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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a native Texan but grew up mostly in Arizona, where I now live with my wife after 25 years in the U.S. Army. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm now retired from the U.S. Army as a physical therapist but I continue to teach topics in research design, biostatistics, and evidence-based practice to health care providers. I also continue to do some part-time research and data analysis for an Army research laboratory based in Massachusetts. My wife and I have 4 adult children spread over the U.S (Arkansas, Texas, California, and Pennsylvania) with 8 grandchildren among those households. I enjoy hiking in the beautiful Arizona high country and traveling with my wife -- usually to visit family. I also enjoy serving in the LDS church which brings me into the lives of so many good people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church after my parents joined in the 1950s -- they responded to the message of full-time missionaries who knocked on their door in Dallas, Texas. Being a Mormon gave me a strong sense of identity during my high school years as I attended a school where we were a distinct minority. I related strongly to the Church's teachings and standards, and resolved to serve a mission myself. That dream was realized when I was called to be a missionary in Denmark for 2 years in the mid-1970s. Not many people responded to the gospel message at that time and place, but I did my best and grew tremendously during those years. I've been blessed with a wonderful spouse who has encouraged me to nurture my faith and be true to the covenants I made, and that we made together, that bind us to God, our Father, and to his Son, Jesus Christ. Gradually learning the reality of His marvelous gift to us, wrought through the infinite Atonement, has made all the difference in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by my approach to daily life and by acts of service. I pray and spend some time reading scriptures each day. I try to be kind to others and forgiving of weaknesses and limitations, knowing that's what the Savior asked us all to do. I try to be positive and look for the good in the world, even though my wife needs to help me with that. After serving a mission in my early 20s, I've served in various volunteer positions in the Church: as a clerk doing paperwork and keeping records updated, as a Sunday school teacher, as a youth teacher and leader, and in some adult leader positions. Right now I get to administer the church welfare program in my area, among other things. This enables me to use Church resources to bless the lives of people who are struggling in many ways. The Church has a wonderful program that uses many types of resources to assist those who aren't currently self-reliant to become so again, and to follow principles that will preserve self-reliance to the extent that they can then help others in turn.