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Hi I'm Heber-Jay

I'm a husband, a father, a Kiwi living in the Outback...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Wellington New-Zealand but spent most of my life growing up in Hamilton. I come from a large family with a proud Maori heritage. I served a two year mission for my Church from 2002 to 2004 in the Australia Adelaide Mission. My wife and I married in the New Zealand temple in 2005. Together we have two handsome boys and a beautiful girl. They keep us grounded and on our toes. We've been living in Australia for a little over 7 years in a little town called Alice Springs. When family and friends visit we tell them Alice is the heart of Australia. I’m a manager for the department of education. I grew up loving music and playing the guitar. I also enjoy playing rugby and basketball. Now my children are getting older I’m enjoying watching them more than playing. I’m the President of our local rugby league club. I coach basketball as well as rugby league and give volunteer service in my church. As parents my wife and I do our best to nurture, teach and prepare our children for life in a safe and loving environment. I believe that although life has its challenges it is also to be enjoyed. Regardless of personal circumstances, where you are in life or what you’ve done, God has a plan for you and because of this we can find peace in this life and in the life to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ is my Saviour. I was raised a Mormon however my life I the church was never smooth sailing. My family went through some struggles and challengers. I took a lot of things for-granted and made some choices I'm not proud of. It was later on in my life where I felt the need to know for myself of God's plan for his children and where I fitted into that plan. It was through my personal study and a prayer of faith where I discovered and felt the love of my Savior for me as an individual. I knew I was not alone. I knew He understood my heart. I knew He died for me and I knew Heavenly Father loves and is concerned for me as He is for all His children. I knew there was a purpose in life and that life did not end at death. This brings me joy and a peace of mind that we will one day see our loved ones again after this life. It was then that I could see Heavenly Fathers hand in my life leading me, trying to keep me safe and on the right path. I didn't listen all the time but He never gave up on me and always provided a way back so that I can feel the joy and peace the gospel can bring to the lives of His children. I am grateful for church on Sundays to be able to take the sacrament and to remember the Saviors sacrifice for me as well as being able to renew my commitment to Him every Sunday. It also gives me the opportunity to help others. I think Heavenly Father wants us to help each other which is why we all have different strengths and weaknesses. There are great influences from the members, my friends and family that I will always be grateful for. I'm not an emotional person and I may not show it that often but I love these people to bits. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I believe what you have faith in will show in the way you live your life. If you have faith in Jesus Christ your life should be reflective of his life in everything you do. I try and live my faith in the way I speak to others, the way I treat them, the way I serve and love my family. I stay away from things that can harm you both physically and spiritually. As a parent my wife and I do our best to nurture, teach and prepare our children for life in a safe and loving environment. As a family we honor the Sabbath day every Sunday and keep Monday nights just for the family. It doesn't matter what we do as long as its together. In our Branch (Church in our local area) I'm sometimes called upon to assist our members, to teach lessons and facilitate our Sunday school programs. I try to contribute to my community by assisting where I can. I'm the President of our local rugby league club. I coach basketball and rugby league. In our Church we're provided with lots of opportunities to serve others whether it be helping the elderly, cleaning yards or helping the youth. I am blessed to have good friends from many different walks of life. Although a lot of them don't shear the same beliefs as me, I am grateful that they can respect my values and beliefs as I do theirs. I feel it my obligation to help out where I can when ever I can. A wise man once said "in order for evil to prevail, is for good men to do NOTHING." I try and live by this quote every day to "GO and DO!"

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Eternal life is something all Gods children can receive after all His work has been accomplished on the earth. We believe that being married in temples allows us to be sealed to our families here on earth but also in the life to come. It also binds us to God our Father and shows we are willing to keep all His commandments and if we do so enduring to the end He promises us eternal life. Eternal life is the greatest gift of all because its living with God, His Son Jesus Christ and our families in His kingdom, in a perfect happiness with the ones we love.   Show more Show less