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Hi I'm Luke

I am Australian. I'm a college music professor and a professional writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to the United States from Australia almost twenty years ago, and now I teach music at a large university, sing in a local choir, and listen to classical music on the radio while driving--I can't get enough of it! I am married to a wonderful, talented woman, and we have two gorgeous little daughters, and two crazy dogs. I play tennis whenever I can, and enjoy writing, for both work and pleasure.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned over the years that being faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ brings more happiness and true joy into my life than anything else. Membership in the LDS Church has taught me to love God and my neighbor, to serve others, to rely on Christ's atonement for strength and comfort, and it has been the anchor that keeps me centered on Christ in a turbulent and precarious world.

How I live my faith

I believe that good music can lift the soul, inspire the mind, and bring us closer to God. I spend time virtually every day, in my work and during "down time," exploring the potential of sacred and beautiful music as an edifying influence. In my church, I have a weekly responsibility to perform and promote music that helps others come to Christ. But most of the time I just try to do what I know is right.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Luke
It might be surprising, but the Mormon lifestyle is very much like that of many others. We work, we play, we read, cook, do the gardening, take out the trash, fix the car, go on picnics, mop floors, take the kids to school, do laundry. But while doing all these regular, run-of-the-mill things, we try to dress modestly, use clean language, go to church often, pray, read the scriptures, avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances, and generally live our lives in a way that helps us feel closer to God. And knowing the purpose of our lives--to try and be the best, Christ-like kind of person we can be--helps make all the other parts of everyday living seem easier. It's a cheerful lifestyle, challenging, and rewarding. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Luke
A testimony is an expression of personal faith and belief that we share with each other and with anyone else willing to listen. Typically, a Mormon's testimony includes the belief that God lives and loves us, that Jesus is the Christ and our Redeemer, and that the Book of Mormon is true scripture. To this might be added other aspects of Christ's gospel and Church teachings that have had a particular impact on that person's life, or about which they feel especially strongly. I've discovered that having a testimony of Christ and His gospel, and sharing it, is one of the most faith-building things I can do. Show more Show less