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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in Washington State and joined the navy right out of high school.Spent 26 years in the navy and moved back.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I Retired from the U.S. Navy as Master Chief Petty Officer (E9) and returned to live in Washington State. I worked many different jobs. I managed a convenience store, was an assistant manager of a furniture rental company, a field mechanic for a heavy equipment manufacturing company, a Transportation Security screener, an Operations manager for a flooring company, a water technician at a water and fire damage restoration company, a manager for heavy equipment repair on lift equipment for the railroad, and a handy man. Was an alcoholic for many years and got sober in January of 1996. I will have 16 years of sobriety in January of 2012. My main hobby currently is crocheting, and I also enjoy wood working.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church when the missionaries knocked on my door. Two 19 year olds were on my front porch telling me about a restored church and I could tell they really believed in what they were saying. I decided I wanted to hear more and they were happy to teach. After the first two lessons we decided to include my wife and we were baptized and have been members for 6 years. A year and six months later my youngest daughter was baptized also. My wife and I were sealed in the temple and our daughter was also sealed to us. I retired in January of 2011 and am currently serving a welfare mission at the Bishops Storehouse. I have been taking care of my mother who is recovering from surgery. She is just about done with her recovery and I credit her recovery to a lot of work and even more prayer. I will shortly be volunteering as a temple worker.

How I live my faith

For three years I had the greatest calling that there was. I was the scout master for the 12-13 year olds. At age 59 I was teaching these wonderful young men their hiking and winter camping skills in 7 feet of snow and below zero temps. I know that I learned more from them about spirituality than I have learned in my 63 years. Teaching them the gospel and watching them grow in their knowledge was a blessing beyond my wildest imagination. Seeing them cope with the worldly things that they have to cope with in their schools was a great learning experience for me. Due to the conflict of serving a welfare service mission I was no longer able to continue as their scout master. I hope to continue working with the youth of the Church once I finish my service mission if I am called to do so.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families give us hope an peace and eternal happiness.My family means the world to me even thoughwe are not all members of the church we are still a very close family. My imediate family is scattered all over the united states but we are still very close. I do everything in my power to keep it that way because I love each and every one of them and hope to see all of them again in enternity. Show more Show less