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Hi I'm Stephen

Hi, I'm Stephen. I run a motorcycle distribution business, do Kyokushin Karate, read high adventure books, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were born in Czechoslovakia (the Slovak Republic, today). During WW2, my Christian father was in the Hungarian Air Force, fighting on the Eastern Front. He was eventually captured as a prisoner-of-war in Odessa. My Jewish Zionist mother escaped the Nazi concentration camps by hiding with her family in Budapest. They met after the war and escaped Communism as refugees in Austria, until emigrating to Canada, where my brother and I were born. Hungarian was our first language. As a seamstress, I remember my mother making our clothes until we entered elementary school. I have voyaged extensively in my youth, backpacked in Europe, safaried in Kenya, mountain climbed and caved in the U.S., and learned to race cars. Horse back riding was an absolute passion. Before joining the Church, I volunteered in soup kitchens and on graveyard shifts manning a telephone listening service for those in distress. I graduated with an MBA in my mid-forties.

Why I am a Mormon

In my twenties, I had an unquenchable desire to find the answers to three small questions, "Who am I?" "What is the purpose of life?" and "What happens after death?" While travelling in Israel, I stayed at a kibbutz (an agricultural commune) where I worked and studied Hebrew. There was a Latter-day Saint, a Canadian, who had just completed his mission in France and came to Israel for the same purpose. For the next six months we roomed together and had many wonderful discussions. Before leaving Israel, he challenged me to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, by taking Moroni's challenge (Moroni 10:3-5) and praying to know if the book was true. I cloistered myself in a hospice by the Sea of Galilee, read the book day and night, finally praying and receiving a clear answer that the Book of Mormon was indeed the word of God, just as I knew instinctively that the Bible was the word of God. Interestingly enough, after returning to Canada, and immediately following my baptism into the Church, that insatiable desire to find life's greatest truths completely evaporated, for I had now discovered for myself that God lives and does answer the most humblest of prayers. I came to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, just like Abraham and Moses. This Church is lead today by a modern-day prophet and at its head is Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind.

How I live my faith

After 30 years, I have received many rewarding callings and leadership positions in the Church. As a leader in the Church this most definitely means being a servant to all. One of my favorite scriptures is "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17) I love doing family history work and have traced my ancestors in the Slovak Republic back six generations to 1798. I enjoy weekly trips to the Temple, especially to seal family members for eternity. My wife and I serve as Group Leaders for the Church's 12-Step Addiction Recovery Program to assist those addicted to overcome habits and to support family members. I strive to be an example of Jesus Christ in all my words, thoughts and deeds every day. And when trials arise, I take life one day at a time, and take heart knowing what the Savior has declared, "In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; for I have overcome the world."