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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ since 2002, after I followed a prompting of the Holy Spirit to pack my things and head west, to a city I had always dreamed of living in while growing up. I can relate to the early pioneers in that way. I didn't know I was following anything more than my heart at the time, but in truth, Heavenly Father always knows what's in our hearts, and will allow us to follow those impressions, and in turn He will bless us for following them. I ended up meeting my wife in that city, and being sealed in the Temple to her for time & all eternity there. The journey west helped me realize two other important things as well: 1. I love the outdoors so much because I see the glory of His hand in all its wondrous beauty. 2. I know no better way to express to Him or to others the gratitude I have for this appreciation than to allow his Spirit to come through me in my love for photography.

Why I am a Mormon

His church is the same in every city on earth. The leadership is still giving freely of their time and talents to help the Lord's work along, wherever they may live. The same standards are being followed, the same curriculum studied, schedules permitting, throughout the world. Wherever I end up I am still part of this global family - His family. I had many experiences which contributed to my choice to be baptized, but this one stands out to me as the most memorable. While attending a church meeting, I literally felt the Holy Ghost enter into my body & fill my heart with such light & heat that I felt I almost couldn't bear it. I was left filled with such a feeling of peace & enlightenment that my spirit literally vibrated with joy & gratitude, & my eyes filled with tears for the rest of the meetings following, and even later that evening. I had been praying for an answer regarding which church to join, much like Joseph Smith did so many years ago, and while I didn't see God the Father & His Son that day, I with absolute certainty was assured by that great Testator, the Holy Ghost, that God lives, and that He loves us all as individuals and wants us to come to Him through His Holy Son, Jesus Christ, to return to be with Him again. Now that I was given that knowledge I could no longer deny it. I had to take action.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day in word and in deed. I pray to my Heavenly Father expressing my gratitude to Him for all the many things I'm blessed with: faith, family, forgiveness, perspective, intelligence, and love to name just a few. I do my best to study the Scriptures every day to learn of Him & keep Him close to my heart. When I'm not directly studying His words I try and fill my life with things that remind me of Him: music, films, books, etc. I am blessed with many opportunities to teach through my callings as well as through the Home Teaching program. I have served in three separate leadership presidencies in the past since joining the church, as well as Gospel Doctrine class teacher throughout most of 2006. Currently my wife & I are blessed to be a part of a successful Food Storage & Emergency Preparation plan where our congregation had very little formal organization in the past. We basically had to develop a plan for our congregation from scratch which has now been accepted & implemented by other groups throughout our region.The Lord is responsible for this work coming about. We just feel fortunate to be able to be here & take part in helping Him bring it to pass with other members of our church family.

Are Mormons Christians?

Steve
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ suffered in Gethsemane and on the Cross to save us from our sins, so that we may return to be with Christ and our Heavenly Father again someday. If that's not Christian, I don't know what is. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Steve
No Mormons are required to serve a mission. Those who do so do it out of their love & devotion to their Heavenly Father. They do so solely because they choose to. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Steve
Most Mormon men wear a suit and tie when attending church. I wear a white shirt & a colorful tie but opt not to wear a suit most of the time as I am more comfortable when not wearing a jacket indoors. Most Mormon women wear dresses or modest blouses and skirts when attending church. The women I know say they do so out of respect & love for their Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. Most Mormons I know celebrate Christmas & Easter as the biggest holidays every year. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Steve
Since joining the church I have had the unfortunate circumstance of attending the funerals of both of my maternal grandparents. At my grandfather's wake was displayed a photograph of both of my grandparents engaged in an embrace at one of their favorite places to visit. It was a sacred and holy place on earth to them, a place they both knew they could be together, in that moment, forever. I remember being overcome with the Holy Spirit that day, acknowledging to me that they have that desire, to be together forever, and that they needed my help in order for that to come about. They need to be sealed in a Holy Temple consecrated for just that purpose. No other church on the earth can bring them that joy, even after they have passed on. Only this church recognizes that Eternal Love that Heavenly Father has for us in such a way as to allow the opportunity for those that have come before to still have the chance to exercise that gift of agency for themselves through others. My grandparents will be together again for eternity so long as they choose it to be so. That same choice is available to all families on earth, past, present and future. Show more Show less