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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a retired civil engineer. Getting ready to serve a mission in Tonga. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized on 8 February 1980 by my father. I will be eternally grateful to my father for introducing me to the church. I have come to know that Heavenly Father has a plan and that, if I am faithful in doing my part, I can live with my family forever and we can live with Him and His Son Jesus Christ some day. I am a husband to a wonderful wife, dad to 6 amazing children and "Opa" to 12 beautiful grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). Isn't life great!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in another faith, actually my family attended several churches when I was young. When I was a teenager my brother and I enjoyed the youth program at the same church until I was 14. At that time my family moved to Hawaii for a couple years. I was not active in any church during the next 10 years. I knew of the Mormons while in Hawaii as I got to know some of them my age when I went to a different island to harvest pineapples for the summer. They seemed like pretty good guys. But my real involvement with a Mormon and the religion was after I returned from serving in the armed forces in Europe. My father had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Oregon shortly after he retired from the Navy. I noticed a change in him and attributed it to his joining the church. When he asked me and my wife if we would be interested in learning more about the church by listening to the missionary discussions it was easy to say yes. After listening to the first couple missionary discussions I realized there was a spirit about those young men as they taught me. I also realized that if what they were telling me was true I would need to make some changes in my current life style; I'd have to give up tobacco, alcohol and Sunday hunting excursions. I found out that it was true. I made the necessary changes and was baptized along with my wife. We've never looked back!

How I live my faith

Prior to joining the church I was pretty much into myself. Since being baptized I have served people in many capacities in various areas in the US. I served: in the National Guard; in scouting as Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach and Organizational Representative; in the community as a chamber of commerce board member; in church as a secretary, a emergency preparedness committee chairman, a teacher, a counselor, a bishop, and home teacher and, now that I am retired, I am beginning service as a Senior Missionary with my wife. I have learned that when I serve my fellowman, I serve my God. Serving brings me closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. My love for Him grows as I serve His other children.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Steve
I look around me and see the marvelous creations of the world and know that there is a God. I didn't always call God "God". I remember one day when I was about 13 or 14 years old discussing with a friend whether there was a Supreme Being that watched over us, that created the earth etc. I don't remember coming to any conclusion at that time other than there was something bigger and more powerful than us. I cannot believe for a moment that the complex creations existing in the world today came into being by chance. I believe the words of Alma, an ancient prophet , who wrote "...all things denote there is a God...a Supreme Creator."(Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44). Show more Show less