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Hi I'm Tony

I'm a Mormon. I'm English but was baptised in Germany.

About Me

I have been married to Evey since 1975 and we have eight children (one deceased) and have twelve grandchildren - shortly expecting (not me!) thirteen and then fourteen early next year. I left Southampton College of Technology and enlisted into the British Army in 1970 as a construction engineer, but since leaving the Royal engineers in 1998 I have changed my career and have worked in IT as a Support Professional, Customer Services Manager then Director and as a Project Manager at our local university. I am now working as a Technical Project Manager for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and looking forward to retirement - to go on missions for the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed in God and Jesus Christ. I was confirmed as a member of the Church of England and sang in the choir. My mother died when I was 17 and from then I continued to explore religion. Perhaps I was found rather than me finding the full-time missionaries from the church? But everything they taught me rang true in my mind and heart and I was at total peace when I decided to be baptised in January 1973 in Germany. The restored teachings of Jesus Christ help me everyday. I have a strong belief in all that is taught. This has helped me immeasurably this year as our eldest daughter sadly passed away, aged 37. I know that the promises of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are sure and we all know that she has just gone on a bit before the rest of us. Even though our extreme sadness in these early days of our mourning and missing her are very evident, through our faith, we know we can all look forward to being together again as a family when our life's work here is also completed. That's why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

In my personal life I continually strive to live the gospel through my thoughts, words and actions by following the perfect example of Jesus Christ. This includes constantly striving to improve my daily habits of study and prayer as well as follow the latest inspired counsel from our leaders; prophets, apostles and bishops. We are all volunteers in the church and, as a lay member, through service and leadership of our local stake (diocese), I seek to be of help to everyone, both in and out of the church. In my current volunteer position (calling) this includes travelling to various units on a regular basis, including the Channel Islands. As a family, we love music and have taken part in choirs as well as small shows at church on a variety of themes. We also make a point of singing carols to our neighbours at Christmas time as well as bearing gifts of home made mince pies and other festive fayre. This has encouraged a community spirit as our neighbours now reciprocate in some form or other and really look forward to our visits and preparing small gifts for us in return. In 2015, my wife and I, together with our three daughters and a niece, volunteered to travel to Nauvoo, Illinois, USA to take part in the church's Nauvoo and British Pageants. Then in this year (2017) twelve more of our family took part in the British Pageant in Chorley, Lancashire to follow on in this tradition. This included our sons and daughters with some of our grandchildren. We have previously organised a day to celebrate St George's day (23rd April) and invited our neighbours and friends to a day of all things English, including poetry, literature and scones with clotted cream and jam - no tea though! We have also once held an Eisteddfod to similarly celebrate St David's day. We enjoy helping out in our community and I have previously worked as a Chairman of Governors and as Chairman of a PTA when our children were at school.