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Hi I'm Ralph

I grew up in Australia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad, 54 years young, of an adult daughter who now lives and works interstate. My interests are music (piano accordion), computers, and the weather.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1979-1980, while working in a provincial town 400 kilometres north of Adelaide, South Australia, my family nest, I began to earnestly think what would happen once I retire at 65 years, live a few more years, die, AND THEN WHAT?? That became a nagging question to me. I believed that SOMETHING has to follow death, but WHAT? I did not know, nor how to find out, as I was not closely affiliated with any religion. After returning to Adelaide, the full-time missionaries from the Mormon Church found me in a flat (apartment) during a tracting (door-knocking) exercise. They began to answer such questions, and taught me the Plan of Salvation. During the next few weeks, I literally asked them hundreds of questions, thinking that I would weary them, but instead found them extremely gentlemanly indeed. This impressed me greatly, so I continued to investigate the Church. 7 weeks afterwards, I was baptized a Mormon. My first testimony came in the Plan of Salvation, but gradually I learned other concepts in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, including Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel in its fulness. I know, through the Spirit of God, as borne through the Holy Ghost, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true Church on the Earth, that Joseph Smith is the first prophet of this restored dispensation, there are prophets and apostles today, The Book of Mormon is the truest book on Earth, and that there IS life after death, and that it can be heavenly and with our families and loved ones if we follow the rules and commandments of God. Please consider carefully, and I wish you well.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I attend church, and otherwise strive to keep this special day of God (the Sabbath day) holy by studying the scriptures like the Bible and The Book of Mormon, writing in my journal (diary), and other things appropriate to the day. I try to avoid all things which God does not like, including drinking alcohol, smoking, and gambling. I try to be gentle with my wife and child, as nobody wins an argument. I write cheques and do other voluntary financial work to cater for the expenses and other transactions of the Church in my area.