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Hi I'm Stephen

I grew up in a military family in the USA. I have six kids, five with my wife and a 15 passenger van. I am a nurse, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am number 6 of 7 siblings and growing up in a house when there was more people in it then bedrooms was memorable. I always shared a room with someone, my little brother and I are very close in age. He and I often were each others only friend, moving every four years or so caused us to become close to one another. As the years went by my siblings began to move out due to marriage, school or a mission. As a teenager I began to notice the intense arguments my parents had been having, I wondered 'how long has it been this way'. During my senior year in high school coming home from work I was told that my parents have decided to end their 28 year marriage by a letter that was under my pillow. I pretended the divorce had not affected me, but it did. I turned towards a destructive lifestyle and had my son with my girlfriend at that time. Then the destructive coping mechanisms caused me to be discharged from the US Army early. Up to that point I had experienced many failures in my life, attempting to fill the loneliness with temporary measures. I returned home a broken man, a single dad and no source of income. Living with my older brother and his wife, I attended church. I saw my future wife there the first time walking in from the foyer with her nephew at her feet, I was overwhelmed with the feeling that she is a special person and that I needed to meet her. We eloped and were sealed one year later, we are still together. My son is now the older brother of 5 siblings.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents were converts in their youth, both of them came from broken abusive homes. I was born and raised in the covenant or in the church. Amazingly, my parents always shared their testimonies with us. They made sure we were at our church activities, whether it be primary, scouts or youth activities. They even took us to church services every week. By their faith in the Lord, it allowed me to gain a testimony and by my own experiences in the church my testimony was growing. I have many fond and great memories in my youth that gave me hope during my dark times alone in the world, I always had a testimony. My flame was faint and perhaps almost gone, having my son really changed me. I began to remember the words of my parents, their testimonies and my leaders in my youth. Then for the first time in my life I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety, cover to cover. I was able to quite smoking cigarettes cold turkey during that time when I read it. Even to the point that my desire to have them was completely gone. A great fire of desire consumed me, I wanted to know more and sought counsel through the bishop. Since that day of entering the Bishops office my life has positively changed. I am a Mormon, because I have seen the steady hand of the Lord in my life and a loving Father in Heaven mending my broken heart. I am a Mormon because I choose to be and trying to live like my Savior the best i can.

How I live my faith

Little did I know that coming back to church would keep me busy, in a good way. While being a full-time student, working full-time, being a dad of 4 kids at the time and husband, I became a nurse. I did not serve a mission, but I take being a home teacher seriously and consider it a mission in itself. I have been an Assistant Scoutmaster, during that time I was humbly reminded how goofy and annoying I must had been as a 12 year old scout, but really it prepared me for being a parent. I served the young men in the church from many years as an adviser, teacher and at times a friend. I remember receiving a call from a young man asking me for advise on a particular movie he and his friends wanted to watch, I felt so honored and humbled. I assisted the bishop as a clerk for a time and helping him find members. I now serve as a ward missionary!! I finally get to work directly with the missionaries, what joy and honor it is to serve the Lord in this way. Above all that has been said, the greatest reward in living my faith is my wife and children. It is quite the journey and at times seems like a quest. The greatest teachings I receive from the Holy Ghost is being a parent, it has put into perspective my relationship with Heavenly Father and my purpose. My family and I read scriptures together every night and pray together every night, even when it was a bad day. Family home evening turns into quite the talent show sometimes or is cut real short due to attention spans, but we do it. My little brother and I live a rocks throw from each other. We do a baby sitting co-op, this allows my wife and I to have date nights. We go the the temple, maybe a movie, shopping and sometimes we just stay home ordering take out and eating treats for a date. I am trying to live my faith by improving upon where my parents were successful and avoid the mistakes they made. Even though they divorced, they did their best according to their understanding of the gospel.