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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in Ohio. I've lived a fairly normal life in Texas for the past 26 years raising a wonderful family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I may be known to my friends as a foodie. That only means that I'm enthusiastic about experimenting with cooking and new recipes. Actually it's probably true that recipes and the Food TV Network inspire me and then I try out my creations with my family and friend as guinea pigs. I'm very fortunate to have a great wife of more than 35 years who is always supportive and loving. She's known to our family and a large group of friends as a super-quilter. We have two great children and both have made us grandparents. It's wonderful to be grandparents. I've had a long career as a sales engineer for major manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment, selling large building systems to major multisite customers. Right now, I'm going through a career shift planning towards serving Church missions with my sweetheart wife.

Why I am a Mormon

It all started at age 10 in Ohio. One summer morning there was a knock at the door. I answered and there were two young men in white shirts and ties at the door. I called my mother. My wonderful mother asked them what they wanted, listened briefly and then invited them back to dinner that evening. She told them that they, as travelers and apparently nice young men, are invited to tell of their mission and homes but that family would not be interested to hear about their religion. The missionaries came for dinner and obeyed mother’s request. After dinner and visiting, I showed them to the door. Just before walking out, one of them turned and handled me a book and said, “This is for you.” It was the Book of Mormon. As time wore on, I kept the book to myself, read parts of it and was fascinated by the stories. I felt a strange excitement when I read and thought about it. I was a reader of Tom Swift, Hardy Boys books and more, this Book was somehow very different. I attended Lutheran catechism for three years on Saturday during my 7th, 8th and 9th grade years. I was filled with concerns that what I was being taught was not understandable and seemed to not be complete. Driving the pastors a little crazy with my questioning, I continued to be told that it wasn’t important to understand everything but to just believe. I just could not conceive of a God without a body, parts or passion in whose image I was created. At age 16, my parents and I took a car trip to the western US. We spent a few hours as tourist visiting Temple Square in Salt Lake City. As we drove away, I leaned over the seat to talk about it with my parents. I felt an excitement that defied words. I only knew that I felt something powerful that I could not deny.

How I live my faith

It took almost 10 more years after my visit to Salt Lake City before I finally had a visit in my apartment with two missionaries. We first met on June 6th of 1976. I discovered in a series of discussions all of the missing pieces of eternal knowledge that had so long plagued me. I was gratefully baptized a couple weeks later on July 3rd 1976. I now know and understand my Heavenly Father and deeply feel his total love for me. With this knowledge, I now know who I am, why I'm here and where I'm going. I know that Jesus Christ is separate and distinct from our Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ was perfect in his role as Savior for me and all mankind. I am so very grateful to have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Today, I've served in a number of teaching, Scouting and leadership positions in my several ward congregations. Serving others to me is the best way to find happiness in life. If we hold to ourselves and don't venture out to make and be good friends, our lives are surely wasted. My sweet wife and I love to attend Church, serve in our volunteer positions and try to be the best of neighbors where we live.