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Hi I'm Steve Stewart

I grew up in Southern California. I'm a husband and father of 6 children. I'm a middle school principal in Utah, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My childhood was unremarkable. We didn't have a lot, but we had good friends and enjoyed family activities. My Dad worked in a steel mill and my Mom stayed home with four boys. I was the oldest. We didn't have a lot of money, but we did lots of fun things together. Education was important to my parents because they knew they wanted more for their sons than they had. Nobody in my extended family had ever graduated from college. So, when my Dad earned his Associates Degree from a local college, we were so proud of him. He always told me that I should look forward to university studies and hoped I would look for a job that provided the opportunity to be of service to others. Some of my Dad's family had ties to the LDS Church and my Mom was a convert at age 17. During the first ten years of my life, I remember being somewhat active in the church. However, by the time I turned 10 we were no longer attending church. I had been attending a local Protestant church, when I met a young lady who intrigued me with her selfless nature and sweet demeanor. There was something special about her that made her stand out among other young ladies with whom I was acquainted. I learned that she was a member of the LDS Church. After my mission, the young lady and I were married and we now have six children. I have followed my Dad's counsel and have a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in Education. I taught math in a high school before moving into school administration. I love working with youth.

Why I am a Mormon

I had limited experience in church during my childhood. My parents did not come from families that had a strong foundation or commitment to attending church. My Dad's family was not involved in churches at all and my Mom came from a family who went to church on Christmas and Easter. When they had children, they determined that going to church was important and they wanted us boys to have a religious upbringing. They both chose the LDS Church because of its family-centered nature and because they both had had some experience with the teachings of the church. However, by the time I was 10, they had stopped attending church. During my high school years, my brother and I met some friends who were associated with a local Protestant church. The kids were friendly and began attending with them. I enjoyed the company of my friends and became friends with the pastor. While I had good friends and good activities there, I never really got close to God or Jesus. It was during a building project one day that the pastor and I were talking about church in general and I was telling him how I wish my parents could attend church with me like all the other kids who came. At that very moment, my Dad drove up and the pastor encouraged me to talk to them about it. I still remember my Dad's response. He told me that if he was to go back to church it would be to the Mormon Church. I was upset at the time because I had been away form the church for 8 years and little memory of it. This is also when I felt that God stepped in and directed me, and eventually my family, back to the church. Within months I had met a young lady who exemplified everything I wanted in my life. She was at peace with who she was and what she wanted out of life. She was dedicated to living as the Savior wanted her to live and became the force behind my conversion. She and I have had six wonderful children and are dedicated to teaching them and anyone else we can to love the Lord and seek for His peace.

How I live my faith

My family is everything to me. My wife is the center of my universe and my children are our dual focus. The church is family-centered and its teachings help provide my wife and me the strength, understanding, and knowledge we need to bring our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost into our home. Through my years of church service, I have learned the importance of helping others through dedicated service. I have had the opportunity to visit other members of the church to provide support and encouragement. I have had a variety of positions in the church which have allowed me to not only serve others, but to learn more about myself and my relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Over the years, I have participated in a number of service projects including blood drives, clean-up projects at church farms, and welfare projects like canning or cleaning up a neighbors yard. I have had the opportunity to lead an organization that provides wholesome activities and education for youth ages 12 to 18. This has included serving in the Boy Scouts of America as a leader and advisor. I have participated in a number of scout camps and have helped many scouts earn merit badges and progress in their scouting.others, but to learn more about myself and my relationship to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I pray every day and have felt the comfort of the Spirit as I have done so. I have received answers to specific prayers regarding my goals in life, how to overcome difficult circumstances, and how to help my family. I love reading scriptures. Reading them over and over throughout the years has provided insights into my purpose on earth and the grand plan of our Heavenly Father. And, while they are the same words each time I read, the message I receive from them adapts to my particular circumstance as I have grown and matured. I enjoy doing this with my family as well. It gives us a feeling that we can deal with all the complexity of this world.