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Hi I'm Steve

I am married with 5 kids. I am a computer programmer. I'm into health and fitness. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess you could say we're a bit unconventional. We home-school our 5 children. I'm a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and do a lot of natural healing. We have a horse and live in a small rural town. The only thing I brought from the big city was my job. I telecommute as a programmer for Oracle Corporation.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a very enthusiastic Christian. He followed Billy Graham for many years and was a very popular leader in the Rolling Hills Covenant Church. He was taught as a young Christian to understand "dispensations" of the Gospel. He believed that a Jewish-like church with an organized priesthood would emerge in these latter days. When he found the Mormon church with it's organized priesthood and the Book of Mormon, he took to it like a fish to water. He was very persecuted by his Christian friends. I think Hal Lindsey even wrote about us as being a family "fallen from grace" in one of his books. But the Mormon church has one of the greatest blessings and my entire extended family have loved their roles in the church. Yes, Mormons do believe in saving ordinances like baptism and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost, but that in no way takes away from our belief that we are saved by grace. It's been a good life and a spiritually dynamic life. I'm so thankful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm mostly a family man. I am not in a high profile position at the church. I enjoy helping in small ways. All my friendships in church are rewarding. Being a doctor has been spiritually rewarding.

What is the priesthood?

The scriptures compare Christianity to an olive tree with two types of branches: a tame and a wild branch. Prior to joining the Mormon church, we were part of the wild branch. We had faith in Christ, but no organized priesthood. The Mormon Church is like the tamed Olive branch. It continues to teach faith in Christ, but the culture revolves around saving ordinances like baptism, marriage, etc. This organization and repetition of ordinances brings us closer to Christ and helps to greater appreciate His grace. There are a lot of bad people and bad things going on in the world, but priesthood ordinances aren't part of that. Ordinances help us to be more pure-hearted, more loving, just better people altogether. Show more Show less