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Hi I'm Stephen

I was born in Utah but grew-up in Southern Oregon. I enjoy Indexing and other forms of family history research. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some of my hobbies include: woodworking, gardening, photography, as well as many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, etc. I have been married over 50 years and have 8 children; 29 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. I'm a Veteran, having spent 4 years active duty with the United States Air Force during the period of the Vietnam War. I hold a BS in Management from Weber State University and an MBA from The University of South Florida. I am retired after working 41 years in sales and sales management. I enjoy public service and have a deep love for the Boy Scouts of America.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in a Mormon family, I yet desired to obtain my own personal witness of it's truthfulness. The key to obtaining such a spiritual confirmation was The Book of Mormon. I could clearly see that a testimony of the truthfulness and origin of this book would be the key to my knowing that Christ's Church had, indeed, been restored to this earth in modern times. Further, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Accordingly, in my late teens, having read this book in it's entirety, I knelt in prayer and vocally asked God if it was true. I'll never forget the feeling that overcame me at that time. I had never felt such a strong warm and comforting feeling of this type ever before in my life. This is not to say I had never felt the promptings of the Holy Ghost prior to this prayer, however, this was so strong and personal that I immediately began to weep. Later, teaching Chinese individuals and families in Hong Kong, I saw many having no background whatsoever in Christianity, gain a testimony of the Church by employing the same test that I followed in gaining my own personal testimony. The knowledge that my family can be together forever following this life is invaluable in helping me remain faithful and sharing my personal witness to all of my posterity.

How I live my faith

I have been active in my faith throughout my life. I have worked with both the youth as well as adults in a variety of ways including scout leader and instructor. I have been an instructor in Sunday School including classes on marriage and family relations as well as teacher training. I served as a missionary for the Church in Hong Kong between the ages of 19 and 21. Recently, I organized a service project to benefit the needs of the local Salvation Army. A total of 92 Church members devoted over 350 man-hours over the three-day project. This included both adults as well as youth. I have served as a Bishop as well as serving on many Church councils.