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Hi I'm Steve

I am young father of 4 children, am married to the love of my life and love all of God's creations. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Playing, reading, politics, religion, spreadsheets, and raising of family of 4 children take up most of my waking hours. Soccer is my passion, but as I get older, I've migrated to distance running and ran my first marathon a few months ago. Board games, four square, whiffle ball, basketball, and coaching soccer are all things I love to do with my wife and kids. I spend the majority of my time as a financial analyst, managing millions of dollars of inventory. When I get a free moment during the winter, I like to get up to the mountains and ski. I started when I was 6 years old and have loved it ever since. Reading books, both fiction and non-fiction, have become a hobby of mine over the last year. I'm currently finishing the last book of The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis and recently read Ender's Game. One of my favorite books of all time is "John Adams" by David McCullough. Sports have always played a big role in my life. World Cup Soccer, NCAA basketball, and college football are my favorite to watch when I have a free moment. Politics are always interesting to me. Whether you're on the left, middle, or to the right, I always enjoy a good conversation about the goings on in the world around us. Little projects around the house fill my time with satisfaction, whether it's painting rooms, or refinishing the deck. Finally, and most importantly, I love serving others by lending a hand, an ear, or an idea to tackle life's small or large challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

Walking home from elementary school at the age of 8, I thought about my decision to get baptized two days previous. The image of a clean slate came to my mind, "I was clean" from sin and I had chosen to follow Jesus Christ throughout my life. This is one of the first experiences knowing that Jesus Christ is my Savior and has the ability to keep my slate clean. When I was in 8th grade, a good friend of mine (also Mormon), decided to share the message of Jesus Christ with our friend. This friend listened to the missionaries for several months. At this time, I started studying and praying to know for myself if the Church was truly set up by Jesus Christ and if the Book of Mormon were holy scripture. The knowledge and feelings I gained through those discussions began the journey and opened up many other conversations that led to further confirmations of the truthfulness of the gospel. One of the best choices I made in my youth was to serve as a missionary. I recall sitting in my apartment one afternoon pondering my life, when a strong feeling came to me, confirming the truth that God knows me personally and He loves me very much; adding another witness to me that God has a plan for us here on earth. About a year ago, I decided to make some major changes in my life. I had been making choices that were not consistent with Christ's teachings. I was unhappy because of poor decisions. I decided to reach out for help to change my ways and bad habits. I began to pray vocally to my Heavenly Father, each morning and night to receive forgiveness and strength in overcoming the challenges I had placed in my life and my family's lives. Today, I have great peace in my life through Jesus Christ's eternal sacrifice. I am grateful for Him, for He made my change possible. These witnesses, learned through personal study of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the latter-day prophets, confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost are the reason that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my efforts to follow the Savior, I fulfill various responsibilities in my congregation. Currently I am serviing as a clerk for our bishop, maintaining records and recording significant events on the books of the Church, such as baptisms. Each month I also have the oportunity to go to the homes of 3 different families in our congregation. I share a message that can help them and/or their children in their path to follow Jesus Christ. I have assisted in administering blessings of sick children and assisted when help was needed in their homes. I try to be an example of a disciple of Jesus Christ through the language I choose to use, through the proper treatment of the body Heavenly Father has given me, and through the media I choose to watch or read. I relish opportunities to serve in the community. Last fall I coached an 8 year old boys soccer team. I used this as a great opportunity to build these boys up, teach them work ethic and treating others kindly through sportsmanship. I cherished the opportunities to teach these boys, implicitly, principles that our Savior taught us to live by. After all, life isn't about soccer, it's about learning and preparing ourselves to return to our Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father has given me 2 precious gifts on this earth: My wife and my children. My wife and children will be the first to tell you that I'm not perfect by any stretch...I know I'm a far cry from it. But I realize that my greatest opportunity to learn my faith in Jesus Christ is within the walls of my home. It can be reflected in the way I serve my wife by doing the dishes or making the bed each morning. It's reflected in talking with my children about their interests. It's reflected in my creativity in engaging my children in conversation, play, and instruction (secular or religious). I fall short many times, but taking time for each one of these gifts is how I try to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.