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Hi I'm Steve

My name is Steve. I'm a physician in Arizona. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am married and have six children. Having a large family is sure tough these days, but the joys my wife and kids bring to me are so worth the sacrifices. I love classical music, and am a flute player in my spare time. All my children enjoy music as well. However, our most favorite family pastime is chess. All eight of us love to play, and our games range from heated to fun.

Why I am a Mormon

Mom is Italian, so I was raised on pasta, hugs and her Catholic faith. I remember going to Mass with her as a child. My dad was Mormon though, and mom and dad met at a "proper" dance club in 1955 in Los Angeles. Part of their decision making was that me an my two brothers would be raised in the Mormon faith. Mom says she was really impressed with the youth programs, and the strength and examples of so many of the members. In 1968 we moved to a small town in Utah called Kaysville. It was tough on mom to move away from her family, but she quickly assimilated into a nice Catholic congregation. All went smoothly and as I had always been accustom until I turned 13. One evening, mom told me that she had been reading the Book of Mormon, and that she had decided to take the missionary lessons to formally hear what the Mormon church was about. I guess I thought that was cool at the time, but when she then decided to join the Church, it seems kind of strange to me. Mom just always went to her church and we went to ours. It is just the way it had always been, and it was awkward for me to see it differently. Over the years though, I have seen an amazing light blossom in my mom. I guess it had always been there, and I don't really know what I am trying to describe. It is just that she seems so happy. She sometimes gets tears in her eyes, when she talks of how joining the Church has been such a blessing for her in her life. She and dad even went on a volunteer mission to South Korea for eighteen months. Wow. That just isn't like the shy Italian mother I had always known.

How I live my faith

I have an assignment in my church called hometeaching, which allows me the assist other members of my faith in their personal needs. I have three very different family units I help with, all of which are very different from one another. One is a single man who has been divorced twice, one is a couple who have been married for twenty years, and the last is a single elderly woman who is living alone. Since every member helps one another in the Mormon faith, our family has hometeachers assigned to us as well. We make visits and calls in pairs, and we love it when our home teachers visit us in our home. They is hilarious, and yet it feels so great having them there.

What is faith?

Steve
Faith for me is believing in something that is real but that I can't see. The strongest expression of faith, in my opinion, is believing in Jesus Christ. I feel I manifest my faith in Him by living my life in a way I hope would make him proud. I try to love my neighbor, be honest, and live the other teachings he demonstrated in the Bible. When I do this, my confidence in him increases, and my faith in him does as well. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Steve
My bio kind of addresses this. Mom seems so fulfilled now. It is probably something that I have always taken for granted in my own life. I see my children as they grow, and that baton of fulfillment seems to passing to them in a similar manner. My two oldest daughters are happily married and have blessed us with two new grandsons. My other four kids still at home seem to be also on track to have happy and successful lives. I don't know where I would be without my faith and Church to help me these kids. There are so many caring members who have spent countless hours serving as their teachers, leaders and counselors. They say it takes a village to raise a child. With so many bad influences in the world today, I really feel blessed to have the Mormon Church as my "village". It has taken a lot of the worry and scary randomness out of raising kids for my wife and I. Show more Show less