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Hi I'm Ian

I live in Wales, work part-time in the Welsh Government as well as running a small business and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with three children and achieve a healthy life / work balance by playing the piano, guitar and ukulele, singing, acting, playing tennis, bird watching, kayaking and fly fishing for sewin and salmon. When I'm not with my family or enjoying my hobbies and interests, I work part-time in the Welsh Government and run a small leadership and organisational development business. My professional background is in nursing and education. I also spent eleven years as a nursing officer in the Territorial Army.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in a Christian home and regularly attended a Baptist chapel with my family. My first encounter with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was at the age of 15 whilst playing in a musical group/band; it was the 1970s and I was also aware the Osmonds were Mormons. Our manager was being taught by missionaries and when they called by to see her one evening, we happened to be practising for a concert and were subsequently invited to a church variety/talent night the following Saturday. I really enjoyed the 'feel' of the church and particularly valued being part of a large and vibrant church youth group - I was baptized a year later. Apart from the positive influence of the young (and not so young) people, I also fell in love with a young lady who I'm now pleased to call my wife. My faith in Jesus Christ and a desire to live by His teachings motivated me to serve as a missionary for the church a couple of years after being baptized and I have tried my best to remain faithful ever since. I believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as my Saviour. I also believe that genuine happiness in this life can be found by living the principles contained within the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ is central to who I am and I do my best to live a life that reflects my Christian beliefs and personal testimony of the Saviour Jesus Christ. I also recognise that I often fall short of Jesus's expectations and rely on His grace and tender mercies to bless my life on a daily basis . I have had the opportunity to serve as lay minister of the local church congregation on a few occasions and this has strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ, especially as I have witnessed the impact and blessings of living the Gospel in the lives of other people. I have also had experience in assisting those with emotional and social well-being challenges via the church's family services organisation. I currently serve on a voluntary basis as a stake president. A stake is a geographic area similar to a Catholic diocese. I oversee church programmes in a defined geographic area composed of individual congregations called wards and branches and am responsible to help the church members of the stake in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ. I also oversees the activities of the bishops, branch presidents and other church leaders, providing leadership and support as needed.