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Hi I'm Steven Yu

I was born in China; I came to Canada when I was twenty years old with little money and education. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born 5 years after World II and left China with my parents for Hong Kong when China decided to enforce a closed door policy. My childhood memories were filled with experiences from a simple and mundane farm life in a small village in Canton to a prosperous city where a hard working father and mother were trying to feed a family of five in a strange land that was filled with many temptations. After immigrated to Canada at age 20 and not happy with my life, I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My life was changed for the better ever since. I graduated from a vocational high school starting from learning ABC, and later receiving a degree of Bachelor of Commerce from a major university. I had two children during the time I began my career with KPMG, and later switch to investment until I became the president of my own oil and gas company. I was called to serve as a High Councilman in the Toronto Ontario Stake and my current calling is as a Stake Seminary Supervisor, and a representative in the Public Affairs Council. Besides working with the youth and their teachers, I enjoy attending community events outside of our church and my past involvement with nonprofit service organizations have provided me with opportunities to meet various leaders in the community and in politics. For relaxation, I enjoy a game of table tennis. I like to set goals and achieve them and I am grateful for many blessings in family, church, work and business.

Why I am a Mormon

My first contact with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in Hong Kong at age 16 when I saw two missionaries showing my brother the picture of the Sacred Grove. Little did I know I would see the same picture again 5 years later in Canada right at the time when I was looking for a way to quit smoking and learn to speak and write English; or that 45 years later I would be with a group of church youth touring the Sacred Grove wearing a T shirt with a logo reading “Hill Cumorah Palmyra - 1823 - New York. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and through His atoning sacrifice, the door to eternal life is opened to all mankind. Jesus Christ is the son of God; he has a body of flesh and bone like you and me; he was glorified with a perfect body after his crucifixion and resurrection. I believe in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ. Also, I believe in a living prophet who calls men to repentance, and that through baptism men can receive the Holy Ghost who will manifest to them the truth of all things. I know that the church doctrine fortified the faith of LDS pioneers to endure all persecutions in the early years. I know that the church phenomenal growth in the world is the manifestation of the fulfillment of ancient and modern prophecies in that a marvelous work and a wonder is about to come forth and it has and will continue to fulfill.

How I live my faith

I loved the seminary program for it is God’s program to help our youth to know Jesus Christ, build a strong testimony, and make decisions to become the best they can be. When President Monson counseled the seminary program for anyone who is determined to better oneself, I realize that it could be a tool for both missionary and uniting a home. Father and mother, particularly those who are converts, can unite their family and change their children seminary status from non active to active enrollment by inviting the spirit to their home through examples of studying and memorizing one or portion of a scripture a day from the scripture mastery card having in mind with historical setting, doctrinal teaching, missionary and personal application, knowing that all seminary teaching materials are available in the church website. My gratifying experience is to witness seminary students in graduation, Missionary Training Center, or temple. Elder Ballard words of enhancing church image gave me extra meaning when I am involved in community services such National Prayer Breakfast, Rotary Club and etc.; and participating in fundraising events in Red Cross, United Way and political parties helps me to appreciate the meaning of feeding the hungry and needy. My most unforgettable and wonderful spiritual moment is when I first saw the picture of Sacred Grove, the love in my wife’s eye at our first date, and our sealing in the temple. My wife and I are celebrating our 35th anniversary.