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Hi I'm Simon

I believe that life is what you make it, and every second counts. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I served as a missionary in the England London South Mission from 2010-2012. I am passionate about music, and am a keen musician; I play the piano and try with the acoustic guitar and drums. I love writing my own music and like to think of myself as a bit of a songwriter/composer. I love variety in life; I participate in plenty of sports and other activities, such as football, running and rock-climbing. I also like to slow down sometimes and enjoy reading, walking and taking in the beauty of nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home where the Gospel was already present; my father has been a member all his life and married my mother, who joined the Church when she was nineteen. However, regardless of whether you are born into the Church or not, I believe the process of conversion is the same for all. We must each obtain for ourselves that knowledge which man cannot give or take away. Aged fourteen and wondering about the truth of the teachings with which I had been raised, I decided to embark upon a personal quest for answers. The process is one which continues today as I continue to apply principles of the Gospel and discover their truth. I can honestly say that I've never had a single experience in which I knew the Gospel was true; that knowledge has grown little by little, day by day and continues to do so as I continue to test it. I am still becoming converted to the Gospel and will be for the rest of my life. I'm a Mormon because I know by the Power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know by this same power that in the spring of 1820, God the Father and his Son appeared to a young boy named Joseph Smith, who was called as a Prophet to restore the truths and the Priesthood authority that were lost after the dissolution of the early Christian Church following the death of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. I know that the fulness of the Gospel and the authority to administer sacred ordinances such as baptism are once again on the earth. I also know that by this same authority, marriages and families can be united beyond death and for eternity. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only organisation in existence in which all of these ingredients are found, and I have personal experience of these blessings in my own life. My conviction is one that cannot and will not be denied, nor can it be by anyone who obtains this witness for themselves.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every moment of every day by striving to make choices that are consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ; not because I feel I have to, but because I want to. Throughout my life I have experienced the blessings of the Gospel on an individual and family level. This has occurred as principles of the Gospel have been implemented and practised in my personal life and in our home. As blessings increase, so does one's conviction and desire to follow the Gospel more closely.

What is being a Mormon like?

Simon
Where better to find the answer to this question than in the Book of Mormon itself? "...and unto those who do not belong to the church I speak by way of invitation, saying "Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life". Alma 5.62. The only way to really know what it is like to be a member of this Church is to become one. Yes, I know it might be a big change. I know it will take a huge leap of faith. I know it might mean giving up things, leaving things behind. I know that your life will not be trial or challenge free. However, I know that any sacrifice you feel you have to make will be infinitely surpassed by the blessings that will inevitably flow from membership in the true Church of Jesus Christ. Do you want to find out? Then put it to the test! See if it won't change your life, and then the rest of eternity. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Simon
The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God. It is the divine authorisation to perform sacred ordinances and bless the lives of God's children here on earth. Just as a policeman must receive authority from Her Majesty's Government to perform arrests and enforce the law, so a man must worthily hold authority from God to act in His Name and perform His ordinances. Jesus Christ originally held this authority when He organised His Church on the earth He called His twelve Apostles and bestowed upon them this same authority to teach, perform miracles, baptise and confer the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. However, when Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, this divine authority was withdrawn from the earth. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that God has once again reached out in love to His children by calling modern Prophets and Apostles, who lead the Church today with this same divine authority held by Jesus Christ Himself the authority was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith in 1829, shortly before the organisation of the Church in 1830. Show more Show less