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Hi I'm Sterling Simkins

I'm a teacher, a writer, a husband, and a father. My pioneer ancestors helped settle Iron County in Southern Utah. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I always wanted to be a scientist when I grew up. In secondary school, I took every science class possible and upon graduating from high school, had enough science credits, and advanced placement classes in other subjects, to begin college as a sophomore. There was never a question of what my major would be. But something changed part-way through my senior year. In addition to losing sight of my career goals, I began to feel a tremendous void in my life and in a moment of desperation, dropped completely out of college, packed up my little pick-up truck, and moved to a distant city in search of something I could neither understand nor define. For a short time, the change of scenery and new-found freedom was its own reward, but within a few months, the emptiness returned. About this time, a group of LDS singles invited me to join with them in attending various church related activities. It was a "last resort" effort on my part, but I saw and felt things that were new and marvelous to me and never looked back; the void had been filled. One year later, I was only ten hours shy of graduating from college but dropped out again ---- this time to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Finally, at age 25, I graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, a minor degree in Behavioral Psychology, and a secondary education certificate in Biology!

Why I am a Mormon

In the Gospel according to St John, Chapter 7 verse 17, the Savior said: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." In other words, Jesus Christ told his followers that by putting his teachings to the test, they would know with surety that what he taught was true and correct and came from God. God's will --- the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ --- is found in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament or witness of Jesus Christ. The coming forth of the Book of Mormon fulfilled the prophecy recorded in Ezekial 37:16-19, that the "stick of Judah," and the "stick of Joseph," would be "joined into one stick" and "become on in thine hand." Together these books testify that Jesus Christ lives, that he is the way, the truth and the life. I have put His teachings to the test and know that the doctrine is of God. In seeking to obey His commandments, I have found purpose and direction in my life that I know is in harmony with God's will. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I know that my sins can be forgiven and my weaknesses made strong. I know that if I continue faithful and endure to the end, I can return to live in God's presence and enjoy the glory promised in Roman 8:17 as a joint heir with God, our Heavenly Father, and his son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

It's Sunday morning, my favorite day of the week. Because there are three wards that meet in our chapel, regular services begin a 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. My ward (congregation) is on the late schedule this year and I love being able to get up and have the entire morning to study, ponder and pray before attending my worship services. For most of my adult life, I've had teaching and other leadership responsibilities in our church. Because there is no paid ministry in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members of the congregation are asked (called) to fulfill positions of responsibility. One of my first callings was to teach 10-year-old boys and girls in our young people's organization called Primary. In Primary, children are taught that God is our Heavenly Father and that he loves us and wants us to be happy. Children also learn that Jesus Christ is our elder brother and that he showed us the way to live and to love others. In addition to the Primary organization, our church has programs for youth ages 12-18, young single adults, young married couples, and older brothers, sisters, and seniors whether married, single, divorced or otherwise. In essence, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, I try to live my faith by serving others; whether it be by simple gestures such as a smile or helping hand, or in a position of greater responsibility such a teaching a class or presiding over a quorum of Elders. Our Savior, by precept and example, taught us how to love and to serve --- and admonished us to study and pray continually that we might treasure up the word of God and live to become more like him. What better day to learn and to serve than the Sabbath Day, my favorite day of the week! When observed properly and prayerfully, the spirit of the Sabbath continues throughout the week, making every day a blessed day.