsibility and the value of life and caring. Now with 14 Grandchildren, that caring is integral to raising their own children.

Why I am a Mormon

I reached a point in my life when I simply asked God, "Is this all there is?" My life was active, but I began to recognize it was a lonely life. Through the course of the next 3 months I found myself talking to a friend's mother, who asked me if I liked to read. I said I did and she handed me a little blue book. I thank my "Mormon Mommy" (for she enjoyed feeding me good home cooked meals) for just honestly asking a simple question. I read the book. I found such a overwhelming feeling when I read that I had to frequently put it down. I could not do otherwise than acknowledge that what I read was truth. Now years later I look back and thank my Heavenly Father for caring for me, my wife, and each of my children (and theirs). I have honored my Heavenly Father by living the commandments, guiding my family with honest intent to do good to others. Sure life has some rough spots, but this change has overcome them all. I share what I have, willingly and sincerely. My testimony of the truth I have, which is given to all is that Jesus Christ lives. He guides this church through a living Prophet.

How I live my faith

I have served others in and out of the church by just simply caring and loving them no matter what issues, trials may appear and even in much more joyful times. I have guided a congregation, visited those in prison, helped those who needed a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs and just being someone they may need to talk to. I have been there when the newborns arrive, as they grow in height and knowledge, and conducted services for those who have left this life and gone to the next. I have taught youth, girls and boys, and enjoyed every minute. I remember once when I had returned from a serious illness, the youth had an activity on a football field. I tried to run (more a limp gallop) and felt the cooler of water they poured down my back. They felt glad that their leader had wanted to be with them and play with them. I always try to be self reliant. My kids say that I always had the right book for their homework. I know they also have the right book for their lives. We get together, scattered as our family is becoming, and the constant chatter between them as they enjoy each others company is heart warming. It has taken my wife's and my committment to building an eternal family in this lifetime. But the life is yet to go on. My open heart surgery has slowed me down a bit, and my heart valve sounds like the clock swallowed by the crocodile in "Peter Pan". I tell my grandchildren that I swallowed a clock, tic tock. You know there is no greater work that that done within the walls of your own home. That is true and I have put those teachings this church has given to to all families to the test. It is true. I can not deny it.

What is being a Mormon like?

Whether I am called a Mormon or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, I can not quit caring for those around me. I read, pray and do the best I can. I have the best wife, my eternal companion, I could have asked for. She truly is one I listen to when she says I am wrong. I respect her and her wisdom, and revel in her love for our family. Truly she was raised by loving parents. My family is an eternal family, and that is the direction to look when life seems cruel and unforgiving. I know that I have a purpose in life. I know my family is a precious pearl to cherish and support however I can. I know that forgiveness is an eternal truth. See, being a Mormon is a great feeling. Show more Show less