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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon. I believe in Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm from Wisconsin, USA. I've been married for 12 years to my best friend and have four awesome kids. I have a minivan and a mortgage, I am living the good life . I travel around the world for my job helping to provide financial services to the poor.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though many members of my family are Mormon, I don't go to church just because I "grew up that way". The scriptures teach us to seek after God. I can honestly say I have done that in my life and know He is real. I believe that what my church proclaims is true. I believe this not only because it has been part of my heritage but because I have sought after the answers to the "tough questions". I've prayed to God to know if our doctrines are true. I've received my answer from God and so can you!

How I live my faith

I do my best to have a personal relationship with God. I talk with Him, just like I would with a good friend, on a daily basis through prayer. An important part of this process is asking for forgiveness for my mistakes. I take time to teach my kids what my spiritual beliefs are. I never want them to "guess" what I believe, I am open with them. I volunteer as the leader of my local congregation, I am a bishop. I have overall responsibility for ministering the temporal and spiritual affairs of the congregation. I also spend a great deal of time with the youth ages 12-18 and help them to to establish their own relationships with God and live lives of integrity and truth. Most of all I do my best to be "Christ-like" and help and serve others regardless of who they are.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

We believe everything we have been given comes from God. To show Him our gratitude we choose to pay 10% of our income so that these funds may further His work. It also helps us to stay humble. For example, with the money I pay in tithing in each year I could buy cool new gadgets if I wanted to but it makes me feel good that my donations keep on "giving". Gadgets break or lose their novelty quickly. Rather than focusing on materials things, paying tithing helps me to focus on my blessings and God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

We believe we have amazing truths to share. Truths that will bring you closer to God. Truths that you can't find anywhere else. We believe there are people seeking after these truths but they just don't know where to find them. I was a missionary in Mexico and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

It is like being around one big family! You will see young and old greeting each other with lots of smiles. There are different meetings geared toward different age groups. If you have young children like I do, don't be too worried about them distracting people during the services. People are laid back and understanding that little ones have a hard time paying attention. One older member of my congregation comes and takes our kids sometimes and asks them to sit with her so my wife and I can pay attention better to the services. People just want to help you, not judge you. Come as you are and enjoy being around some of the happiest people in the world. Anyone can attend our services. In fact, we love to see new faces! Show more Show less

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

I can't imagine a "heaven" without my family. Without them it wouldn't be a "heaven". I believe, as our church teaches, that families can be forever. This is one of the greatest blessing I have in my life. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

I live in Wisconsin, the state in the United States that drinks alcohol the most (it ranks #1 every year it seems!). I get this question all the time. We believe our bodies are gifts from God. We should take care of them and lived balanced, healthy lives. Alcohol impairs your judgment and can cause you to make decisions you might regret. In some ways, your ability to choose is taken away from you. This is exactly what Satan wants. Some might say that "only one drink won't hurt" but we steer clear of the temptation all together. The one thing I have learned growing up in Wisconsin is that you don't have to drink to have fun or be accepted by your friends. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

We try to live honest, industrious and gospel centered lives. We try to better our communities and be "good neighbors". We hope that we are "different" and stand out in a crowd as someone who is happy because of our beliefs. That being said though, we are like any other family that struggles to pay the bills, raise good kids and save a bit of money for a rainy day. Show more Show less