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Hi I'm Stef

I am an entrepreneurial modern day thatcher, hockey enthusiast, and happily married to a lovely lass named Caitlin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hockey runs somewhat through our veins around here, above the 49th parallel. It is in part the reason why on the Canadian five dollar bill is written a quote from Roch Carrier's short story The Hockey Sweater: The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places- the school, the church and the skating rink-but our real life was on the skating rink. Growing up lived near the Ottawa river and had a section of ice to shovel and play hockey. Sometimes more shoveling than hockey. We were also clever enough hook up to several flood lights so we could play late into the night. None of us ever made it pro but we sure enjoyed what Canadian winters had to offer. In the summer, I loved playing street hockey even with the pauses that passing cars would incur. When no one else was able to play, I would go and play alone, stick handling and shooting on the open net. Fortunately at church, we were able to play a great deal of hockey as well. So our real lives were at church as well. Now I cheer on the home team Senators, which may at times be a sisyphean task. I have since learned to branch out and embrace a panoply of other interests and hobbies: identifying trees, learning languages, playing all sports, singing and playing the piano. Though I still can't tell apart the different varieties of willows nor spruce.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were the one's who joined the church in their teens. I grew up in the church and enjoyed my experience in the children's program of Primary. I always felt that what was taught was true. The truths I learned as a young child that God was our Heavenly Father and that we lived with Him before living here on Earth rang true. At home, I was taught that I was a child of God and that He had a plan for me. I remember a specific lesson about the promise found at the end of the Book of Mormon stating the whosoever wanted to know if it was true had to ask God with a sincere heart, with real intent and with faith would receive an answer from the Holy Ghost saying it was true. I decided that I should do that. If it was true, I deserve one of these special answers as well. So I tested the promise. After praying for several days, I did not feel as sudden response to the prayer telling me that the Book of Mormon was true. Later in the week, during the church service, I felt a calm reassuring feeling that I had felt many times before. I recognized that it was the Spirit testifying of truth. I had felt it many times before and for that reason had known even as a child that what I was learning were truths from Heaven. The Book of Mormon was indeed true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church of God on the earth to help us return to live with Him. I continue to feel the same reassurance and witness of the truths as I study the scriptures and try to live my life in accordance to the teachings of Christ .

How I live my faith

I help out with the 12-13 year old's at church. I help them understand what God expects of them and how they can help others, whether it be through example or service. The last half hour of church on Sunday is the time I have to instruct and teach them. Otherwise it is through the activities we hold each Wednesday night for an hour and half. Also, I am an assistant scout leader which allows me to play with knives and fire. I mean, more like help the scouts achieve their Chief Scout award and enjoy themselves. I also help them "man up" as I like to call it. Like when setting up a tent in the rain, you have to "man up" and do it. Your mom's aren't here to help you out. I really am glad for the chance to help out those young men as I love to be active and love the outdoors so it is not a big sacrifice for me to go camping for a few weekends with them during the year, even if one of them is in the winter. I get a chance to fish, identify trees, share some interesting meals, throw mud from the river bed at each other, canoe, hike, and most importantly do some "manning up".