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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I am a corporate VP, ameteur musician, and a Mormon.

About Me

My family did a lot of sailing when I was a teenager, mostly on the Great Lakes, but we also sailed the length of the Erie Canal one summer. I like music, and played brass instruments from 4th grade through college. Not much of a composer, but I do enjoy arranging, mostly medleys. I was a church choir director for 5-6 years, and have sung in choirs since high school. Sports has played a significant role in my life. While I still enjoy sports, I have had my fill of the professional level, and find far more entertainment value in high school, college, and semi-pro sports. Many years ago I found better things to do with my free time than watch TV drivel. I can't remember the last time I watched TV. It has been a decade at least. My wife and I have raised 8 children. Recently we lost our oldest son to cancer. He died at home, at peace, with family surrounding his bedside. We now are a better position to comfort and counsel others who have lost loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS Church, which has been a tremendous blessing in my life. I had loving parents who taught correct principles, then insisted that I study, ponder, pray, question, and determine the truth of things for myself. During times of trial, the gospel has helped me put things in proper perspective. This was particularly comforting at the death of our son. Perhaps the main reason I have remained in the LDS Church is that no other belief system has been able to provide as much real happiness, explain life's purpose, supply as many objectives worth pursuing, and offer promises of eternal duration. Nowhere else can I qualify for living with my family forever. God lives, and loves His children. Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice provided resurrection for all mankind, and Eternal Life with God for all those who obey when they can, and repent when they must. It is true -- all of it. This I know.

How I live my faith

I love to serve in whatever capacity I am asked to fill. I have taught children's classes, teenager classes and adult classes. I have served as a Cubmaster and a Scoutmaster, and have been given many other varied opportunities to serve. Two years of my life were spent in Austria as a missionary, which was an indescribable experience. I have also served in 6 bishoprics, and am presently a bishop. These are incredibly enjoyable opportunities to meet and counsel with people, to learn from them, to help those who struggle, and to spread the gospel to those who are searching for truth. Living an LDS lifestyle can sometimes be difficult, but for the most part it has helped me avoid many of life's trials and problems. Not that trials don't come, but being physically, financially, educationally, spiritually and emotionally prepared for difficult times has often made them less difficult, and less severe. I could, and should, do better at living what the gospel teaches. But I have come to know and appreciate the cleansing power of repentance. It has become my constant companion.

Are Mormons Christians?

I have often wondered why people even ask this question. "Jesus Christ" is in the official name of the Church. The cover of the Book of Mormon states that it is another witness of Jesus Christ. We study Christ's life and teachings, and strive to live our lives accordingly. He is our Savior and Redeemer, as every leader of the LDS Church has proclaimed. We worship Christ. All things are done in His name. All ordinances are performed in His name. He pray in His name. It is inconceivable that anyone who knows even the most fundamental aspects of "Mormonism" can question its Christianity. Indeed, that Christianity is the most fundamental aspect of the LDS faith. Show more Show less