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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in Utah in the United States. I am the budget director for the local school district. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some things I like include working in the yard, riding my bicycle to work (9 miles) and watching sports on television. My wife and I have two grown children who are fun to be around.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my savior, Jesus Christ. He has prepared a way for me to overcome my transgressions, and I feel a debt of gratitude to Him. The inner peace and happiness that I feel is wonderful and great. When I read the Book of Mormon, I know that what I learn it it's pages helps me live a better life and helps those around me.

How I live my faith

I work with the boys in my area (ages 12 to 14 years old) and they really keep me busy. We go camping once a month and do service projects for people in the neighborhood that need help. I help them learn about citizenship, family life and personal management so that when they are adults, they can help society be a better place.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Steve
In the Holy Bible it states that "no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." (Hebrews 5:4) God has authorized his servants in our time to perform His ordinances here on earth. An example in modern terms would be that a person cannot arrest his neighbor unless authorized by the law of the land. With no authority to do so, such an action would not be recognized. In the same manner, God does not recognize ordinances such as baptism unless it was performed by someone who was authorized by God. It is very important to have the proper authority to baptize in the name of God. Show more Show less