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Hi I'm June

I'm a Mormon. I grew up on Portsmouth and was introduced to the Church through my interest in the Osmonds when I was a teenager.

About Me

I am wife to my husband for over 34 years, Mum to one boy and two girls and also Grandmother to four beautiful girls. Having left school at 16 I decided to improve my education and have since qualified with a Degree from Bournemouth University, an NVQ Level 4 in Training and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Greenwich University as well as IT qualifications and an HNC. I love learning but have also always been interested in sport, playing tennis and badminton when I was at school. After meeting my husband I took more of an interest in swimming and became a swimming teacher about 15 years ago. I now teach both children and adults to swim and improve their strokes working for Virgin Active and the local councils. Since leaving school I have also worked for Revenue & Customs. Starting in a tax office in Portsmouth, I have gone from general office work to compliance writing and delivering training material for the public including eLearning and YouTube videos and am currently seconded to Civil Service Local (part of the Cabinet Office) organising service projects around employability. In my spare time I love playing and listening to music (all kinds, except Jazz) and going to Zumba classes, which has resulted in getting fitter. Playing the wii is also high on my list of fun things to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I became interested in the Church many years ago, whilst still at school when the Osmonds were talking about the Church. Searching for something that would match my beliefs about God and the Purpose of Life I was excited to find a Faith that did both those things and more. Having read the Book of Mormon and prayed about whether the Church was true I joined several years later and have never looked back. Since then I have seen many miracles happen, both in my life and the lives of others. The Church is exciting and true and what more could one want?

How I live my faith

Since being in the Church I have done many things from being a Secretary to a Youth Leader. This has given me the opportunity to develop, boost my confidence and work with other people. As well as playing the piano, the Church has encouraged me to continue to participate in sport and given me the opportunity to try new things such as crafts and acting. I find that every day whether at work or at play living my faith is part of what I do. I don't need to think about whether I will drink and drive or watch 'x' rated movies as there are so many other good things in life to do and people to help. When our children were young we ensured that they had the opportunity to organise areas of Family Home Evenings (the most popular was going out to choose the treats) and also had Family councils where the children had the chance to writeup the minutes of the meetings. This really helped our family to gain in confidence.

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

June
Many people are surprised when they meet a Church member to learn they have regular jobs, children who are encouraged to do well at school, play sport and love music. As well as all those sorts of day-to-day things we also have family time (Family Home Evening) once a week, bless the food at mealtimes and attend Church each Sunday singing hymns and listening to talks from members of the congregation who have been assignment to do so that week. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

June
Most Christian Churches believe in life after this one or eternal life. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we understand that we can live, with our family, forever. Why do we believe in it? Because I know the scriptures are true I also know that we will live after this life. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

June
I chose not to serve a mission Party because by the time I had started to save the money I was thinking of getting married, which I felt was the rich thing to do. Missionaries generally begin serving when there from 19 to 21 years old. Our son was called to the Manchester Mission and served for two years having saved the money himself through working as a Lifeguard and Swimming teacher. It would not have been his choice of place to serve but he knew it was where the Lord wanted him to go. My husband and I look forward to the time when we can serve as a missionary couple. We could be asked to work is a specific area, like family history or helping in a 3rd world country or something closer to home. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

June
Many people know that Mormons do not drink, smoke, take unprescribed drug or drink Tea and Coffee. We are also encouraged to get enough sleep (not personally very good at that one) and eat healthily. This is what is referred to as the Word of Wisdom. it can be found in the Doctrine and Covenants (Section 89) Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

June
This is an interesting question. A portion of the money goes to building and looking after thousands of Chapels and many Temples throughout the World. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

June
This is an interesting question. I guess I would suggest that the missionaries are the people best equipped to give the answer here as I don't have enough space but it all began with a young boy who was confused which Church he should join. He asked God and received the answer that he should join none of them for they were all wrong teaching a form of godliness but denying the power of God. Soon after he learnt that through him the Gospel as it was in the time of Jesus Christ would be restored and .....as they say.......the rest is 180 years of history. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

June
My son served a mission and saved the money to do so by working as a Life guard and swimming teacher. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

June
By the Tithing of the members. Members are asked to give one tenth of their income to the Church. There is no obligation to do so i.e. no collection in Church but members get many blessings by paying tithing and other offerings to help the poor. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

June
A testimony is something that is personal to each person. Members of the Church are encouraged to pray and find out for themselves if the Church and principles (such as tithing and the Word of Wisdom) in the Church are right. Coming to an understanding of this is what gives people a testimony of the trust of the Church. Show more Show less

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

June
No. Each member is entitled to vote for who they feel will be right for their local community. Some members to stand for local elections and government but that does not mean that members would necessarily vote for them. It is a personal decision. Show more Show less