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Hi I'm Alastair

I'm British. I recently returned from serving a mission in Brisbane, Australia - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and have lived the majority of my life surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Yorkshire, England. And being born of goodly parents and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Churst of Latter-Day Saints; I have come to appreciate more and more the beauty of this Earth which was created for us by a loving Heavenly Father and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Family has always been important to me. I grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and being able to look back on our time growing up together; the good, the bad (and sometimes even the ugly!) times - I wouldn't change a thing! I love my family and I know that I am who I am because of them and the experiences we have shared together. I am currently working in a Laboratory which focuses on Pharmaceuticals Research. I have not had the opportunity yet to attend University and get a degree - but I hope that will change soon! I have always been interested in Science and hope to further my education in Biology and Anatomy. I love both playing and watching racquet sports (Tennis, Badminton etc) and I enjoy reading in my spare time. And when the weather behaves, there is little better than going on one of the many hikes in this incredible, green land!

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many elements which have combined throughout my life - and even before my life on Earth began. I have had the opportunity to grow up as a Mormon because of corageous parents who, in their teens, searched for truth. As so many have before, and many I hope will continue to do so - they came into contact with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As they say, the rest is history. They both had found the truth they were looking for and were baptised shortly afterwards - and in my Mum's case, she was the only one in her family to do so. Because of the Church and the fantastic activites they hold, my parents were able to meet, fall in love and marry for Time and all Eternity in the London Temple. It was this which has given me and my siblings the chance to grow up in a faith-nurturing environment. As we grow older (and hopefully wiser!), we start to question everything around us. This is not a sign of doubt, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow. After all, where would we be if people like Isaac Newton, Galileo or Charles Darwin didn't question the world around them. And so during my teenage years, I began to investigate my faith - and was actually being encouraged to do so. It wasn't until I was preparing to leave home and serve my mission, that my answer started to emerge. I started reading The Book of Mormon. And I mean really reading it, for perhaps the first time in my life. Things started making piecing together in my mind, but it wasn't until I tried the promise given by the last man to write in The Book of Mormon - to ask God if this book was true - when I knew for myself that it was true. I cannot accurately describe my feelings at that point - but I knew that God had answered my prayer. It was then that a bridge formed in my mind that linked The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and this Church together. For one to be true, they must all be true. And that is why I'm a Mormon - I know it, I live it, I love it.

How I live my faith

I love how this section is titled! It shows to me that faith is much more than just a belief in something - it is who we are, how we live and our purpose for life. Since serving a voluntary 2 year mission in Queensland, Australia - my whole outlook on life and faith has changed for the better. Although growing up in a family and church which taught me good values, and doing the best I could to live them, I did not fully understand what faith was or even who we have faith in. But in serving the people of Australia and by serving my God - I have come to know for myself that God lives and that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Saviour and Redeemer. And now I am trying to live my life worthy of that knowledge and faith. Since coming home from being a full-time missionary in Australia, I have had the chance to continue working with the Missionaries here in our local congregation. I have the opportunity to help teach those who are investigating the Church and our beliefs, and testify of what I know to be true. As most things in life, I believe it is the small and simple things in which are faith is really shown. By being everyday Christians and by our actions, words and example - show that we are witnesses of Jesus Christ. I hope that my life reflects my gratitude for the faith I have obtained. And I hope that my faith will continue to grow as I go through this life.