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Hi I'm Steve Chase

I was born in Idaho. I have four children in Georgia, Oregon and Chile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for over 26 years. We have four children, three grandchildren, and two sons-in-law. (Opps, did that sound like a Christmas song?) I guess that's okay, because I love Christmas and that will be the next time all of us are together agin in one home. Well, except for the missionary in Chile. I mention my family because that is what I think of first. Over the past 26 years we've managed to cram my first four years of college and undergraduate degree into nine years of marriage and children. Four years later all four children were at the graduation ceremony when I received my Masters of Business Administration. It seems that the family was part of each and every step. We have done everything together. Other than the first two of my fourteen knee surgeries (I once loved to play football and basketball) my wife has been at my side for each surgery. Come to think of it, she was a part of my life and the discovery and post recovery for the first two as well, we just were not married yet. Yes, she did bring her then "boyfriend" to the hositpal to see her old "friend" who as a missionary found himself (myself) recovering from majoy knee surgery. I guess she knows just about everything there is to know about me. We love family, we lover our children. I love BYU football, and she is an Oregon Duck fan(actic). Yes, I mean fanatic. If we could have college football and Christmas year round, it would be a little more like heaven on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

Certainly I first became a Mormon because I was born into a family with parents who's parents were Mormons. But that is not why I am now a practicing, religious Mormon. In our church we speak of those who are "converts", meaning that have converted to our church from some other religion. I'll never forget the first time I read Jesus Christ's declaration to his senior apostle, Peter, nearing the end of their time together at what Christians call the "Last Supper". He said to Peter, "when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren." (Luke 22:32) How could it be that the senior apostle who had seen and done so much at the side of the Son of God would be in need of conversion? Was he not converted? I then have had to ask myself, the son of practicing Mormons, I am converted? I declare to you that I am. Over the years I have developed a love for the scriptures. I first enjoyed the stories of the Old and New Testaments listening to Loren Green narrated records as a boy. I then began to read and understand the doctrines of my family's faith. I found the strengthening power of the Book of Mormon. It's consistent message that Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible so eloquently taught, really was the literal Son of God. I found the power in its witness joined with the stories I'd loved as a boy to be enlightening and faith building. I learned, and was taught, about a young man who was able to reach out to God and ask what he should do when so many religions dotted the land around him for his answers. As a teenage boy I too wanted a witness from God. Like Joseph Smith, I wanted to pray and know what was true. Many times as a young man, and absolutely countless times as a father, husband, colleague, business owner, and friend I have found myself reading these great books, kneeling to pray to my Father in Heaven, and knowing that He and His son are a part of my life and that the path I follow is the path He would have me follow. I know it is true and I have peace.

How I live my faith

If you read my "Why I'm a Mormon" in this profile, you read about the declaration of Jesus Christ to Peter that when Peter was converted, he was to "strenthen thy brethren." I guess that is what I hope to do almost every day. I do my best to live according to the doctrines of Christ, to obey His commandments and to love my neighbor. Since I was young I have enjoyed the opportunity to work side by side with friends and neighbors who were both members or non-members of my religion. I have found I have a deep love and desire to serve and be with people. My father was a great example of that desire. I've been able to serve as a missionary for the Church in Argentina. I've lived, coached, worked, and completed large and small scale service projects in multiple communities. I currently serve as a stake president, a position in our church that allows me to interact and serve members and leaders of several of our congregations throughout northwest Georgia. Each Sunday I attend at least one, and often more than one, of the nine congreations within the geographic bounderies that we call a "stake of zion". I am able to speak and teach at those meetings. Several times a week I participate in other meetings, interviews, and activies. I get to meet regularly, one on one, with members of our church who are in need of anything from food and shelter to love and hope. I am blessed to associate with other leaders in our church and community as we plan activities that will strengthen our children, youth and communities. I also get to visit families at least on a monthly basis who will have someone that can help them when they are in need. Through these opportunities I have found some of my greatest joys. Can you imagine having the opportunity to visit with, serve a little, and be blessed by the presence of a World War II and Korean War purple heart recipient who owns a limited copy of the signed peace accord between Japan and the United States? I can, I am a Mormon.