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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a professional engineer with a PhD in ecological design. I run my own consultancy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I'm self-employed as a professional engineer and designer, but have worked in a range of academic and professional jobs all over Canada, in the US and in Scotland. My life and pursuit of education and a career have taken all over the world, but when my wife was pregnant with our first child, we decided to move back home to Canada. We have two children and enjoy spending time together as a family gardening, canning and cooking on our little one-acre homestead. Keeping the books balanced in the current economy is difficult, so we enjoy making things from scratch and being as self-sufficient as possible. I enjoy working on old machinery and constant renovation project that is our house.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving and faithful LDS home and was taught the gospel from a young age and was encouraged to live its principles. At various times I have had the opportunity to question my beliefs within the context of other belief systems and traditions. I have come to have a deep respect for other faiths and those who choose to live an honest secular or humanist lifestyle. However, I have developed my own testimony or reason for believing through years of small, simple spiritual experiences. Serving others and helping them to understand and live the teachings of Jesus Christ has always given me peace and joy. This has rarely been through preaching or bible thumping, but through example and practise. I know that without the teachings of Jesus Christ taught to me through the restored gospel, I would not be who I am today.

How I live my faith

I serve as the leader of our small congregation here. This makes for a lot of responsibilities outside my home and work. Our church is run entirely by volunteers and we are called by inspiration rather than qualification, so there is a steep learning curve. Serving in the church gives me the opportunity to put the words written in the Book of Mormon into practise - "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Steve
Simply put - No. I was given the opportunity to serve a mission at 19, but found myself in the middle of an engineering degree and unable to picture myself as a missionary. However a few years later, I had the strong impression that I needed to serve - and subsequently spent two years as a full-time missionary. My missionary service was trying, but ultimately laid the foundation of adult life. I cannot imagine my life without that time. Show more Show less