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Hi I'm Dominic

I grew up in Cheshire, England, and used to be in a Family Business. I am a Mormon and have been a member for since 1999.

About Me

I am 71 years young and live in North Wales, UK. I have two sons, one 40+ and my youngest, 16, lives with me. My eldest lives in Australia and gave me my first Grandchild 7 years ago. I love the countryside and am fortunate to be able to walk the beautiful fields, hills and beaches often. We have good beaches locally and we enjoy picnics, games and just being lazy there. I love my family, reading and being active within the Church. I used to be in business until I became very ill some 24 years ago. During my longterm illness I became uneasy with the ways of my life and began to search for the truth of life. I was not religious before but it felt right to look at some of the worlds churches and faiths. After about 10 years of searching, during which I learned many things of the world of God, all new to me but which felt right, I found The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. After being taught The Gospel by the Missionaries I prayed to know whether this was The True Church and I received a strong affirmation. I was then baptised and confirmed a member and have never looked back nor had second thoughts. Many of the things I had learned from the Bible, and which I did not find elsewhere, I found within the Church. The Book of Mormon confirmed and added to my understanding. Being a member has changed my life, and myself, so much for the better and I love every day now. I am a living witness of the changes that being a member of His Restored Church brings.

Why I am a Mormon

Some time after my conversion I can remember pondering how my life had changed and what this meant to me. I was happy with what I was learning and the direction my life was going. As I mention above, my life has changed for the better and it now has purpose. I would not change what I have, nor who I am, for anything. Before, I sought pleasure in the things of this world, which I now recognise are temporary. Now I have eternal principles to live by and work for. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, in it's fulness, is a wonderful thing to have to guide me. That I can be confident that I am building an eternal family, with the sure knowledge that we will be together for all time, is the most wonderful gift and blessing. I testify that this is The Saviours restored Church and that it does bring the necessary ordinances to be saved back home to our birthright, the Celestial Kingdom where our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, live.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living the commandments and keeping the covenants I have made. I do my best to make my home God centred and try to keep my life in line with His teachings. As the Church is family centred it is easy to share as most people have strong family ties. Family History research is a large part of my life and I love taking the name of relatives and ancestors to a Temple, where I am able to do their Ordinance work. In this way I am building and eternal family, a forever family. I love the other members in this area and enjoy their friendships and how we watching over and care for each other. I enjoy my calling as the Branch Priesthood Leader, Branch meaning we are a small congregation. I love Home Teaching and the families I am responsible for. I am now the member of a wider family, within our Branch and within the Church. We meet often, both at chapel and in our homes, as any good family does. Being a church member has brought purpose and direction to my life.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Dominic
The most wonderful women on this earth. They are so busy helping others and doing good constantly. They are an inspiration to all around them, particularly their husband, children and siblings. We believe that God made us equal and that we each have different roles in families and in life. I love my sisters and joy in their presence. At this moment I seek a wife from within the church. I would have it no other way, with all due respect for the good women of this world. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dominic
By prayer and faith in Jesus Christ you will be given a witness of it's truth through the Holy Ghost. This comes in different ways to each of us, but, if you have an open heart, you will know. I knew from the moment the Missionaries asked me to pray over what they had taught me. I did not know completely at first but the truth was strong within me, enough to encourage me to progressed over time, to the point where there are no doubts in my mind, or heart. The good feeling within me was like a small seed that had been planted and needed watering and nourishing. This grew through daily prayer, scripture study, taking sacrament each week and just doing as Our Saviour asks us to do. Now the seed has grown into a sturdy tree that can survive anything. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Dominic
  Because God expects his people to live in a community as others do. That way we better understand and empathise with those about us and can help when asked to do so. This has been the same through Bible and Book of Mormon history, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Nephi and all peoples of God. Also, because we are not paid for our services to Him, there is no vying for position within the church. This ensures there are no contentions about suitability to serve because we know each is called through prayer and proper pondering. We sustain each person to the calling they have at any one time. Thus, pride and the seeking of power has no effect in this Church. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Dominic
It is a book of scripture, translated by the power of God, through His chosen prophet, Joseph Smith. The translation came from a set of Gold Plates, hidden up and brought to Joseph Smith, by the angel Moroni. Because of this I can testify to you that it is the truest book upon this earth today, because it is undefiled by men in its translation. By reading and studying The Book of Mormon we more easily understand what God requires of us, His children, to prepare us for our continuing life after this mortal life. It may have been written a long time ago but it was written and recorded for us today, God knowing all that would come to us in these latter days. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Dominic
That, to follow Jesus Christ and do all that He did, we need to be baptised by full immersion. This is the beginning of our journey along the path He trod out, the only path that leads to our birthright, to our home with our Father in His Heaven. Of this I am a living witness and know of this truth. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Dominic
