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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in Central and South America. I now live in Utah with my little family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five and a husband of one. My days are filled with study, work, wrangling kids, church and community service. Besides the basics, I just picked up mountain biking thanks to a few good friends who introduced the sport to me. In a past life, I used to be a mixed martial arts instructor which has come in handy from time to time when teaching self defense to youth groups around my community. I grew up in central and south America. My family and I returned to the United States when I was 11 years old. I served a mission in San Antonio, Texas. After my mission I attended the University of Utah and began my career in web application development. I've been doing that ever since.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family but I choose to be a Mormon every day. What I mean by that is that I choose to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ every day. Oh, I don't live it perfectly like I desire, but I strive non-the-less. One day I'll get it right. ;-)

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith daily in the simple things. Personal and family prayer. Personal and family scripture study. I live it by making dinner or telling bedtime stories. I live it by teaching my children how to work and serve. I live it by taking my wife out on dates. I live it going for my daily morning walk to think, playing Ultimate Frisbee or mountain biking with friends. I live it when I go to work to provide for my family. I live it being honest with my employer. I live it when I call my parents to catch up on life or visit a grandparent. I live it when I let a driver ahead of me in my lane. I live it while performing my civic duty as an elected delegate for my neighborhood. I live it by currently serving my local scout unit as the Scout Committee chair and as a neighborhood CERT leader. I live my faith by regularly attending my church meetings and the Holy Temple. I have found that living my faith doesn't involve big acts of greatness. It involves daily, simple, good choices. Do I accomplish them perfectly every day all the time? Of course I don't. I would be remiss to make anyone think otherwise. But my resolve doesn't slacken much BECAUSE of my faith. As difficult as it may be, I get back up, dust myself off each time I fall and I try again. Some would say this is a hard way to live. I think living the way the world would have me believe life should be is far more difficult. I've learned it's all about who you choose to spend your time with. Carlos Wilcox once said "Time well employed is Satan's deadliest foe; it leaves no opening for the lurking fiend".

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I have found that simple belief increases faith. Belief in Christ and everything he has asked of us. There is an emancipating power in "letting go" of the fixed, self-imposed and ridged earthly rules about who, what and how God can operate in our lives. An ancient prophet by the name of Benjamin once said, "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend" (Mosiah 4:9) Belief lets us stretch our ability to serve and love beyond our own capacity. It gives us personal license to accept that a man can indeed walk on water, move a mountain, heal the sick, have the waves of the sea or even trees obey him and more! Belief allows angels and God himself to fully operate in our lives because we do not limit their Holy influence in our lives. Belief is the substance that brings to life our hope for things of a better world. Belief moves us to action without fear. To have faith in Christ is to believe him! The best way to believe him is to learn of him and do as he asks. Then you will know of yourself and your faith will increase and become unshaken! Show more Show less