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Hi I'm Steve

Im a husband, high school teacher, soccer fanatic, doctoral candidate and aspiring demonologist. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach high school English, Creative Writing, and Journalism. The latter two options, when able, provide students with the opportunity to think outside the box and beyond standardized testing. In addition to my own words, I bring in authors, poets, musicians, artists, and creators to provide my kids with examples of what their minds have the capability to create. I've been teaching for eight years, six of which were spent in the rural South and the rest, so far, on the far-west side of the Salt Lake Valley. If I'm not teaching, writing in my novel for my doctorate, or provoking kids to perform SLAM poetry, I like snugging up to my sweet wife and listening to rock music via our living room turntable. I like feeling nostalgic. I like vintage furniture, dress, and decor. I like that I've been able to track down and start new memories based on childhood delicacies i.e. the record player, black licorice flavored toffee and ice cream, as well as Welch's Grape Soda. I like small towns and simple minded folk. I like the speed of life outside the city, but living close enough that you still get access to the restaurants, live music, art shows, and airports. I love to travel and experience culture. I hope to return to the motherland some day i.e. Scotland. I like connecting with people. Whether it be through the gospel, through writing, music, or film. I hope that making this profile will enable me to connect in such ways...

Why I am a Mormon

I served an LDS Mission for all of the wrong reasons. But mainly because it was expected of everyone where I came from. I had rarely missed seminary in high school and even served on the seminary council, but again, those reasons were not enough to serve a mission. I almost came home after I had only been out for two months. I struggled with knowing if what I was teaching others was true. One day, at my breaking point, I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet. I remember distinctly the feeling in the room on that dark and rainy morning. I remember the chill in the air as I spoke the words of the prayer, and I remember the speed at which the chill was erased by a warmth that rushed through my body at the end of the prayer. I remember the feeling or urge that I had to get out and share the news that I had learned that day. That Joseph Smith did see what he said he saw. Many events since that prayer have both shaken and strengthened my testimony. But this testimony rests on a sturdy foundation. I have felt the power of tithing, of priesthood, of the scriptures, of temples, of making good decisions, and of the atoning sacrifice of my Lord. I'm sure that I will have many more events throughout my life that will shake me and try to wreck my testimony, but I have seen, felt, and witnessed too much to deny it. I know the teachings of this church are true and I love the people in it. Their imperfections and mine, keep us united in our goal to strive for perfection. I love the Lord and His gospel.

How I live my faith

I currently teach 11-year-olds on Sundays and serve as a Scoutmaster for the same age on Tuesday evenings. I have a home teaching companion and a few families that we try to visit each month. Sometimes I'm stubborn, sometimes they are, but I believe strongly in the need to be inside the homes of our neighbors and friends to share the gospel, invite the spirit, or take care of their needs. In addition to my callings, there is a feeling of responsibility for everyone in our ward. We live in a small town and everyone is very close. The gospel is done the right way here.