Hi I'm Steve
I'm a systems administrator by day, and a university student by night. I love working with people and am pursuing a degree in behavioral sciences so that I can become a licensed counselor for adolescents. I enjoy spending my free time in giving back to the community. I do one-on-one mentoring for a teenager through a national organization that matches adults with at-risk youth. In addition to attending and serving in the LDS church, I help out at a local church of another faith with their youth group. I feel strongly the need to serve our neighbors, both in the church and in the community -- people who are in our same vicinity, and I have seen the blessings that come from clothing the naked and feeding the hungry both for the givers and the receivers.
I've grown up as a Mormon all my life, but I didn't really grasp the importance of the faith until I was a teenager and started both reading the Book of Mormon for myself, and started living the principles of the restored gospel the best that I could. It was as I tried the word of God that I came to realize that His promises are sure and true. I'd like to say that I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon not only because I have prayed about it, but because as I live the commandments that are written in it, my life has been blessed abundantly both temporally and spiritually. I've seen many times in my own life that as I try to act as Jesus would, that I find peace for myself and happiness in helping others.
One motto that I try to live by in my life is, "act on every positive impulse." I believe that God desires to bless all his children, but that it is through our own actions that we become his stewards. When I ask God to bless me with opportunities to serve others, he answers those prayers clearly, quickly, and in ways I never would have imagined. I remember that one morning I said a prayer asking for both opportunities the serve and the ability to recognize them. Later on during the day I was at the grocery store, doing my shopping. As I was walking down an aisle, I saw a mother with her son standing by a tall shelf that towered them both. The boy whispered something to his mom and pointed at me. I passed by, with no idea of what was on their mind, but I noticed that their gaze was following me. I didn't think much of it until it occurred to me that they might need some help with something, so I turned around and walked back towards their direction. The son asked if he could hand me something from the shelf above us both, and I grabbed it for them. They thanked me, we smiled at each other and went our separate ways. It wasn't until later in the day that I realized that the Lord had answered my prayer in a small and simple way. The Holy Ghost is the influence behind positive impulses that I feel, scriptures that come to memory, and personal warning and direction given usually through very small course corrections. I have found in my life that it is not so much about being in holy places to receive inspiration and instruction, but going in the right direction that helps me to be able to hear.
Living a faith is a really difficult thing, because it interweaves morality with personal decisions. God's will influences both my attitude and my actions in life. It helps me to know that as I try to do the right thing, God is pleased with my attempts and blesses me as I try to move forward. At the same time, the revealed doctrines of the Church allow me to understand that we have both chosen and been sent to come to earth to experience life in all its mortal realm of influence. I love talking to God, just me sincerely telling him about my life. I know that he cares strongly for me and is deeply concerned about my spiritual progress, on a personal level. I know that he is not just the god of religion, but the god of the universe, and with that I can go to him about all kinds of problems, from emotional and spiritual to the practical as well. I know that he hears me and answers me in his own ways. I know he's there, and he is watching out for us. I believe that the best way I can be a benefit to others is by living righteously.