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Hi I'm Graham

I was born in Yorkshire, England and love working in the community. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a father of 3 adult children and the grandfather to 8 beautiful grandchildren. I am married to a great wife and we celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary this year. I love reading all types of books and still have a favourite choice of science fiction stories that I loved as a teenager and in early adulthood. I also love photography, a love that one of my grandchildren seems to have inherited too. I have been involved in the community through volunteer emergency service work and now in volunteer community housing work for many years and for which I was fortunate enough to receive a national medal from our Federal government some years ago. I love tracing family history and helping others to trace their family trees.  

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the latter-day saint church as a teenager in 1963 and was the first baptised in my family. I was joined shortly after when my father and brother were also baptised. I chose to be baptised for a number of reasons. First as the missionaries talked about the plan of salvation, where we come from, why we are here and where do we go after death. It all seemed incredibly familiar to me, as though I had heard it all before and was now remembering it as they taught me. As I read the Book of Mormon, even before I formally prayed to ask if the book really was scripture, again I felt that I had seen or understood what it was saying before. When I prayed about the Book of Mormon - I just felt and understood that it was the word of God and that an uneducated farm boy in his teenage years simply could have not had the language or historical skills to write it in his own. Over the years I have re-read the book of Mormon numerous times and each time I do, I get the same conviction that this really is the word of God and another witness that Jesus Christ did live and is our Saviour.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in a number of capacities and like all local members serve without pay. My best experiences generally have come from opportunities to teach various groups and classes within our local church membership. This has ranged from teenagers to adults. I also have served in a number of local leadership positions over the years. I currently serve in an administrative leadership position helping the other local units of the church by being a resource and help in their service to their membership. I also have the pleasure of serving on the management committee of a community house organisation that helps to provide the needy in our community with emergency relief and access to state and federal government programs to assist them and their families. My membership in the church has taught me over the years the satisfaction that comes from service both in the church and community. The opportunity to serve others is a key tenet of the gospel and one that helps us live more the kind of life that the Saviour would have us live.