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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in southern Utah. My wife and I were blessed with four daughters and five sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small agricultural community where I learned to work. At age nineteen I served as a full-time missionary for two years abroad. I graduated from a public university with a degree in political science and history and taught secondary students United States History, World Geography, and American Government and Politics for thirty eight years in the public school system. Thirty of those years I also helped coach boys basketball as an assistant and head varsity coach. I enjoy watching high school and college football, basketball, and baseball. My wife and I were blessed with four daughters and five sons. I enjoy the out of doors and love to travel and see new places.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mother was a member, but my father was of another faith although he was not involved in his church much at all. My father allowed me, my brother, and my two sisters to be raised in the LDS faith. From a young age I was blessed to have a number of experiences which helped me recognize the influence and confirming power of the Holy Ghost regarding true and correct principles. At approximately twelve years of age my father began to study the teachings of our church in a more serious way. With the assistance of missionaries my father eventually was baptized. Participating in those discussions was a wonder experience for me as I felt the confirming witness of the spirit regarding what was being taught. A year later our entire family went to the temple to be "sealed" by the power of the priesthood in a special ceremony which is one of the ordinances in our church. At the age of nineteen I made the decision to serve as a full-time missionary and was called to labor in Western and South Australia. I was blessed to meet many wonder people of varying cultures and beliefs. As I participated in teaching people about the restored gospel my conviction as to the truthfulness of the principles being taught grew even more. My greatest experience in trying to live the gospel has been as a husband, father, and grandfather. My wife and I were blessed with four daughters and five sons and currently have nineteen grandchildren. Now as I watch our children try to raise their children I appreciate even more how the principles taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can bless and strengthen everyone who is willing to accept and strive to live by those principles.

How I live my faith

I have always been involved in my church serving in a variety of ways. I have taught teenagers, young adults, and adults in a variety of settings and served in leadership capacities with each of these groups. As a leader I have had the opportunity to assist, counsel, encourage, and provide appropriate assistance to people who have gone through some extremely difficult challenges. This was a tremendous learning experience for me personally. For approximately eight years I visited on a regular basis, taught, and tried to encourage men and women who were inmates at a local prison. Every time I walked out of that facility I had a heightened sense of what it means to be free. I would get into my car and think, "I can drive anywhere in the whole country that I want to right now. I am free to do so." The sun shone just a little brighter, the air more clean and fresh, and my own personal challenges seemed much less overwhelming. I have also donated time over the years helping with a fruit orchard and cannery operation, which was part of a worldwide welfare project designed to provide assistance to individuals and families who are in need. Serving in these small ways has been a great blessing to me in my life and has help me see other needs in light of my own wants.