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Hi I'm Robyn

I grew up in rural Australia, now living in Queensland. I'm an artist and a full time grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a protestant family, my mother moderately active and my father inactive to the point of being discouraging of any church activity. I attended Church as a teenager until I left home in late teens to work on cattle and sheep stations in the Australian bush for 20 years. Due to injuries I was forced to make a career change and entered college to study Chiropractic. 30 years later I'm still in Chiropractic, working with both people and horses, and teaching people how to correct their own and thei horses problems. I am married and between us we have six children and twelve grand children. I have been a mormon for the past 19 years. My passions are God, family, Church and horses, cattle and working dogs, and research into Chiropractic. I didn't go near a Church for about 27 years but this last 19 years has been some of the best time in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

They say you have about three encounters with the Church before you join. That was my case anyway. In hindsight, I met a couple of Church members while attending college; then when I graduated the Real Estate Agent who helped me find office accomodation was a member, and his sister who worked in his office. Apparently the sister was all the time trying to get me to go to activities but it went totally over my head. The third encounter was when I established an office in Sydney and met my current wife, who was then a member of about 12 years. I invited her out for a cup of coffee but when we got there she ordered a chocolate drink. She said it was to do with her religion. That was the first serious contact with LDS principles. The previous encounters I was aware that they had some dietary preferences but that was about it. While we were seeing each other she spoke very little of her Church. We had an older missionary couple serving in the area and while they were visiting my friend they were pleasant but didn't didn't say much to me. When they were leaving the area they asked if I would sit with the new young missionaries that were coming to the area. My comment was that no one else was telling me anything about the Church. The clinching thing was they asked me to read passages from the Book of Mormon, and then they invited me to pray for a witness that these things were true and indeed from God. Everything I have learnt from that point has confirmed that this is God's true Church here on earth, and that it was established by our Savior, Jesus Christ through His prophet Joseph Smith in 1830. Some years later we had a young missionary companionship in our home and they asked iof they could teach us and asked if we could act as if we were new contacts just investigating the Church. We found that we could no longer behave like that, which was a witness as to how much our lives had changed for the better.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by endeavouring to remain true to the teachings of the Church. Having faith in Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ I pray for guidance in all that I do on a daily basis; and have been blessed with knowledge and understanding in both church administration, my family and my work. I currently serve with the branch president in the administration of our local unit, but hav also served in a similar position in a district presidency, overseering a number of church units. We recently organized an open house in line with new extensions to our church building which was a great opportunity to mix with people of other faiths and to see the things we all have in common. On a daily basis I also read sections of scriptures to help me understand God's will for me and to give me direction in life. While I'm not yet perfect (who is) I believe my membership as a mormon has helped me to be a better husband, father and neighbour.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

TheBook of Mormon prophet, King Benjamin, said "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" Mosiah 5:13. To increase faith in Jesus Christ we need to learn to live as he lived. This means to study the scriptures, to understand his mission, to be humble and teachable by being obedient to God's commandments, to pray often for guidance and inspiration and be of service to others as Christ served others. Faith in Jesus Christ is not about what you can get out of this life, but about what you can become. Show more Show less