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Hi I'm Steve

I am an attorney. I enjoy the beauty of the Northwest United States where I live and serving in the community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been happily married for 45 years. As a semi-retired attorney I find time for visiting, swimming and backpacking with our now grown children and their families. Having an extended family over forty in number makes family reunions fun, fulfilling and hectic. One of our annual family traditions is a Labor Day swim across the Columbia River. I also enjoy gardening, French literature and serving in the community. I've had the opportunity to tutor those learning English as a second language and others preparing for American citizenship. Particularly rewarding has been serving on the board of an interfaith food bank, where my associates exemplify to me what it means to be a good Samaritan. One assignment on that board gives me the opportunity to help arrange dental care for needy adults in the community.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both life-long members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, from the time I was 6, were actively practicing members. So I was raised in a family that attended church every Sunday and served in the church and in the community during the week. Our family met regularly during the week to read scriptures, pray and participate in recreational and service activities. I was an enthusiastic participant in all that we did as a family. However, as I accepted a call to serve as a full-time missionary at age 20, I became acutely aware that what I had absorbed in my church and family life was insufficient to enable me to teach and testify to others that I had something of value for them. In part that was because I took many of the blessings of our family and religious life for granted. But also it was because I had not made it a priority to obtain a personal testimony of Jesus Christ. All of a sudden the need for that testimony became the principal focus of my life. So I prayed earnestly to know whether God lives, whether Jesus Christ is His Son and whether His Church as established in New Testament times has again been restored to the earth. A large factor in my search was reading the Book of Mormon and asking God whether it was true. As I thus applied myself and opened my heart for communication from the heavens, my answers came. I particularly remember one morning in the early weeks of my mission, leaving our apartment and being bathed in the absolute assurance that God lived, that He loved me and that my work in His service was pleasing to Him. I was then able to share with others as a missionary my deeply felt testimony of the truthfulness and value of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That testimony has not diminished, but rather grown throughout the 45 plus years since I have returned home. It gives the rest of my life meaning and perspective.

How I live my faith

The practice of my faith begin with daily scripture study and prayer alone and with my wife. The home has been the primary place to live my faith. Growing and maturing with my wife while raising our children together has been the most important, challenging and rewarding part of my life. In the church many of my adult opportunities to serve have been in lay leadership positions with the youth, particularly the young men ages 12 to 18. Having been influenced by some great Boy Scout leaders and coaches, I've enjoyed giving something back. A six-year assignment as bishop or leader of our local congregation (also a lay position) was a challenge to balance with my family and professional life. It was nevertheless a marvelous opportunity to serve. It greatly increased my empathy for others, accentuated my need to communicate with God and made me more anxious to support those who have succeeded me in that capacity. Perhaps my greatest opportunity to serve involved putting my law practice on hold for three years and, with my wife, presiding over a group (140 at a time and over 400 overall) of our young missionaries. An added blessing was the assignment to do so in the country where I had served as a young missionary. Current opportunities include serving one day a week in one of our nearby temples. In our church temples are not places for Sunday worship but special buildings where sacred ordinances such as marriages are performed. I also teach a weekly Sunday School class on the New Testament. Serving in the community is also a way to live my faith. As I rub shoulders with many wonderful civic-minded individuals I am reminded that my faith has no corner on good people seeking to serve God and their fellow men. These relationships also give me an opportunity to share with those who are interested an enlarged vista of God's plan of happiness for His children here on earth. That enlarged vista is what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides.