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Hi I'm Stevie

I grew up in the Western United States. I love sports, love the water, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the LDS church, yet still decided to live my own (not so righteous) lifestyle for about 20 years. I am, and forever will be grateful for the awesome healing power of the Atonement. I dropped out of school a number of times, finally got my GED, joined the Army for six years as a UH-60 helicopter mechanic, met a lot of great (and not so great) people and lifelong friends throughout my life, and spent some time in Germany as well as Iraq during my military service. I got out the military in 2005 and had plans to get a college degree. Somewhere along the way my life began to take some unusual (and difficult) turns. In 2008 I suffered a life-threatening head injury, the result of which caused me to completely lose my sense of smell, and still can't smell a thing to this day. I suffer with headaches on a daily basis and used to battle depression and anxiety daily as well, but thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the infinite healing power of the Atonement my battles with depression and anxiety are more and more infrequent. I have a great job working in the IT field, have finally achieved an Associate degree, and am currently only two classes away from a Bachelor degree. I cannot ever remember being more happy in my entire life now that I am living in obedience to God's commandments, and I love to share His love with everyone around me!

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned earlier, I spent more than half of my life away from the Gospel, living in what I thought was "worldly happiness", only to be miserable and become more and more miserable as my life went on. I find I am TRULY happy when, and only when I am obedient to the commandments of God. I am still FAR from perfect, and have a very 'colorful' past and a few addictions that I needed the healing power of the Atonement to recover from, but I can honestly say that the 'pain' I suffered for my repentance process was WAY more worth it (and less painful) than the sorrows and misery I suffered while living a life that was in direct violation of God's laws. I choose to be happy, TRULY happy, and I therefore CHOOSE to obey God's laws. I tried for many, many years to overcome the difficulties of this world on my own (a prideful thing most men suffer from :-) ). I still hate asking for help and would rather do what I can on my own. But I testify to you that NO man can make it through this life WITHOUT help from someone, and what better help can anyone ask for than divine aid, which readily available to everyone for God's arm remains stretched out to aid all who but ask for it! I prayed for years for God to help me. Now, I see that what I really wanted him to do was simply remove all my troubles and 'give' me a 'perfect' life. I didn't want help, I wanted Him to do all the work for me and just sit by and 'enjoy' life. Asking, truly and wholeheartedly asking for His aid and forgiveness was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but OH was it worth the joy I have in my life now! My testimony to you is that Hope is never out of reach. The healing power of the Atonement can and will cleanse you if you let it. God WILL help all who sincerely ask for aid, and it is never too late to do so. He knows the help you need and wants more than anything to give it to you. He loves you!

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service and obeying the commandments of God, listening to nothing but good and uplifting music (that took awhile), movies, etc., and by doing on the 'little' things which every member should be doing daily, weekly and monthly (i.e. prayer, scripture study, home-teaching, attending church meetings, etc.). I have also made it a personal and spiritual goal to attend the Temple weekly as well as studying from appropriate Gospel material and spiritually uplifting books in my free time. I will also do all I can to help those who suffer from addictions or feel it is too late to return (or begin) to live as God wants them to. God loves you, and so do I!