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Hi I'm Steven

I'm a husband, a father (three wonderful children), an engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona and grew up one of seven siblings. Being one of the younger ones in the family, I had the benefit of watching my older brothers and sisters grow up and face life's challenges and make important decisions before I had to. Their excellent examples helped pave the way for the person I would become. I had what I would call a very normal childhood. I participated in sports, student councils, Boy Scouts, little league, etc. And while not a particularly outgoing individual, I had plenty of friends and my house was one where everyone was made to feel welcome. As a young adult, I served as a full-time missionary for the LDS church in Rome, Italy. I attending college both in Utah and Arizona and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineer. I am currently a husband and father. I have three wonderful children and I work as a engineer in California.

Why I am a Mormon

I mentioned that my childhood was normal, but really that might be understated. Really it was ideal. It all started with two wonderful parents that did everything for their children. Their focus was us and our home. I don't remember my parents going on many dates or spending time with their friends. I'm not saying that they couldn't have or shouldn't have done more of that, but they didn't. It was clear that their lives centered around their home. This focus in life came from their testimonies of and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They didn't just talk about the Gospel or tell us good things to do, they lived it completely. It was easy to follow the Savior’s teachings because it was part of who they are. Their example provided me with clear understanding of the happiness that comes from living the Gospel. Naturally, I wanted to know what they knew. As parents, they provided us with opportunities to read the scriptures, pray, give service and show kindness to all around us. When it was time for me to develop my own understanding of things, it was easy for me to pick of the scriptures and read or to kneel down and pray. I took those opportunities at a fairly young age and remember the warmth I felt as truths from the scriptures became clear to me. I was comfortable kneeling down to pray to ask my Father in Heaven about all that I had experienced and learned. The answers were clear. This Gospel is true. Heavenly Father loves us and has a plan for us. He is prepared to be involved in every facet of our lives if we are willing to let him in. As I came to my own personal testimony of the Gospel, I desired to let others know how I felt. This ultimately led me to become a two-year full-time missionary for the church. It has lead me to raise my own family in the same way my parents did.

How I live my faith

The practice of my faith starts in my home. I try to raise my children in the same way my parents raised me. I know in some ways I fall short, but in other ways I think I have added to what my parents provided me and will hopefully allow my children to do the same. In our home, we have regular family scripture reading. We say prayers, not simply at meals, but in the evenings after scripture reading or whenever is feels appropriate. We hold a weekly Family Home Evening, which is a program that dedicates one night a week to gospel instruction in the home. This evening together is also a time to learn about our kids, to do activities together and to share talents. From that foundation in the home, I strive to follow the Savior's example in my daily live outside of the home as my parents have done. While not perfect, I try to be a positive influence on those around me, to lift people up rather than bring them down or complain about their shortcomings. As a part of my church service, I dedicate much of my free time to the youth organization for older boys. This includes scouting and helping them learn their duties and responsibilities within the church. This takes me out of my home at least once a week, but it is great to associate with these young men and watch them express their own faith in Christ by following high standards when any moral standard seems to be attached. It increases my faith to watch these young men meet the challenges thrown at them as they remain faithful to their Father in Heaven.