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Hi I'm David

I'm Australian. I have 10 kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 61 year old businessman with 10 kids 6 natural and 4 step. I travel the world with my work and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and places. I love to snow ski in the winter and go "four wheeling" in the summer with some occassional social golf in between if I ever get the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Protestant church in Australia. As I grew older and had children of my own I had many questions that were not being answered by other faiths. I started searching but could not find a church with doctrine I could accept. I knew nothing about Mormons expect a fellow I worked with was one. He was one of the finest men I had ever met. I never heard him swear, he did not drink, he was honest and his conduct was exemplary in all things. Then I met his family and they were the same. Purely out of curiosity I started asking him questions about his faith. These were the questions I was not getting answers for anywhere else. I was surprised at the answers because they sat well on my heart. He also had answers to ALL my questions. He gave me a Book of Mormon. I did not read it at first. After several years and many questions later I finally needed to know if what the Church claimed was true. If it was, I decided I would embrace it. If it was not, I would move on. I called my friend and asked if he could arrange for some of the young missionaries to come to my home to teach me about the restored Gospel. Within a few days two wonderful young men visited me. Over a period of several weeks they taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. I believed it was true and agreed to be baptized. During the time I agreed to be baptized and the actual day itself, I had the most wonderful spiritual experience that proved to me, without doubt, that the Church was true. I had found what I was looking for. Joining the Church was the best decision I have ever made in my life. That was over 20 years ago. I know the Church is true. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten of the Father. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that he was the instrument in the hands of the Lord to restore the Gospel to the earth. I know that we have a living Prophet on the earth today who leads and guides us. Being a member of the Church has brought me more peace and happiness than I thought could be achieved in this life. It gives me direction, is a "constant" and is an anchor in the shifting sands of a difficult world with declining moral standards. My membership in the Church and my personal testimony that Jesus is my Savior is the most valuable possession I have.

How I live my faith

The Lord promises us that if we live His commandments we will be blessed. To that end I try to do my best in everything I do. I attend my Church meetings every week. I teach a 15 year old Sunday school class each week. I get involved in community humanitarian projects and help my fellow man wherever I can. The Church is not a passive membership. I am involved and active in a wonderful community that helps each other through tough times and challenges.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

David
The Church offers so much that directly benefits individuals and families. Sincere investigation will reveal that it is, indeed, the Lord's Church. It has the power to change lives for the better. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

David
The Law of Chastity is simply a law of morality. The Lord teaches that sexual relationships are sacred and special and are only to be enjoyed with ones legally married spouse. Faithfully keeping the Law of Chastity creates a deep bond and trust within marriage that is gained in no other way. The Lord gives us commandments which are designed to keep us on a path that will help us find happiness. Only by living the commandments can we indeed find true and lasting happiness. Look how much unhappiness is caused in the world by immorality and not being faithful. The world is collapsing into moral decay. We are saturated in immorality by the media at every turn teaching that casual sexual relationships are normal and unharmful. However, we are now seeing the results of that deception. Increased infidelity, divorce and broken families are the wreckage of immoral and unfaithful acts. On the other hand living the Law of Chastity brings feelings of self worth, self respect and strength. Families where children are raised in a faithful environment are happier and more secure. Study after study has proven the positive effects on familes when husbands and wives are fully committed and faithful to each other. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

David
We have two basic types of Sunday worship meetings. Typically on most Sundays we meet as a congregation, called a ward. We start the meeting with a hymn and an opening prayer (invocation). There may be some ward busines and announcements, then we partake of the sacrament (communion). Following the sacrament we have two or three speakers who are members of the congregation who have been previously invited to speak on an assigned topic. Because we have no paid ministry the church is self ministering and administered. It is quite amazing how well it all works which is further testimony to me that this is the Lords' church and operates under His direction and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The meeting is again closed with a hymn and a prayer. The second type of meeting occurs on the first Sunday of every month. It's called Testimony meeting. At this meeting there are no assigned speakers. Member of the congregation may come forward, as they desire, and stand at the pulpit and briefly share their feelings about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, share faith promoting personal experiences and bear their testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel, and in particular their testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. Being an adult convert to the church I was pleasantly surprised when I attended for the first time. Now, 23 years later I love my Sunday meetings and look forward to being uplifted and edified each week. Show more Show less