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Hi I'm Mel

I'm a 5th Generation Mormon who lives in Australia. My descendants now make us 7 generations of Mormons in Oz. I have my story.

About Me

I am in my mid 50's, a fifth generation Aussie with German ancestry . My wife and I have been married soon for 30yrs. She was my sweetheart for 5 yrs before becoming my wife in 1981. I am a professional, owning and managing my own tax accountancy practice. I have graduate and post graduate qualification and hold membership in several professional associations. I enjoy spending time with my grand children and my married children. I play a little squash but my knees are not keen on this anymore. I also love to fish and at present without a boat, so i am now a shore fisherman.I have spent the past years working with the youth in the programs of the Church and really enjoyed this. My past skills from being in Scouting and as a scout when young helped me formulate programs, activity and skill building for the boys. My newest hobby and also aiding me to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors a little more is geocaching. I love the outdoors, I love a view from the top of a mountain & I love the sea. I also enjoy some body surfing when I can and tend to me a little more cautious now than when I was younger in my selection of waves to catch. At present i am having a battle with skin cancers and melanoma's and happily winning the fight. Not fun but life is great. I love helping my clients organize their finances to build wealth, pay less tax and provide for their futures. I enjoy the passage of life with its up's and down's and have learned lessons, sometimes the hard way.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess my membership in the church was automatic as my parents were members, as were there parents & so forth. I went to church as a young child, a child, a youth, a young adult and then as an adult, a married man, a young father, a mature father and now as a Grandfather. Now you may think I had no choice but that would be wrong. It is because I was taught standards, obedience to commandments and laws that I do have a choice between what the world offers and what I have. Because I have had the chance to live this way I know what blessings and joy I have had and feel. I see what else is offered and this is far, far less. When I was 19yrs old, just before I was about to embark on a 2 year mission for the church, I remember most succinctly after packing my bags ready to fly out the next day, sitting on the end of my bed and the thought coming to me " what are you doing? Your about to leave for 2 years and leave behind your family, friends and girlfriend. Your about to use up all of your savings to fund your mission that has taken years and years to save." I thought I already knew that the Mormon Church was true and I wanted to share that message with others, but doubt now replaced previous faith. So I knelt down again at the side of my bed, with bags packed beside me and asked God, our Father in Heaven again if the Church was true, If Joseph Smith was a prophet and should I go on my mission. I waited not long before I received an answer of assurance, warmth and contentment. My fears and doubts were swept away. Now this experience was not the first nor was it the last time I have had my doubts exchanged by testimony and knowledge, but this experience very much was at a major set of crossroads in my life. Yes, my sweetheart did wait for me and we now have been 30ys married. Being married in the temple gives me assurance that if I am righteous and we want it so, I can be married to my sweetheart Lyn not just for this life, but eternity & have our children also with us.

How I live my faith

The Church is made up of lay leaders. We all during our time have the chance to serve in a variation of ways. I remember as a young person being taught by lovely teachers in Sunday School & the youth program. I also have done this during my adult time. I have enjoyed teaching both the young people and also adults. I have served a mission in Western Australia and look back on this as one of the greatest experiences of my life. Over the past 20 years I have enjoyed the challenges of working with other Leaders in the Church helping them to develop and improve as ministers of Christ. At one time I travelled to visit branch's of the Church in Regional Qld including remote regions such as Balcaldine and Thursday Island, the very North of Australia. I just spent the last 4 years helping 12 & 13yr old boys learn about themselves and Jesus Christ. I enjoyed the Sunday and spiritual times and also the rough & tumble of hikes, camps, mountain climbs and surfing with them. At present I serve in the temple and help members who attend have a sacred experience.