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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in the United States. I am an MBA student and a scientist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Church between my junior and senior year of high school, and served a two-year family history centers and temples mission. I am a scientist and love microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, and genetics. I like trying new foods, no matter how bizarre. I have no fear when it comes to eating strange things. I love learning about other cultures. I love science and the Gospel, and the two DO go perfectly hand-in-hand. I love to collect coins, hike, and spend time outdoors. I love to learn new languages. I speak German and am currently learning Serbian and Arabic. I love all of God's children regardless of their ethnicity or race. I also enjoy martial arts: I took karate for 7 years and am currently learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Most of all, I love furthering my education. I am currently an MBA student at Utah Valley University and have MS degrees in physiology and developmental biology from BYU. I also received my bachelors of science degrees in genetics, biotechnology, and German studies from BYU. I plan to eventually study anti-bioterrorism research as part of a PhD program emphasizing in biodefense.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Roman Catholic, but soon renounced my belief in God after my Roman Catholic confirmation. Over the next few months, I became agnostic because I realized that I did not really know if there was a God, although I eventually came to the knowledge that there is a Supreme Creator. Some days I would believe in God; others I would not. That all was, until one day during my sophomore year of high school I found a Book of Mormon at a local bookstore, and bought and read it. I could not believe my mind, I was so impressed by its message. After much more significant study, I was confirmed into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in July 2008. To this day, I do all in my power to keep the Lord's commandments and always openly accept new commandments into my life when I find them, as part of my promise I made to God when I gained my testimony of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday and the temple at least once every week. I read from the Scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price) every day. I do all in my power to keep God's many, many commandments and am grateful that I do. Whenever I mess up, I repent and move on. We are all fallible human beings and mess up sometimes. I fulfill my Church callings to the fullest, whatever they may be. I share the Gospel with my non-LDS family. Whenever someone needs help, I gladly help them. I do whatever it takes to make people feel happy. I further my education as much as possible, and will always continue to do so, so I may be of more help to my fellow human beings. I take the greatest joy in knowing that I made someone's burden lighter. I also fulfill my duties as a minister.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I am a scientist. I study microbes of all kinds as a geneticist and biotechnologist. Just as we know that a computer was designed by man by looking at its programming and chips, etc., I know that God designed the universe by seeing how cells work like computers. I love how there are enzymes and cellular machinery, each with its own purpose and function. I love how genes code for proteins which help produce specific phenotypes. The same can be said about how the planets move, and how all the laws of physics and gravity works. I can say that by knowing the little that I do about physics, that no accident could have resulted in such order. Disorder cannot beget order in any way. Although there is disorder all around us, there is also some order, and that could not be had a Creator not designed everything. Being well-educated in the field of biology, I know that evolution was used by a means by God to bring forth life. In fact, no science testifies of the existence of God more than evolution testifies that there is a Supreme Creator who loves his creations. I am so grateful for my knowledge of the Scriptures and science, so that I can no be afraid when something new is discovered. Show more Show less