Contact The Church and talk with the Missionaries or a member of your local Ward or Branch and they will help you to understand and be baptised. Ask any questions you may have. With an open heart pray to know the truth of what you are taught and the Holy Ghost will bring you to know of the truth of what you are being told. This is only the beginning of a wonderful journey of learning and discovery, of this I am a witness. It does lead to a peace and joy not known in this world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Dominic
The Bible tells us that we are made in His image and, if that is true, then He, too, is a separate being as are we. To be otherwise makes no sense. We believe that He is made of flesh and bone, as we are, His spirit children. Again, to be otherwise, makes no sense. A cow is born of a cow; a bird of a bird; a fish of a fish. The evidence is there for those that have open hearts and believe and have faith. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Dominic
Being a member brings the most wonderful feelings and experiences to us. This is a living church, where we are constantly learning of Jesus Christ and of what He requires of us to return again unto Him. It is a busy church at times as the church 'is us'. We are a family and like all good families we enjoy each other and look after each other. The church is family centred. The church is centred around our Temples because in Temples we build our eternal families. I now have a peace and a joy I never knew existed, and this could only come by a Divine Hand, there is no other way. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dominic
No, although The Lord does expect us to do so if we can. As we come to love Our Saviour most want to serve a mission, to share with others the joy of the gospel that we have. It becomes a natural thing to do. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Dominic
Yes, is the simple answer. Without a doubt. In The Bible The Lord tells us, after His Crucifixion and Resurrection, that He goes to teach others of the Lost Tribes of Israel, thus it is reasonable to accept that He visited the American continent. As we study The Book of Mormon, and see the different styles each section of this book is written, then the truth of this book becomes apparent. No one man could have written such a book in 90 days of translation. As we read 3 Nephi, and of The Lord's visit to the survivors of the catastrophe that followed His Crucifixion, The Holy Ghost witnesses to us of the truth of this. I love 3 Nephi because of this. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Dominic
The Temple is the place where Our Lord, Jesus Christ, can visit, because it is sacred, a clean and a quiet place, of prayer and contemplation. As we take care of our body and keep it free from harm and harmful substances; as we make and keep it a sacred place, a clean and a quiet place; as we treat our body with respect, as a living image of our Heavenly Father, then it becomes a place that His Holy Ghost can visit. Thus we make our body a Temple, a sacred and holy place, that we may become as He and His Beloved Son are. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Dominic
Us, His children, that we are all made the same, not withstanding that some are born with disabilities. Randomness would bring all sorts of horrors. This world we live in and all the beauty of nature, a result of His hand and creation. The beautiful and changing palette we see each day. The beauty of all nature and all its diversity and sameness. The beauty of the stars and how all planets and suns turn on a given and set orbit, showing to me the order that God has. Even without religion I believed in a Supreme Being, because without such this life has no sense. I always believed in a life after death, for the very same reason. In our hearts, if we are honest, we all believe in a God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Dominic
The priesthood is the power and authority of God, our very Heavenly Father, to act in His name. Thus, the priesthood helps us learn of Him through being like him. It also allows us to do good as He did good. It helps to understand His Atoning Sacrifice for us and for all who live, have lived and will live on this earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Dominic
We believe that, through faith in Jesus Christ and by enduring to the end, we will return to a place called Paradise, their to await His Second Coming. We believe that there are three Kingdoms of God, the highest being The Celestial Kingdom, where those that have faith in Our Saviour will return, to live with Our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dominic
Yes, most definitely. I love The Bible and study and refer to it often. In Scripture Class we are studying The Bible at this moment, 2010. I love The Bible, as I love all scripture. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Dominic
No. God leaves us to use the agency He gave us. He made us all different, to make different and separate choices. It would not be in the nature of God to tell us what to do, except that which is good for us. Even then we are left to choose. The President, or other leaders, of The Church may give an opinion on a subject, but we are left to choose and act according to our consciences. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Dominic
As a young boy of 14 years Joseph Smith was troubled about things he read in The Bible and the different teaching of the different churches in his area. As he read James 1:5 he knew he needed to ask God because of the confusion around him. He walk across a field of the family farm, into a grove of trees, to pray to know which if the churches was true. He received an answer he never expected - and that is what we know as The First Vision, the first restoring of the truths of God to this world in it's final days, before the second Coming of Our Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Dominic
The Book of Mormon compliments the Bible, as another witness of Jesus Christ. It is different in that it was translated into English (at first) by the power of God, through His prophet, Joseph Smith. It is based upon a people who lived on the American continent from 600 BC and 400 AC. The Gold Plates, from which the Book of Mormon is translated, were delivered from God via His angel Moroni, who hid the plates at 400 AC. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Dominic
Because it brings self-confidence and self-worth, to provide for ourselves and our families. Self-reliance brings to us responsibility for our lives. Scripture teaches us that, in these final days of this world, disaster and other problems will become worse. Being prepared for emergencies means we can live without worrying about such things and life is, then, easier. Look at the financial disaster of recent years, and of natural disasters that are afflicting the world. Show more Show less