One of the many words that describe Steven is "SPECIAL". From the first day I met him he was SPECIAL and quite unique for a young man. He was always smiling, loving, caring, a listener, and interested in what I had to say. We kind of adopted each other almost from the first minute we met. I said that I would have loved to have had him as my grandson and he said that he would adopt me as his Scottish grandma, how unique and unusual is that in a young man. It was obvious that he came from a loving family and his love for his wife Kristen shone brightly from his eyes. He never missed greeting me each time I saw him with a hug to show that he cared, again quite unusual, but that was Steven. He loved Scotland - cold as it was, especially Edinburgh. He loved the people, our culture and all it had to offer in the four seasons he was here. He was never critical of anything. He was very popular with the young people in our ward and mixed well. I loved him when he was here and love him still and have the very best of memories of him and his lovely wife - our Kristen. Boy did they love each other, it was very obvious in their actions to each other.
Banana (or mango, apple, orange, etc.) - One day, there were a few of us sitting around before class and Steven told us about this game where you "glue" your upper lip to your teeth and try to say the names of fruits. Each fruit represents a person so you pass the game along ("banana to mango"). Needless to say, I spent the next 10 minutes of class time silently trying to do this with as many fruits as I could think of and in the process, made a fool of myself I'm sure in front of classmates and our professor.
- Tal Sack
After hours and hours of contemplation, a little fasting, sleep and daydreaming the only logical single word description i think even comes remotely close to describing steve is:
I know, I know....at first blush it sounds a little too calm to describe Steve accurately. but the reason I chose this word is because steve is the Man!!! He's got it all! He's got the looks, he's got the voice, the charm, the biceps, the poise and even the lady! He's the type of guy that doesn't openly advertise his awesomeness, but those that take the time to get to know him become better from having known him. He's an example of how men should be. He's a loyal friend, and he makes those around him feel special. Plus, he's a crazy party animal, and he can make you laugh like nobody's business. and those are a few of the millions of reasons I chose the word Steve-o-licious. I love ya bro!
- Jared Perkins
If I had to choose only *one* word to describe Steve, I would choose “open”.
Steve is open to new ideas. He listens, he reads (a lot!!), and he thinks. I’ve seen him reconsider his opinion after receiving additional information on a topic, which I think is a wonderful ability. It gives him power to constantly reevaluate himself, and strive for being the best he can be.
Steve is open to new experiences (I would even say he seeks them out!). As attested by your constant world-traveling, Steve is excited to be in new places (or places that were once new, and have become cherished) and to experience the differences in culture and perspective there. I believe he enjoys being shaped by these experiences, and comes away a better person afterward. Even if the experience doesn’t appear to be all that awesome (like hiking 10 minutes up Penny Hill for a minute-and-a-half ride down) he is still open to trying it.
Steve is open to people. He shares his sense of humor, his experiences, his time. As I write this, I try to imagine Steve in a “clique” . . . and I can’t force those ideas together. I feel that Steve is all about including people, and drawing them in to what is happening. While you two were dating, it took almost no time at all for Steve to win my love and trust.
It’s very hard to choose only one word to describe Steve (as there are a lot of good words to choose from). But since the assignment said only one, I have to go with “open”.
- Cullen Irvine
Okay Steve in one word..SOURISH ;-)
This with a story that goes something like this...
A funny memory I have of my cousin is from when he visited us in Sweden. After a day full of experiences we finally sat down on the couch at my house. We turned on the computer and Steve phoned Kristen via skype for a while. In front of Steve, I put down a big bowl of mixed candy. At that time we were very tired and it was quite late, I could tell you.
After a while Kristen and I talked, but at the same time I can see in the corner of my eyes that Steve has started to eat the candy. He eats with a smile, but right as he is, I see how his face changes. Steve starts to make weird faces! I can´t stop laughing at him because I start to realize what kind of candy he has put into his mouth. It is a small pink candy that is super-sour!..in the beginning ;-)
After a while Steve starts to think that the candy is okay but before he can say this, he loses his face again! The sour candy alters the taste to sweet after a while, but inside this little pink candy awaits another surprise: a super-salty surprise! Steve is not prepared for this and doesn't like it at all!!! He does not know whether he'll spit it out. or what to do! On the other couch I sit and I have such a stomach ache from laughing!
This is a happy memory and every time I'm in the supermarket and see those little pink candies, I think of you, Steve! Happy Birthday, I Love u cuz!
- Filippa Fröling
The word I would use to describe Steve is "Unpredictable". From high school through college he surprised me in many of the decisions that he made. These ranged from going off to Taiwan to teach English, to the intensity in which he plays games (especially Nertz). One specific time that I remember was when Steve and I went on a double date out to Jordan Commons. On the ride out there he told a story about how when he was a kid he would get sent to his room. In his room he had some rope and he concocted an idea that if part of the rope was in the room and he was touching the rope, he was still in the room. So he went around the house holding the rope in which the other end of the rope was in his room. Everyone in the car burst out laughing.
- Kyle Turner