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Hi I'm Rowland Elvidge

I was brought up in South Yorkshire during the war years and got married 1958 .

About Me

I was brought up in South Yorkshire during the war years and got married 1958 while serving in the Royal Air Force. While my wife had been brought up in the church by her faithful mother she did not join as her father was against her joining until she was 21. We both joined the church in 1965 in Stevenage following a visit by the missionaries sent by my wife's mother, we moved to the West Country and served as a Branch President and then moved to St Albans in 1969. The majority of Rowland’s working career was spent with Kodak, working both in the British Isles and extensively throughout Europe. Since 1998 have been serving on a voluntary basis as the Public Affairs Directors for the United Kingdom. Retired from Kodak in 1988 as their European service training manager and set up our own service network company in England and the Benelux countries. We have have six children, all of whom are married and have twenty-five grandchildren and currently two great-grandchildren

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I was taken to Sunday School and the simple stories had a resonating effect on me through the difficult war years, as a teenager I would frequently attend church youth clubs but my love of the outdoors consumed my time. On entering the Royal Air Force and have plenty of time so went to communion classes run by the chaplain. I was totally confused and became agnostic and would enjoy a good argument against any form of religion. Barbara had been brought up as a mormon but I drew her away from attending mainly due to our love of the outdoors but her mother would always try to encourage me to read the Book of Mormon which I rejected. It was a call late one cold wet night that two missionaries called on our home in Stevenage that got me thinking, they made sense and we joined the church and we have never looked back. I owe every thing I have to the church and we have received so many blessings that bring hope, comfort and joy to my life. I am glad to be a mormon

How I live my faith

Served as a Bishop before being called as the Stake President of the newly formed St Albans Stake in 1978. Together we have served President of the England Bristol Mission 1994-1997 and as President and Matron of the London Temple 2004-2007. Rowland was called to the Third Quorum of Seventy in April 2000 to 2004