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Hi I'm Peter Elliott Veteran

I'm a Mormon. Enlisted for Korean war - after war married joined Police Force. 1960 joined the Church. Self employed from 1966

About Me

I grew up in South Australia during the 1930s. My Mother died when I was 16 months old. My Father was away from us for long periods seeking work. My brother and I lived with an Aunty and her family. As a child I was taught to be self-reliant. At 11yrs old I was competent milking cows, clearing scrub, constructing fences and vegetable gardening. At14yrs old I had completed 3 years of selling newspapers and had paid for my own bicycle and my own residential block of land. My Father died I was 16yrs old. I had been working for 2 years supporting myself, washing and ironing my clothes etc. and had my own motor cycle. When the Korean War started I enlisted being 19yrs old. I served in Japan and Korea and returned to Australia in1954. Married in 1955 and joined the Police force in 1958. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1960. Serving people and the organization as a lay Priesthood holder I quickly learned skills that helped me know people. After leaving the Police Force in 1965 I became self-employed as a specialist in Sales and Marketing, then as a munufacturer and administrator. Church service has helped me be better in all areas of my life, as a Husband, Father and provider. I have played Aussie rules football, table tennis and I still swim. As a soloist I have sung in T.V. shows, theatrical productions, concerts, weddings and Church functions. In retirement my wife and I served 3 missions for the Church, then I physically built our house.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I gained a spiritual witness that it is the Church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth in these latter days. It isthe same Church that Christ organized during His mortal ministry. During my early childhood I had very little religious training. A kind spinster, Miss Moore, who took me to her Church when I was 9 years old told me that there was a God in Heaven. During my service in the Korean war I saw the ugliest side of human nature and felt there had to be a better way for man to live. During this time some experiences I had caused me great concern and anxiety. Having nowhere to turn to I remembered what Miss Moore had told me about God, so I decided to pray, having never really done so before. Finding a secluded place I knelt down, closed my eyes I spoke audibly about the deep concerns of my mind and feelings of my heart. I did not hear or see anything but I felt a peace that I had never felt before. It was a very special feeling. On my return to Australia I visited many different Churches hoping to find that special feeling but I never did. My Father had said, " True religion is between God and yourself, not in a Church." On 21st Jan. 1960, two Mormon Missionaries came to my home, I was married with 3 children and a Police Officer with little patience for religionists. I was impressed with their sincerity and invited them in. After hearing their message and joining them in prayer I again felt that same beautiful feeling of peace. Over the next several weeks they taught my wife and I about the Restoration of Christ's true Church. They challenged me to pray and find out if what they taught was true, I struggled within, not wanting to change my life but wanting to know if it was true. I finally prayed and asked to know the truth. I received a very strong spiritual witness that it was true. My heart was filled with Joy. My wife also gained her own witness and we joined the Church

How I live my faith

Since joining the Church my Faith in Christ continues to grow through a study of the scriptures. My wife and I daily study the Scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, which is a remarkable witness of Jesus Christ. It is a record of God's dealings with an ancient civilization of people who migrated to the Americas. The Church operates worldwide with a lay ministry and as with all men who are morally worthy I have been ordained to the Priesthood since 1960. Having served in many administrative Church positions also in teaching, caring for the needy, organising Church events and serving in the community. My wife, a qualified teacher has taught children with disabilities and continues to teach children as well as visiting other members of the Church providing help. Since our retirement my wife and I have served three Missions for the Church and have established a non-business club helping people introduce natural whole foods into their diet, to improve their health and well being. We continued to grow every closer to each other by; 1. Living in accord with the teaching of the Church. 2. By being willing to keep the commandments. 3. Having daily personal prayer, family prayer and sweetheart prayer. 4. Daily scripture study. 5. Serving our family and serving in the Church and in the community. 6. Regular attendance at Church meetings and weekly Temple visits. We do most things together, we laugh and have fun and seek to do good and this continues to strengthen the love we have for each other. We are active in researching our Family history and have an active interest in our children and grandchildren, also in assisting our neighbours in practical ways. Our religion is not something we add to our life, it is our life. It is filled with joy and happiness and we are strengthened in our adversities. My Faith is a sure anchor to my soul and through it I have come to know who God is and my relationship to him and also the purpose of this mortal life.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Peter Elliott Veteran
In the period after the ascension of Christ in the middle eastern areas the Church that Chirist had established grew rapidly due to the efforts of the Apostles. Many of the people were not informed of the practices of the early day Saints and as a result of this ignorance criticized the church and it's members and started calling them "Christians" a derogative term. (Saints are baptised members of the Church) When the Church of Jesus Christ was restored in 1830 the same situation occured among those not members of the Church. Those who were not members of the Church were ignorant of the beliefs and practices of Church members, particularly in relation to the Book of Mormon, so the term 'Mormon" was used to identify church members. The term "Mormon" was a derogatory one. Today there are some people who call themselves Mormons, although they have been ex-communicated from the Church for wilfully living practices such as polygyny which are against the law of the Church. Members of the Church should be correctly called, "Latter-day Saints" distinguishing them from the former-day Saints. Show more Show less