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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon. I became one 54 years ago while teaching school. My wife joined with me.

About Me

I was born in Australia and I have lived most of my life in this great country. I love the beaches and coastal scenery, and I am just as much in love with the wide open plains country inland. In my young years my parents lived near the coast but they had friends on sheep and cattle stations inland. They were my favourite places to go for school holidays. There I learnt to ride horses and that is still my favourite hobby. Education has been an important part of my life. With university qualifications I taught for many years in secondary schools and later adminsitered an educational system in the Pacific Islands. Family life has been my first love. I have a wonderful wife, seven children, 28 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. We enjoy gathering as a big family a number of times each year. I am now retired and I enjoy developing a small acreage property. We grow our own vegetables and we have a variety of fruit trees.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up to attend church, particularly protestant sunday school. By the time I was about twenty two mormon missionaries knocked on my mother's door. She invited them in. I had questions about god, and his son and other questions from my previous church experience. They answered them and their answers seemed to ring true to me. From ther my wife and I continued to investigate the mormon church. Some months later we accepted the church's teachings, especially baptism by the right authority in the right way. We were baptised in a creek and we have embraced the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ ever since. We have a testimony of Jesus Christ that he lives and that he atoned for our sins. We know that Joseph Smith was the instrument in God's hands to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ as it was in the primitative church. I testify that we have a living prophet at the head of the church today. He is God's mouthpiece on the Earth today.

How I live my faith

I have volunteered my services over half a century to help organize and build the church in my part of the country. My wife and I were the first persons baptised in the town we lived in. We watched that area grow in membership; we helped build a meeting house, and we accepted positions in the organization. This has been our pattern in any area we have lived. I have served two missions for the church, one of those for three years in an overseas country. Serving in the local church temple has been my happy lot for nearly ten years now. I also am still serving in a priesthood leadership position in my ward. I have always been a good neighbour giving help whenever it is needed. As a family we live responsibly, paying our way on time and being honest in our dealings.