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Hi I'm Steve Mecham

I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Maryland. My wife and I raised four children in Utah. I'm a lawyer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was blessed with two great parents, two brothers, two sisters and my wife and I have a son, three daughters, a daughter-in-law, and two sons-in-law. All of our children have served missions for the Church just as I did when I was 19. I served in Quebec, Canada and our children were missionaries in Mexico, Taiwan, California, and Korea. My wife and I served a mission in the Micronesia Guam Mission from June 2011 to June 2014. I have seven grandchildren with an eighth on the way. I am drawn to public policy and politics. I worked for Utah's governor and regulated public utilities as chair of the Public Service Commission of Utah. I lobby the Utah legislature and practice law in Salt Lake City. My focus has been state and federal regulation, energy, telecommunications, and public utilities. I like to golf, run, and continue to enjoy good rock and roll music. When I was younger I was a guitar fanatic and still have my Martin guitar. I pull it out of the case to play occasionally. I love being outside working or recreating.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I learned the Church is true. My family has a long history as Mormons, but a family connection to the Church is not enough to sustain belief. When I was 18 I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and each time I read I felt the Holy Ghost testify in my heart that the book is true. I felt a warmth and gained enlightened understanding and learned that that those are some of the ways the Holy Ghost testifies of the truth. I know Heavenly Father preserved the book over centuries to be used as the instrument through which the true and complete gospel of Jesus Christ would be restored and re-taught to the world. The Book of Mormon was never intended to replace the Bible. It supports the Bible and provides another witness that Jesus Christ lived, lives, and is our Savior and the Savior of the world. The book restored truths that were lost from the Bible through its many translations. It helps us understand who we are and the purpose of this life. It also makes clear that our just God has provided a way for everyone to live with Him and with our families again. No one is left out of Heavenly Father's plan, even those who have died without knowledge, if they will believe in Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. It is a perfect and a perfectly just plan. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

From 2011 to 2014 I served as mission president of the Micronesia Guam Mission of the Church with my wife who was a full-time missionary with me. We supervised missionaries throughout Guam and Micronesia who devoted up to two years declaring the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Micronesia. It was wonderful to see the changes in the missionaries and in the people as they felt the Holy Ghost witness to them of the truths Heavenly Father has restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. It changed lives, including ours, as we felt the Spirit and acted on His promptings. We also provided service and made humanitarian donations for the Church to help ease some of the burdens the people in Micronesia carried. At home in Salt Lake City, Utah we have led congregations and organizations of the Church to bless and help the people. I continue to be involved in the missionary effort and my wife is working with children in our local congregation. Service has helped solidify our faith and testimony of the truth of the Church and of the restored gospel.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Steve Mecham
In John 3:5 the Savior taught that we must be baptized to qualify to re-enter the kingdom of God. Even though the Savior was sinless, He was baptized to show us the way and to fulfill all righteousness. John the Baptist who baptized Jesus held the priesthood, or the authority of God, to baptize. We believe that priesthood was taken from the earth when Jesus and His apostles were rejected. Heavenly Father restored the priesthood and the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. It is by the authority of this restored priesthood that all must be baptized to fulfill God's command and to qualify to enter God's kingdom. Baptisms performed without authority are not valid. In addition, we must be baptized to become members of the Church. Through the ordinance of baptism we promise to take on the name of Jesus Christ and to keep His commandments. In return, Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins when we repent and to allow us to have the Holy Ghost to be with us always. This is one of the greatest blessings in this life. Show more Show less