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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband, father, historian and a British Mormon.

About Me

I am a British cultural historian, whose passion is to recover the stories of the past. As part of my learning, I have completed a PhD in which I focussed on converts to Mormonism in Victorian Britain, and the ensuing migration of over 110,000 converts from Europe to America. This they did so that they might join with others, who like them, believed in a living prophet who declares God's will in a world that is so devoid of moral direction.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful that throughout my life, I have come to know for myself, that God has revealed a plan that is intended to make His children happy. Perhaps, the most important belief is that Jesus Christ, in a selfless act, became our Saviour and provided the way home to our Heavenly Father. Clearly God's family is of great importance to Him, and likewise He has made it possible in the most sacred of places, that our own family can also be held together, not to be parted at death, but to be joined as a man and wife, father and son, mother and daughter, to be with each other forever.

How I live my faith

I have the great honour and pleasure of teaching in the Church in England. My classes are for those who are between 14 and 18 years of age, in a programme called 'Seminary'. In seminary we teach a four year programme during school term time, normally for an hour starting at 6:30am which focuses on the scriptures, starting with the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenant, a collection of revealed teaching. As part of the service that we undertake in the Church, we are often called upon to perform other tasks in the running of the local Church, so we all gain experience and are able to help others as they need it.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

When the terms ward/stake/branch are first heard, sometimes they can be quite confusing. In order for the Church to be organised in a manner that provides harmony and order, the Church is broken down into small units. The basic unit of the Church with an established congregation is often called a 'ward'. Within the ward, the main activities of worship and teaching are undertaken. The term ward simply refers to a geographical area which encapsulates that congregation. Smaller congregations, often under 100 members are frequently called a 'branch'. Frequently several wards/branches form a larger administrative unit called a 'stake'. A stake oversees and supports the work that is undertaken by the local congregations. Many faiths and denominations use the terms Parish and Dicocese to describe the same type of organisations as above. The name 'stake' derives from the Isaiah verse 'enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes' (Isaiah 54:2). Like stakes that support and surround a tent, there are many stakes in the Church which are overseen by those who preside over the Church. Show more Show less