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Hi I'm John

I'm a fun-loving bloke who loves the great outdoors. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of a fantastically fun toddler. Hannah and I have been married for four years and are very lucky to agree on just about everything (except the best sauce for a bacon buttie... brown sauce every time!), especially our goals and priorities. I absolutely love being a dad but get scared sometimes when it hits home how much responsibility I have - not only to provide for the physical needs of our family - but for the emotional and spiritual too. We live in a little market town in the Yorkshire Dales and I love getting outdoors - hiking and hill walking whenever I can - when it's not raining that is! I'm also a massive food fan and love cooking as well as eating. There's nothing better then spending an evening in with good friends, gorgeous food and great conversation. Hannah worked as a music teacher in a secondary school but is currently a full-time mum with a few piano pupils on the side. I spend part of my week working in a landscape architect's office and the other part running my property business, which at the moment means stripping out an old Victorian terrace house. I love the balance; office and computers for a few days, then sledge hammers and grime for the rest!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I find that my life is happier when I live the way Christ taught. I go to church because it helps me learn more about Christ and keeps me focussed on those things that are most important. It's great to associate with people who not only want to live a similar way but who also want to help others lead happy and fulfilling lives. I believe that God is real, that he loves me as my father and wants me to return to Him. He feels the same about everyone one who has ever lived. Because God is perfect I'll need to be clean and pure to be with him and I'm definitely not there yet! Christ provided the way for us to be clean and return home. I'm grateful for God's prophet Joseph Smith who restored the priesthood and translated the Book of Mormon which teaches me about God's plan and adds amazing depth and detail to my basic faith.

How I live my faith

I'm a very social person and love meeting new people and spending time with old friends. As such I recognise the importance of community in enriching individual lives. I find that when a group of people are unified in a specific goal it is much more achievable than doing it alone. The family is a community at its most basic level. Hannah and I are working hard now to create a secure, loving and inspiring home and family in which to raise our children. The town we live in also has a very active community spirit and people pitch in to organise a host of events throughout the year from the agricultural show and the carnival to science fairs and maypole dances. I help organise the 'Victorian Fayre' which every Christmas takes over the town centre for a day with traditional markets and fair rides, pipe organs, steam engines and street performers. It's a great family event where people come from all over to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere. I also help run a centre near our local university campus where students can go to hang out, eat and study. The centre runs a series of religious classes and also organises larger events like community service projects and a dance every couple of months. It's open every day and a few evenings during the week and around 200 people use it. The centre is an invaluable place for students to meet like-minded people and gain support whilst away from home.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

John
You'll find that there is a huge emphasis on putting family first for most Mormons. That's because we recognise the advantage that a loving, supportive home brings. Mormons put at least one night a week aside as a 'family home evening' where we can spend time exclusively together to learn, plan and play together. Mormons are usually pretty busy helping other people. From small things like having someone over for dinner to larger scale projects in the community or even going abroad for a couple of years to work as a missionary, you'll find that members of the church put a lot of effort into, and get a lot of enjoyment out of serving others. Show more Show less