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Hi I'm Adrian Dominic Carroll

I play Punk Rock and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have completed a full time research Master of Arts degree at QUT, As an occupation I lecture music technology and produce independent records for local artists. My wife Jet is an Architectural Stained-glass Artist who works at home. I have six children aged from eighteen to six years; Kenya, Pepper, Asa, Alaska, Zed and Persia. I play in a local punk Brisbane band called the ManaRays and have played guitar for The Splatterheads in the eighties. When I was young I was considered different from the mainstream with coloured hair, safety-pins and badges - in my adult life I have carried that through except now I am different because I don't drink, smoke or use course language.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon while travelling around the Netherlands in the back of an ambulance while doing live sound a Welsh band called the Doodgy Jammers. The missionaries visited my home not long before and left a Book of Mormon. I read the Book of Mormon during the tour and I enjoyed the spirit of the book. The Book of Mormon exhorts you to ask God if the book is true, I felt I already knew that it was true through the spirit of the book but I did pray and ask and I was overwhelmed with a special kind of joy. The joy was a manifestation of receiving the plan of salvation - of knowing where I came from, why I was here and where I will go after this life. I felt the joyful realisation that I had found the church restored in its fullness - a wonderment of being privileged to partake of the mysteries of heaven while sojourning here on this earth. Since I have been involved in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I have had the witness of its purity reaffirmed over and over again and the feeling I had when I first joined the church is still with me. The awe of being a part of God’s work, listening to a living prophet and knowing the Lord's will concerning me. Being able to tell my children that I know this or that principle is true and it is from God. All this and to be able to take advantage of the atonement of Jesus Christ through my own baptism is awe-inspiring. At no time in my childhood dreams would I have thought that I would be a member of Christ's church on earth and hold the Melchizedek and Aaronic priesthoods and be a part of His work. I definitely knew I was in the right place. Since that first experience I have enjoyed the continued growth that comes through membership in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I don't play guitar on Sundays - I wouldn't consider playing guitar work but I gain a lot by doing spiritual activities on the Sabbath day. I am able to view what I am doing from a different angle and get excited about the next week. My playing really benefits from this activity because it puts it in perspective and I really can't wait to engage in playing again the next day. This creates new life and enthusiasm in my playing that I wouldn't have if every day was the same as the previous. I live my faith through incorporating values and principles of the gospel in my life. I feel it a very important attribute to act according to what you believe to be true. This might not be a religious conviction but a internal integrity of following through what you have learnt in the world. I feel this principle is a major barrier to learning life’s lessons - if we don't follow what we know to be true how then can we expect to learn new things? Knowledge is assimilated as we put what we know into action; this enables new perspectives and more unique learning environments that enable us to grow further. Sometimes our physical body, in the form of desire or lack of fortitude, prevents our intellect and spirit to progress - but overcoming these barriers is an important part of our progression. At church I am a Sunday Schools Teacher and I also participate in visiting and administering to the needs of the members. We all have a number of families we are assigned to and we watch over them for the Bishop of the church who is responsible for all the families in the church's boundaries. I enjoy the social aspect and wider community the church offers, we often eat together, share time or participate in service projects.

What is being a Mormon like?

Adrian Dominic Carroll
Being a Mormon is like having a secret of great worth and carrying this around with you and not being about to shout it out. It's a responsibility to teach and unfold life's mysteries to the level of their understanding until they possibly can realise how you feel and what you experience. The simple knowledge that you can ask Heavenly Father for help in your day-to-day undertakings and that you will receive help and guidance both physically and through revelation is important to share. Being a Mormon is realising how the world works and it is very magical in a nice way. Being a member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a static experience - once you’re in and get settled you grow and grow, there is no limit to what you can learn. The knowledge that we have Heavenly Parents and that they want the best for us is a very comforting and helps us understand the world we live in. This world is a perfect ground for our leaning and development, made specifically for us. It is a very important early phase in our development and one that will have everlasting or eternal consequences. I would give serious thought to investigating the Church for its hidden treasures. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Adrian Dominic Carroll
As a priesthood holder I often need to bless and heal the sick through the priesthood I hold. I have been witness to great blessings to family and non-members through the priesthood. It is important to keep the name of God sacred when working through the Spirit of God. In the world I need to remind people that it is without purpose or in vain to use the name of God in an irreverent connotation. It only serves the adversity to lure humanity into profanity and blasphemy and it is done usually through ignorance. Even for those without faith in a religion it is prudent to keep sacred things sacred and to be respectful of other people’s beliefs. When others use the name of our Lord in frustration and anger it pains my soul. I love the Saviour and can never fully appreciate the unimaginable loving suffering He accomplished for my redemption. May we all reverence his name. Show more Show less