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Hi I'm Ystyn

My name is Welsh. I'm a high school teacher, passionate soccer fan, and a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the eldest in a family of four children. My father was born in Wales, and my parents decided to make my life difficult by giving me a name with no vowels. However, I have found having a unique name has really helped build my character. My father was also a policeman so my family have lived in many different parts of Queensland, including a 50-man town out west where we lived in the police station. I am a qualified English and Drama high school teacher, but I have also taught myself how to teach Film, Television and New Media and that is my current area of focus at the school where I teach. I also love to write and hope to one day have a book published or screenplay made into a film. Both my parents are teachers as well. I love football and have played my whole life. For seven years I have been the president of a club that is predominantly made up of fellow Mormons and their friends and we play in the Queensland Christian Soccer Association. Our club regularly receives awards for fair play and sportsmanship (and, on occasion, we actually win a premiership). I have been married for eight years to my gorgeous wife and we have three amazing children together with a fourth on the way. As much as I love football and film (and alliteration), my family is my most prized possession and the only thing I need in this life (and the next) to make me truly happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself very lucky to have been born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and this feeling has been solidified over many years and through various experiences. My parents set me the perfect example of how to live the life of devoted Christians without ostracising those who do not have the same faith or have no faith at all. They treated people with genuine interest and respect without ever compromising their own beliefs and the happiness that this brought them and others was a testament to me of the truthfulness of the teachings taught at church. We spent many years living in locations quite distant from church congregations so being the only Mormon at school also meant my standards were often challenged but I knew what was right and this strengthened my belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These feelings obviously intensified further when we moved to places where church membership was greater and I met others who shared my feelings towards Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the scriptures, and living a clean life. In my late teens and early twenties, I served as a missionary for the Church in Japan where Christianity is a niche religion. Speaking with people everyday I fell in love with the Japanese people, their culture and food, but the most exciting and inspiring thing was seeing some of these wonderful people making sacrifices and changing their lives, often difficult in a country that is predominantly Buddhist, because they felt the peaceful presence of the Holy Ghost when we taught them about Jesus Christ and they knew it was true. Being born a Mormon meant my religious life has been fairly easy but to many Japanese converts, it was literally a lifechanging experience that often involved massive shifts in lifestyle and witnessing their willingness to do so for the true church reemphasised my devotion to it too. Jesus Christ lives. Joseph Smith saw God, the Eternal Father. The gospel has all the answers.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the Bishop of a congregation and I value highly the opportunity I have to serve so many members of the Church and also people living within the community. Many Bishops played a vital role during my youth and young adult years, helping me understand gospel principles and taking a genuine interest in my life, so this is my opportunity to do the same for others. My responsbilities are many, but the most important are those that allow me to assist members of the congregation in their times of need. We are all imperfect and sometimes, when serious sin is committed, people need the help of a Church leader to direct them through the repentance process. I am so grateful for the love and understanding that comes with this calling that gives me the opportunity to teach God's children about the Atonement of Christ and how they can be free from the guilt that comes when we make mistakes. It fills me with joy to see the relief of members as they leave the Bishop's office knowing that they are not alone, that their burden is shared, and that their prayers are heard and answered. I work closely with the youth. As the world becomes a darker place and the temptations that surround our children become more predominant, accessible and accepted, it is important that parents and Church leaders (like myself) are on the frontline protecting them and teaching them ways to be safe and where to find true happiness. Finally, I also assist people who are struggling financially, who are having marital or family difficulties, or who need guidance in choices they are stiving to make. None of these situations are desirable but they are an essential part of the learning experience of life in preparing us to return to live with our Father in Heaven. These are the sorts of problems that Jesus dealt with and solved when He walked the earth and, while I have so much to learn myself in how to be more like Christ, I am privileged to be His representative at this time.