Hi I'm Deon Davis
I am of Australian Aboriginal descent and my tribes are the Kalkadoon & Waanyi people and I'm a Mormon.
I was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, a mining town in the middle of Australia, been a member since I was 4 years old when the missionairies baptised my parents, I come from a family of 8 brothers & two sisters, I had to endure a lot of discrimination due to the colour of my skin and also my religion at school and at work, I focused a lot on sport growing up, swimming, rugby union, rugby league, softball & basketball, but pretty much played anything and everything. I served a mormon mission in the Auckland New Zealand mission between May 1988-1990. I have been marrried for 18 years, with 5 beautiful daughters, I currently am completing a Masters in Public Health, I have worked in the Justice system working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander inmates, Justice advisory community work, Juvenile Justice convenor, Child Protection worker, I developed Victoria's first Disabil;ity Aboriginal resource guide, I am a White Ribbon Ambassador, I am the Chairperson of a Regional Family Violence action group, I currently work in Aboriginal Health with a mainstream health service in Melbourne.
Why I am a Mormon
Being a member of the Church is a physical, emotional and spiritual journey, Being in the church since I was 4 years old has been very rewarding, I had to question for myself why I was going to church, attending activities, waking up early for seminary as a young man. The strength and education came from my family in keeping me on that path. The misisonairies of this great Church, inspired and influenced a lot of my reasons for remaining active in the church. they were seen as brothers and sisters to us growing up, It wasn't until I went on my mission in New Zealand that I needed to find out for myself is this church is true, I did find that answer when I arrived in New Zealand. I am indebted to three men who at the time were missionairies serving in Mount Isa, their influence and example motivated myself to serve a mormon mission. Throughout my life I have been grateful for many great men and women who have inspired me with there stories and journeys in the church. For me the Church has made me a better person, I honour the relationship I have with my wife and daughter's, the respect shown to people around me irrespective of their nationality, skin colour or disability. The purpose I have in my life is not just for this earth but all eternity. The church doctrine symbolise order and happiness, I believe everyone should understand and appreciate this doctrine as it has given me strength many times in my life when I need to make decisions. I lost a brother to SIDS and I have a wonderful opportunity to be with him again becasue of these teachings.
How I live my faith
Over the years I have fulfilled leadership callings, working with the young men, supporting families, visiting and giving advise to people. In my community involvement it is an extension to what I already do in my church committments, I am very passionate about supporting my people's needs, the values I hold dear due to the examples from my parent's are the same values I adhere to in the work I do for my community. The Ward my family and I are in is like an extended family group to my family, we support each other through the good and emotional rollercoasters that occur in people's lives. My life has been one of service a quality that I gained from my Mum & Dad.