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Hi I'm Steve Haymore

I am originally from Mount Airy (Mayberry), North Carolina. I love serenity and God’s beautiful outdoor creations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, at the foot of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. If you have watched the Andy Griffith Show on TV, Mount Airy is a natural replica of Mayberry being Andy’s hometown. Andy and my mother attended school together while they were growing up. My parents, three brothers and I lived on a farm just outside of town. We enjoyed the outdoors, woods, gardens, flowers, farm fields, barns, animals, milking cows, and the peace and serenity associated with the country. My brothers and I enjoyed camping, cooking in the open fire, hiking, and sports. My wife, Jennifer, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, is from Korea. We have two daughters and two granddaughters. I enjoy reading scriptures and non-fiction books. I enjoy sights and sounds associated with mountains: mountain peaks, mountain sides, valleys, rivers and streams at the base of mountains, waterfalls, trees, rocks, flowers, animals. While in the mountains, I love the sounds of nature: birds, crows, waterfalls and the rushing of rivers and streams, water flowing over rocks. I like to look downward and ponder the beauties of nature. In the mountains I love to ponder, meditate, reflect, write, and seek inspiration. While in the mountains, my heart feels peace, and I love to look downward and reflect upon the question, “What would Jesus have me do?” I love the appearance and sound of water: rivers, creeks, streams, waterfalls, ponds, lakes, dams, springs, and oceans.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the age of ten; however, in all honesty, I did not have a testimony of its truthfulness until midway through my senior year of high school. During my younger years I attended the church with my mother and brother. Everyone there was nice, kind, friendly, and helpful. I joined the church-sponsored Boy Scout troop. In addition to the regular Sunday services, I participated in weekday youth activities such as dances, sports, excursions, firesides, roadshows, and testimony meetings. I attended youth Sunday School classes and the Early Morning Seminary scripture study class. Midway through my senior year of high school, I realized that soon I would be a high school graduate and on my own to a great extent, that I could no longer live on borrowed light-someone else’s testimony of the church. I began to search deeply within my heart to know whether or not the church was true. I prayerfully studied the Book of Mormon and received a perfect assurance from Heavenly Father that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was indeed the true church of God upon the earth. I received a witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that the Book of Mormon is true, that God had once again opened the heavens and revealed his truth to people on the earth through personal revelation. Receiving this testimony was life changing. I no longer put sports and boy scouts my top priorities. Now, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and all aspects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints became my highest priority. I desired to share this testimony with the world, and demonstrated this desire by serving as a Full-time missionary for the church. I taught and saw people baptized into the church because they too studied, prayed, and received a witness that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the true church and kingdom of God on earth.

How I live my faith

The teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are ultimate guidelines and standards to heed in order to feel peace and enjoy life. If one lives the gospel daily, he experiences divine guidance and direction, the hand of Providence. Abraham Lincoln said, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.” Living the gospel makes you feel good, while not living the gospel makes you feel bad. Jesus Christ is the perfect exemplar.