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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a PhD student with degrees in economics and Japanese. I teach at several colleges and universities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student with degrees in economics and Japanese. I also teach both subjects at several colleges and universities. When I'm not in school, I can usually be found reading, watching college football, scuba diving, or spending time with my family (currently just me and my wife). I was born in Michigan, but grew up in Utah. I spent time in Japan first as a missionary and later as an intern. Although I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend graduate school at Ohio State. Much to my father's dismay -- him being a alumnus of the University of Michigan -- I converted to the Buckeyes. I even dragged my dad to the 'Shoe one year to watch a spectacular beating of his alma mater. OH-IO! I am now in Hawaii on the last leg of my education. I came here to specialize in East Asian related research. I still cheer for the Buckeyes, but now I do it from the beach instead of the bleachers. Me and my wife were married one week before we made the move to the islands. We're loving life and trying to get as much out of it while we're here!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and my family has been members going back to the days when the church was established. I came into the church as a result of my family heritage. But that is not to say I didn't go through my own conversion. From school studies to fixing cars, I've never done well to merely learn something from a book. I don't truly trust anything until I've experimented with it and made it a part of me. Religion is no different. After I was baptized, I wanted to know for myself if the church was true. At 8 years old, but now an official member of the Church, I felt I had a duty to know for myself. When I asked my dad how I could know it was true, he simply told me I would have to figure it out on my own. So I went into my room and prayed, not knowing what to expect. Decades later, I have not forgotten how I felt. Though I cannot explain why, I simply knew it was true. As a teenager I began to experiment with it even more. I tested the teachings and always found myself in a better situation when I was following the gospel than when I was not. This grew into a testimony that I carry with me this day. I read the Book of Mormon, studied the Joseph Smith story, and spent a good deal of time praying, fasting, and pondering. I cannot articulate accurately why these things lead me to know the Church is true, but yet I know. Perhaps that is why it is so powerful. It is a personal conviction that I obtained for myself, by myself. The Lord has never let me down. Once, when struggling to find a job, I paid tithing on the income I needed to earn but did not yet have. I found a job within a week. My wife and I prayed hard to find a good place to live and had one fall in our laps. A prayer with my dad once resulted in an almost miraculous car repair. Yet these things are not why I believe. I know the church is true because of small and simple things. The air I breath, the world around me and the life I am blessed with is sufficient. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I served a mission for the Church in Japan. I have served in several leadership positions, generally taking responsibility for organizing service projects, conducting meetings, and teaching in church classes. Most recently I helped with the scouting organization, working with boys between the ages of 12 and 14. My wife and I read from the Book of Mormon daily. I also try to conduct my own personal study on a regular basis. We also try to keep an eye out for friends and associates who need help. There is much room for improvement in these areas, but I think we're on the right track.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Steve
No. That's the simple answer. But I certainly admire him and know that he was a true prophet. We look to him often because he was the instrument the Lord called to restore the gospel in these days. His teachings and examples, therefore, help us to better understand the gospel and how God intended it to be organized. He clarified many confused and conflicting doctrines. To assist with this, he translated the Book of Mormon. He was called to speak for God on the earth, just as the president of the Church does now. We do not worship the prophets. We look to them for teachings, directions, and a witness of Jesus Christ. Prophets, especially Joseph Smith, serve as beacons to point us toward our Savior and His Father. It is Jesus Christ and God the Father whom we worship. Show more Show less