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Hi I'm Stephen.

I am a brother, husband, and father. I love camping and snowboarding. I am a cardiac anesthesiologist and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third of seven children who moved often during my childhood due to my father’s work as a project manager. My parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was two and we were sealed together as an eternal family in the temple one year later. My life has been greatly blessed by my faithful and courageous parents. After completing high school which was filled with wrestling matches, football games, and Boy Scout activities, I attended Brigham Young University. Following my first year of college, I was called to the Japan Okayama Mission where my high school Spanish was quickly replaced with Japanese. This experience became a great demarcation in my life influencing every decision thereafter. I grew to love the Japanese people and culture to the point I majored in Japanese language and literature at the University of Washington upon my return. Following my mission, I met a beautiful young lady named Audrey, who has become my dearest friend and the woman of my dreams. We have been madly in love for 14 years now and are blessed with four beautiful children, two energetic sons and two sweet daughters. In pursuit of necessary training to become a cardiac anesthesiologist and critical care physician, my family has moved all over the country including Colorado, Washington, Texas, and Missouri. We currently live in northern California replete with beautiful oceanscapes, magnificent Redwood trees, and several family members.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found in my life many opportunities to grow and overcome challenges. Through these difficulties, I find great strength in turning to a kind and loving Father in Heaven. As the Father of my spirit, he knows what I am here on earth to accomplish and provides the means for me to achieve those things. In demonstration of His love for me and all of His children, He has restored the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because this restoration provides the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and living prophets who serve to warn God’s children of spiritual danger. As I try to live the gospel and follow God’s plan for me and my family, I find great peace in a world of uncertainty and confusion. If my life is in accordance with God’s will, then who or what can take my peace?

How I live my faith

As my faith in Jesus Christ and devotion to the restored gospel affects every aspect of my life, I can see its influence at home, at church, and at work. At home, my wife and I hold a family night during the week when we gather our children around us to ensure they know the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are to be exercised and practiced at home. While many principles are taught at church, it is in the home and family garden where we are to exercise patience, kindness, selflessness, work, and wholesome recreation. At church, I have an opportunity to live my faith by serving as one of twelve councilors or advisors to my local church. This responsibility provides me an opportunity to meet together with church leaders to coordinate local activities and ensure the church is functioning well at the organizational and individual level. I specifically work in public affairs which provides endless opportunities to fellowship with opinion leaders in my community and plan service projects and activities which bring local churches and organizations together. At work, I am able to live my faith as a cardiac anesthesiologist providing medical care to those undergoing heart surgery and as an critical care physician to those who require admission to the ICU. I am humbled by the trust that patients place in the medical staff and I seek to provide them the standard of care in the operating room and the intensive care unit. This delicate relationship of trust and respect encourages me to treat my patients as Christ treats us with absolute care and kindness. Despite these efforts, there are times when very sick patients do not recover completely and it is my privilege to shepherd the family members through a sweet, but emotional period of passing for their loved one. It is at these times when I feel heaven near and the love of my Savior more fully.