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Hi I'm Steve

I'm an outdoor enthusiast, a husband, a father and international businessman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My passion has been sports and the outdoors. Funny that I actually live in a large city, but professional opportunities have been plentiful and the educational system strong for the children, so we have elected to live here. However, I'm insistent that my children will not just be suburban latch key children. As parents, we provide significant experiences in the outdoors which require effort, and hard work. We want our children to understand that life provides much more opportunity than what another teenager might say about them by the locker in the school hallway. We want them to be able to stand up, be accountable and lead--to see the possibilities in life and to make the most of their opportunities. My wife is my best friend, someone whom I love and adore. I can't wait to come home to be with her and the children each day after work--it's the best part of my day. It's the close personal bonds that bring us together.

Why I am a Mormon

There came a time in my life that I had to make tough decisions. Friends were going in several directions and I had to make up my own mind if I would "follow the crowd" or make a real decision to stand for something. I made the choice to not follow the crowd. When I realized that the crowd would almost always chose not to follow the Savior Jesus Christ, my choice was simple. I would do my best to follow Jesus. The Mormon faith has helped me understand more about my Redeemer, his love for me, his sacrifice on the cross, his pain and suffering, and his infinite love. It's through the simple whisperings that God sends to me that I know this is true. As I read about the Savior, as I follow his commandments, and as I listen to the teachings of prophets and apostles today, I know through feelings of faith, love, peace, joy that these are true. Any void that I could have ever felt has been filled through the loving arms of Christ's infinite love and forgiveness. I love God and I know that he loves me, and that through Jesus Christ I can be with God again with my family.

How I live my faith

The church does not have a paid clergy, everything is done based on volunteer labor. I strive to live my life across three areas: family, service in the church and personal worship. As a father, I try to be loving, kind, and set a great example for my children to follow. Rather than work all hours of the night, I do my best to return home each night to have dinner with the children to talk about the day, tell jokes and listen to concerns. I want to be successful at work and home, so each minute is precious. But my family is the reason why I work, so I strive to keep my priorities in perspective. Each month, my wife and I go on a special date that would be of interest to her (yep, some of those movies are just hard for a man to endure:) In church, I serve as one of three people responsible for approximately 3500 members in the area. It seems like I have two full-time jobs in addition to my children (however, I don't get paid for my service in the church). I contribute ~20 hours each week in church voluntary labor. When traveling, I attend church every Sunday, even when traveling in Germany or other locations abroad. In my personal life, I read my scriptures each day and live what I preach so that I don't live a double standard. I pray twice each day individually, and I pray each morning and night with my family and wife. In fact, I try to spend a little time after my prayers to recognize any promptings that the Lord sends me through ideas in my mind or feelings in my heart.