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Hi I'm David

…an Artist and Musician, an ex-Navy War Veteran, a Retired Businessman, an internationally published Author…and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in England but moved to Australia in 1954 when our family came to join other members of my mother’s family living in Queensland. I grew up in the countryside around the City of Warwick. While there I began a career in the Automotive Industry, which I transferred to another employer in the Capital City Brisbane, where I completed my first Tradesman’s Qualification plus further technical qualifications. At age 22 I began to travel. I headed off to Europe first, intending to work on my first love…writing. London in the mid-60s was a magnet for all sorts of Pop Culture. I returned to Australia after about three years and eventually joined the Royal Australian Navy, in time to serve in Vietnam. In the Navy I obtained a second Tradesman’s Qualification plus additional technical qualifications. While in the Navy I married and became the father of two children, a boy and a girl. On retiring from Navy, after twenty years service, I returned to Queensland to live. I established a Business Management Consultancy, specialising in Total Quality Management, a field I entered in military service. After about seven years, during which time I endured two divorces, I determined to re-retire. Finally it seemed the right thing was to return to my first love…writing. I have a number of novels and many hundreds of poems etc., written. The latest of note is a fiction novel dealing with the Afterlife, titled DARK-Millennium 3, which was published in New York about January 2011.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about fifteen we were visited by missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found their teachings to be completely in harmony with my intuitive sense of spiritual values and religion. I preferred fishing to attending their discussions. The missionaries specifically challenged me to follow the steps at Moroni 10, in the Book of Mormon, which I did. I got a clear answer to my prayer and knew the Book of Mormon was Scripture, the Word of God. We had no meetinghouse in Warwick so I was baptized in Toowoomba, a City about fifty miles away, becoming the only member of the Church in Warwick. We moved to Brisbane, where I found I was able at last to participate in the Mutual youth activities and advance further in the priesthood, which had been bestowed on me at age fifteen. By age twenty I had been ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood and as an elder in the Church, was called to the position of ward clerk. My situation left me feeling torn. I had every intention of pursuing a career in writing rather than in Trade-based Engineering. There was no doubt in my mind regarding the position of the Church. I knew the Book of Mormon to be Scripture. Nevertheless, I was absent from the Church for over twenty years. At no time did I deny the Church but I developed habits and a lifestyle contrary to to its precepts. Traveling overseas, as a civilian and later as a member of the RAN, I partook of the joys of this life…and some of its pains. None of my extended family are members of the Church, despite our ongoing cordial relations. Serving in the Church: In the priesthood I have been advanced to the office of High Priest and find there is great pleasure in living according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was baptized in 1961 and have never had doubts regarding the Church itself but did struggle, in my late teens and early twenties, to harmonize my religious convictions with the strength and diversity of my artistic and creative bent.

How I live my faith

Daily life is a simple matter for a mature retiree. Having in the past led a life that incorporated lifestyle decisions that were inappropriate, I am very aware of the role played by daily habits. How we live is an expression of all our personal habits, those we see ourselves plus those of which we may ourselves be unaware. As a Gospel Instructor I have encouraged class members to develop and maintain the simple, do-able, tasks by which I regulate my outward observance. These comprise essentially: Sacrament attendance every Sunday; Family Home Evening, in behalf also of my absent family members, every Monday evening; daily scripture study, in each of the Standard Works (Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price); and Prayer, which takes the occasion of Daily Prayer at set times in the evening and morning but also forms a conscious dialogue with the Spirit throughout each day. By intentionally maintaining these personal habits, I find my lifestyle does not deviate greatly from that which the Lord would have me live. As none of us is perfect, I do take the opportunity to renew my covenants weekly by partaking of the Sacrament. My calling in the Church enables me to deal with issues involving Membership and Financial matters and to record Minutes & etc., of essential meetings and the like. I am able on my own initiative to perform my several duties at the chapel throughout the week, not only on the Sabbath Day. Each day brings its challenges and its rewards. We may each incur broken hearts and broken bones but with true faith in God and with the further light and knowledge of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, despite ill fortune or ill health, we can find peace in this life and look forward to finding joy beyond the veil.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

David
The term 'Ward' broadly equates to what is commonly called a Parish and a 'Stake' equates roughly to a conventional Diocese. The divisions that make up local units of the Church are for administrative purposes and importantly, to enable members the opportunity to serve in priesthood callings and leadership positions in auxiliary organisations. Within units, these auxiliaries deal with members, youth, children, single adults and young single adults. Each local unit endeavors to cater to the natural and spiritual needs which arise in every community and congregation. Show more Show less