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Hi I'm Steve Thunell

I grew up in Salt Lake city, married my wife Pat in the Salt Lake temple. We have raised Seven children, Five girls and two boys

About Me

My name is Steve, I'm a Mormon, I have a wonderful family of seven children and enjoy spending time with them and going to visit those who live away from home. I am a retired Army officer after spending 32 years in the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), I am an airplane junky and work for a company making parts for civilian aircraft. I am in the process of building a LSA aircraft in my garage, but will put that on hold as my wife and I are going on a Mission to Japan for the Church. I also taught Scuba Diving to hundreds of people under the PADI diving organization. I love to serve others and spent many years as a leader in the Boy Scouts. Teaching young men important values and skills, being in the outdoors and enjoying Gods creations, it just doesn't get any better than that. I have had some fun opportunities in the past few years. My boss took me to the Osh Kosh air show in Wisconsin. Great people, beautiful countryside, and what a show. In 2008 I was given the opportunity with my sailor son in law to travel from Honolulu to San Diego on the USS Reagan Aircraft Carrier. It was simply incredible. I have a great love for this country and those who serve. Much of my time now as I am older and broken, is spent serving others of our faith. Just being active and happy is important to me, and The Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me that opportunity. I am a very curious person and have a great interest in understanding The Gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing it with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but like many young men, was just interested in having fun. I went to church on Sundays and did the things I was supposed to do, but did not have a strong testimony of Christ. In my late teens I read the New Testament and learned about Jesus Christ. When I was 21, I married my high school sweetheart in the Salt Lake Mormon Temple. We were married for time and all eternity. The authority to do so was given to Joseph Smith by Peter, James, and John as they laid their hands upon his head. My testimony grew over the years as I went to school, raised a family, worked, and served my country in the Army National Guard as a Special Forces Soldier. I made the mistake of taking a Job that required me to work on Sundays. The spiritual part of me had faded away. As the years went by we had a large family of seven children, I was still working and trying to complete college, and making bad decisions in life. I seemed to be in the bottom of a barrel looking up with not much hope. I needed help, and turned to the Savior. I started to read the scriptures again, and took a job that allowed me to be in church. I read the Book of Mormon and received a witness of its truthfulness through the Holy Ghost. It is hard to describe how the blessings come when you follow the commandments of God, but they do. As I exercised my faith in him, went to church and used the priesthood that I was given, my life changed. As I put him into my life, he responded with the blessings that he promises to those that will follow him. I have received callings in the Church that offer me an opportunity to serve others. In doing so, I serve the Lord. We have been blessed in all ways since then, and now have an opportunity to serve him by going on a mission to Tokyo Japan. God lives, and his Son Jesus Christ gave his life that I might repent and come unto him. I could never repay him for that sacrifice, but will live my life trying. Today I have peace and Joy in my life.

How I live my faith

I am a counselor in a Branch Presidency of the Church. I serve in a retirement home in Salt Lake city. There is a good sized membership there, and they are in need of constant Hope, Love, and spiritual guidance as they live out their lives. We go there three days a week and never get tired of the experience. Previous to that, I served as a Scout Leader in the church of Jesus Christ. I served for over twenty years teaching outdoor skills, camping, scuba diving, and a variety of other skills. It also gave me the opportunity to teach them about Christ and following his commandments. It has been rewarding to see them grow in the Gospel, to get married in the temple for time and all eternity and raise a family. I also enjoy spending time with my own family. Our family became much closer when we lost a son in a construction accident when he was 23. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has taught us that he is in a good place and that we will be reunited with him as a family in the hereafter. The Gospel of Jesus Christ answers the three great questions in life: Who am I, Why am I here, and Where am I going. The knowledge of which, is so powerful, that everything I do in life now makes sense, I not only have a purpose, but have been given the tools to come back into the presence of a loving Heavenly Father. He has offered to give me, and you, everything that he has, and to receive it for all eternity. That’s a tough one to understand, but is exciting to contemplate. My wife and I have just been called to serve a mission in Tokyo, Japan. It is an opportunity to serve there and help bring hope and faith to those who are willing to come unto Christ. Once you have a witness of the truth, it is something that you immerse yourselves in, and you want to shout it to the world. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not a casual thing, but a way of life. It involves honest, clean living, Love for our neighbors, obedience to God, and service to others.