Hi I'm John
I am a father of two children and have been married since 2000. I have played rugby since I was 12 years old and continue to play with my aged hamstrings in shreds! I'm a Sales Manager for a vehicle hire company and my job is to motivate, inspire and lead a group of commercial managers in the North of England. I love where I live with my working class routes I'm proud to be a Geordie (people from the North East of England). I am a big fan of Paul Weller, an English singer / songwriter and have seen him live some 14 times!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon not because it is a crutch or a comfort. It is so much more than that to me. It is a way of life that I know pleases God. His teachings as found in the Bible and Book of Mormon provide valuable instructions and guidance to me and and my family. To know not only that God lives, but we are his children, whom He loves and He wants us to have a relationship with Him is an amazing yet a real aspect of my life. When you know something is true by finding out through your means I feel I am bound to follow something that is true - but the real beauty of this is that it gives unprecedented, real happiness. I know when life gets tough or hard times come along there is always, always answers and comfort found in the scriptures and through living prophets. I must admit that I didn't study a huge amount of faiths and various religious beliefs prior to making my own choice to become a Mormon. But I don't think this is completely necessary when you have truth revealed to you. Truth doesn't change, it is constant and once I realised that the doctrines of the church weren't made by men, but by God then there was no other way. Having the gospel in my life is an endless stream of peace, harmony, balance and truth. Of course life has it's challenges but by viewing these challenges as opportunities to grow I have strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ. He is, without doubt, the Son of God. He is our Saviour and Redeeemer. He loves us and desires for us to receive happiness and joy. Being a member of His church allows me to draw closer to him and partake of His teachings and apply them to my every day life. I know when I centre my faith on Him I cannot fall.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Every Monday evening we have what we call Family Home Evening. This allows us as a family to be free from other responsibilities and to ensure we are all together as a family. This has allowed us to talk openly to each other in a way that is constructive and uplifting. We also ensure we eat our meals together enabling us to converse and speak casually about our days and experiences. This has developed a great deal of harmony as we get to know each other much more and prioritise our family above anything else.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
Unfortunately we can look at history and see how the church that Christ established was difficult to recognise during the centuries. Because Jesus Christ set up a church with a specific structure, a specific authority and specific teachings I feel that this was most vital to restore. I know it has been restored! The Lord, in His own time, re-established his church today with that same structure, authority and teachings. The name of that church bears His name - It couldn't be any clearer. We have living apostles on the earth today because Jesus set up a church with living apostles. We have the priesthood authority on the earth today, again, because this is how it was originally set up. Through this authority his church was established through the prophet Joseph Smith. Whilst we respect him we worship our Father in Heaven. I know through the feelings of the Holy Ghost (which anyone can obtain) that Joseph was a prophet of God, he declared that he could not deny what he witnessed because he knew that God knew it. I also add my witness that God knows that I know Joseph to be a prophet of God and I cannot deny it. It is evident to me that God loves his people now just as He loved them anciently and we have a need for living prophets now. God has provided us with this and it is such a blessing to not only know but to have them teach us directly.
How I live my faith
My faith is one of action. I always look for ways to reach out to people whether they are of my faith or not. I think that always being alert and aware of other peoples needs and taking a genuine interest in them as individuals with no ulterior motives is key to living my faith. The greatest opportunity to live my faith is with my family in my home. I believe this is the most important of all responsibilities I have. I have also worked in the community locally and have played a part in arranging blood drives that use our local church buildings to carry out this vital service. I have engaged with the youth of my church in activities such as camping, teaching and sports. Often they are an inspiration to me of their own diligence and resolve in difficult times. Rather than simply being someone of faith and attend church every Sunday, I try and live the best life I can throughout the week, every week. I often find that in doing so I find answers to problems at work and other aspects of my life. I always attempt to reflect my faith in my employment by being honest in all my dealings and ensuring that people know what I stand for.