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Hi I'm Steven Miles

I am a veteran. I am a father of four. I've been a husband for 39 years. I'm a cardiovascular radiographer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the LDS church in Salt Lake City and was baptised at 8 years of age. I grew up as a cowboy and planned on being a horse trainer. Then came the Vietnam war and before I knew it I was in the Army. While I was in the service I was trained as an X-ray Technologist. I also met and married my Sweetheart and we started a family. We got a chance to see the world traveling to Germany and other bases in the US. I am a husband of 36 years and father of 4 children. I have 9 and a half grandkids and love to spoil them when I get the chance. I work as a cardiovascular radiologic technologist in a heart catheterization lab in a local hospital, putting balloons and stents in arteries and grafts of people with heart disease. I enjoy helping people in this way and seeing the difference it makes in their lives. I enjoy movies, gardening and sharing time with my wife and children. I have run 2 marathons and climbed Mt. Rainier 4 times to keep in shape and feed my adventurous spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been a member of the Church all my life I haven't had the type of conversion that some people have had, but I think we all have our own conversion at some point in our lives. Mine came when I joined the Army and left home. I had never before been on my own. I was only 18 years old, just graduated from high school and I was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was hard; suddenly I was on my own, having to make all my own decisions. I no longer had my parents there for support and I found myself imursed in the Army lifestyle, which was less than inspiring compared to my upbringing. It made me realize that I had come to the point in my life where I needed to decide which path I was going to follow. It took me a long time with alot of soul searching and prayer. I had a testimony of the gospel, I just wasn't sure of myself. I wanted to know in my heart that my testimony was sure and solid. I'm not sure what I was looking for...something that would confirm to me that I was sure. After basic training I was sent to another base for Advanced training. I was advanced in rank and made a leader. I was doing well, but I didn't have any friends. I hadn't met any Church members in the Army and I hadn't been to Church since I joined the Army, mainly because I didn't have a car, but also I hadn't even tryed to get there. I didn't smoke or drink or chase women, which was the main past time of the other soldiers. So I was alone the Day my Uncle walked up to my bilet. I guess I just kind of dumped all my feelings on him. When I saw him I couldn't believe it. I think I even shed a tear or two. It was then I realized how important the Church, my testimony and my family were to me. I then knew I needed to get back into Church activity. I went to Church the next week and was eventually called to serve as a Young Single Adult Representative. It was serving in that calling that led me to my wonderful companion of 36 years and a life long persuit of truth.

How I live my faith

I've held a number of positions in my Church. Most notable were Scoutmaster and Bishop. I held both positions when my children were still at home. I think being able to work with my son as a Scoutmaster was gave me some precious moments for which I'll always be greatful. At the same time they were some of the most frustrating. My wife and I had to prod our son to finish his Eagle rank. He started out so exicted, like most youth working thru the merit badges with a fever, but as soon as he discovered girls, scouts took a back seat. He was so close to his Eagle, but we just couldn't get him to finish. His mom really gave him the final push. If it hadn't been for her he probably wouldn't have finished. Our Church is a big supporter of Boy Scouts of America because it instills in young men values and honor that will stay with them throughout their life. I remember my youth. Scout night ment playing basketball all night. We just didn't have leaders to direct us. I didn't want that for my son. I was happy to be able to see him and the other boys learn and grow in scouting. I didn't mind giving the time because I knew it would be well spent in the lives of those boys. And I also learned things along the way. As Bishop I was in charge of leading all the organizations in our congregation. It was a fulltime job. I had so many meeting I had an executive secretary just to keep me on track. I had interviews do to, meetings to conduct, people to see. It was all I could do not to lose track of my family during that time. It was during that time that I really learned to delegate. It was a volunteer postion, like most of those in the Church so I was only compensated with blessings. As I look back I realize those blessings have given me a family full of love, and more wonderful memories than I could imagine. We've also been blessed with wonderul sons and a daughter in law. And don't get me talking about the grandkids. I'm still serving in other capacities