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Hi I'm Steve

I was born in Illinois and raised in Virginia. I was an Air Force pilot and career officer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Midwest but my father's job moved us East where I lived until my graduation from high school. I attended college at a military academy and then spent a 25-year career in the United States Air Force. I flew jet aircraft over a period of 13 years - 2 years flying B-52 bombers but most of my flying was in the F-4 fighter. I had a second career with a high-tech company from which I retired. I have 2 children (4 counting my son and daughter-in-law) and 7 grandchildren. My wife of 43+ years died of cancer. I have subsequently remarried and our family now includes 3 more adult children. In retirement I have served 3 missions (abroad) for the Church and have recently been called with my wife to serve a state-side mission. Religion has always been an important part of my life and began early in my youth with 8 years in a parochial school. I was taught early the importance of prayer and faith in God. I always had a desire to be good, but with the passage of time the search for answers led me to the Mormons. My big questions regarded the purpose of life, who and what is God, and why no prophets today. I had discussions with good people of other faiths over the years, but never found answers to the questions which haunted me. While serving in Vietnam I met several Mormons who befriended me and I investigated their Church. I was amazed by their answers to questions which I had assumed were unattainable in this life and which were confirmed to me by the Holy Spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

Because God our Heavenly Father answers prayers and reveals truth. Early in my investigation of the Church, I was told by the missionaries that it was my privilege to know that the doctrines and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. In the context of an experiment, I did everything that I was asked to do, finding that nothing that was asked of me could be in any way offensive to God. I was asked to pray about the teachings and I did so earnestly. It was a struggle in that I held the missionaries to their word. I wanted an answer to my prayers that I knew clearly was an answer. The answer came in a profound way and for the first time in my life I felt that my Heavenly Father was personally aware of me and knew just what I needed to know and how to let me know it. I learned what revelation is and that revelation endures the test of time - for me that is 44+ years - and there have been other answers and experiences that have been just as powerful, and have and will endure the test of time. I was given to know that the Book of Mormon is true and it is a powerful witness that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God - every bit a prophet like unto those of the Old Testament and the apostles and prophets of the New Testament. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ has made the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) a treasure of knowledge that it was not possible to understand before. I know that God intends that families be eternal - not just for this life. I know that in restoring His Church, Jesus Christ has again given us apostles and prophets, and has given us a living prophet today through whom He directs the affairs of the Kingdom of God upon the earth, and that that kingdom will be here to meet Him when he returns.

How I live my faith

I have embraced the commandments and the principles and ordinances of the Gospel. I strive to be obedient to all of God's laws knowing that they have been given in love by a loving Heavenly Father. I strive to walk uprightly in all things knowing that I have taken upon myself the name of Jesus Christ and have been given the Holy Priesthood which our Father in Heaven intended for all of His sons to hold. I try to treat reverently the things that are sacred to God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. They have prospered me and there will always be ways in which I can honor them with continuing service. I have had the opportunity to lead and direct the programs of the Church. I have worked with youth in Church programs including scouting. Scouting has given me the opportunity to work with other scouters in the community. I have always been assigned families to visit each month. The Temple has been a part of my life for over 38 years. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has also taught me the importance of personal liberty and freedom and the responsibility I have to uphold the principles defined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. My faith has also shown me the importance of and sacred nature of families and spending time with them - especially time with them in the mountains for high-country hiking, camping, and fishing - and my most favorite of all - bass fishing.