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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in Idaho, love shooting and reloading, reading investment publications and am a CPA by accident. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I am a "recovering introvert" who now enjoys being with people when required, until I get home and then find every excuse to be with my wife. I want to use pens until they are empty, cars until the wheels fall off, and clothes until my wife throws them away when I am not looking. NCIS, Animal Planet, HGTV and the Food Network are favorite shows. D'backs, Suns and college football and basketball are great fun, especially "March Madness" with family only brackets. Yardwork is not a past time, and the plants know it, so they often give up the ghost whenever I am around. I can fix a lot of things and would be a woodworker if I could find the time. And for general car repair, plumbing and electrical, I am very good at knowing how to write the checks. The grandchildren are east coast, west coast and intermountain west - unfortunately none close but face time with new smart phones close the miles. Now if I could be as good on the iPhone and new technologies as by 5-7 year old grandchildren, I would have reached a milestone.

Why I am a Mormon

My church experience started with parents who set a standard of honesty and integrity in all they did. When it came to church, if they accepted a calling to serve, it was done intensely. They didn't share their testimony much with me in words. Actions always were clear. At the first Christmas I was serving as a missionary in England, special letters were requested by my mission president from family members at home for each missionary. He presented those letters to us. I will never forget the message from that first letter my parents wrote, which basically said, "Nothing in this world could keep us apart at Christmastime except knowing that you are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who need it." But most importantly, I have come to a confident knowledge through those efforts, personal introspection and 2-way communication with my Heavenly Father that He loves me, that Jesus in the Christ and my personal Savior. And critical to that is the understanding that the authority the Savior gave to his Apostles was returned to earth in modern times. That means marriage relationships and the families that are a result of ordinances performed by exercise of that authority from the Savior are not "until death do you part" but eternal. That is what I want, and that is why I do what I do.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have accepted calls to teach children and adults, be a counselor for boy scouts and others on financial matters, be in leadership roles as a counselor or head of an organization and visited with wonderful people in their home on a regular basis. Helping people move, putting up and taking down chairs in meetinghouses, doing volunteer work at church farms, Deseret Industries (thift store) and canneries to prepare staples have been special times of service. Aching back and sore hands never seemed like much compared with the warmth and comeraderie that came.