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Hi I'm Steve

I love to come home at night, kiss my wife, read the paper and pet the dog. Simplicity delights me. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by wonderful parents. I developed a love of nature early on because my grandfather often took me fishing and camping. Due in large part to his influence, I graduated from college with a degree in forestry. As a teenager, I worked for two years as a golf caddy at an exclusive Jewish country club, and later in the pro shop for two more years. I finished my work experience there for another three years as an assistant greens keeper. Realizing that a job in the U.S. Forest Service would likely find me in the western United States, I decided to learn how to ride a horse. I took dressage lessons from a fine woman, and soon began working on her and her husband’s horse farm. I learned that she was a Mormon. Her kind heart and gentle demeanor led me to be interested in her religion. Several months later I was baptized in the Mormon Church, and a little over one year later I was serving a full time mission for two years in Argentina. This was a defining series of events in my life. After returning from Argentina, I obtained an MBA degree and ended up as a retail banker rather than a forester. I worked in several small towns in the rural areas of Utah. My wife and I adopted five children from Costa Rica. They kept us very busy! After finally settling down in our present location, I have found a sense of quiet peace in raising our Miniature Schnauzer dogs, feeding the song birds in our backyard and being a good neighbor.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 19 years old. I was not searching for the true religion. A few years earlier, Mom and Dad had me attend confirmation class with the Methodist minister. One of us asked him what God was like. He said, “We don’t know if God is a man or a woman; we don’t know what color God’s hair is, or skin color. It is all a mystery.” My unspoken thought was, “Man, you are the minister. If you don’t know who God is, then who does?” Five years later, a friend invited me to attend the Mormon Church with her. The Sunday School teacher explained God's Plan of Salvation. The next afternoon at work, I asked my friend skeptically how anyone could know so much about our life’s journey – even extending backward in time from before we were born on Earth. She merely turned her head toward me, and said, “It is because we believe in a living prophet.” I had no response. I just knew that she had something that I wanted to also have in my life. It was a quiet serenity, a goodness that glowed. She soon arranged for me to meet the Mormon missionaries. They began teaching me from the Book of Mormon. I did what the Elders told me to do. I took this holy book every night from my bedside. I knelt in prayer and I asked God if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I asked Him if the Book of Mormon is true. I did this same thing night after night. I got no answer, week after week for months. Then one night, after I was about half way through the book, I was all the way up to Alma 32. As I read about giving place within me for a seed of faith to be nurtured and grow, I experienced something I never before felt. The Holy Ghost filled my little basement bedroom with an influence so divine that I honestly felt that if it continued much longer, I would be consumed in joy. The Holy Ghost impressed upon my soul the truthfulness of the message of the Restoration. Joseph Smith was a prophet! The Book of Mormon is true! Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and He has restored His Church to the earth.

How I live my faith

I spent three years presiding over one of the Church's missions. In this capacity, I was the leader of over 400 of the young single adult missionaries who devote two years of their lives (18 months for the women) inviting others to come unto Christ and His restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I have been greatly impressed by the great faith of these young people as they conform their lives to the Lord's standards of personal purity and devotion to His great cause. They represent the Lord with honor and dignity as they teach the gospel of our Savior. Although I never aspired to a position of leadership in this Church, I have tried to be ready to serve in whatever capacity the Lord's representatives are inspired to call me to. By living my faith, I have learned firsthand that the heavens are open and that God our Heavenly Father loves each of His children. The heavens are open!

Who was Joseph Smith?

Steve
I have studied the life of Joseph Smith for many years since the time of my conversion to this Church in 1970. My grandparents were raised in the Colesville, New York area where the first branch of the Church was formed. There has been much in the way of local myths and folklore surrounding Joseph's time in that area. There are falsehoods that persist to this day. But my lengthy pursuit of the truth regarding Joseph Smith has brought me to the firm conclusion that he saw and conversed with God the Father and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was visited and instructed by angelic messengers sent to him by God to prepare the way for a restoration of that which had been lost for centuries - the Abrahamic covenant as found in the Old Testament of the Bible and the ancient organization of the Church as brought about by the Savior during His earthly ministry, complete with all of the authority and ordinances that enable families to be sealed to one another eternally. He is the great revealer of Christ in these last days. The proof of his calling is provided in the Book of Mormon, which he brought about under the gift and power of God. This book is tangible evidence of the truthfulness of the Restoration. There is no denying the fact that Joseph's claim that he was called of God to be a prophet is audacious. He was bold in so declaring, but humble and modest in demeanor. I have come to love this great man and all he stood for through prayer and earnest study. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Steve
As a young adolescent raised in a Protestant family, my devout grandmother once asked me if I knew the reason for celebrating Easter. I brought a smile to her face when I responded with "Because Jesus was resurrected." Yet I did not know why the Savior's Atonement and Resurrection were important to me on a personal basis. Since becoming a member of the Mormon Church, I have learned the answer to that question as well. The New Testament teaches that the Atonement and the Resurrection occurred. The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ teaches why they occurred. We all commit sins during our lives. Without the Atonement of Christ we would be unable to free ourselves from the taint of sin, and would thus be unable to return to the presence of God after we die. As a result of the Savior's resurrection, our mortal body is raised to a glorious, immortal state (Alma 11:45). Otherwise we would remain shut out from the presence of God forever and remain in misery, subject to the devil (2 Nephi 9:8-16). Our Father in Heaven has prepared the means for all mankind to escape the effects of death and hell through the Atonement and Resurrection of his Only Begotten Son in the Flesh - our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less