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Hi I'm Kelvin

I was born in Canada, but lived in Australia since aged 10 months. I enjoy the outdoors and camping with family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man interested in the world my children are inheriting. I grew up in various parts of eastern Australia with a christian upbringing. Early childhood was in Victoria where I learned to enjoy tennis, snow skiing and Aussie rules football. Later in Queensland, I went camping, fishing and continued a range of various sports. After school and university, I have worked in road and bridge construction, and now in traffic management. Now family, gardening, camping and being with friends fills what spare time there is. I have 3 wonderful children at various stages of education. Their busy lives also requires time going from place to place but also gives me a chance to catchup with them. I enjoy being active and looking after my health (age must be catching up). I have an interest in developing a vegetable garden that provides a range of organic foods and learning more about traditional or natural medicines.

Why I am a Mormon

This life is great, but I grew up with some questions that mainstream education did not provide. Having only a vague and incomplete notion of God, I sought to understand things like what happens when people die. The answers left me empty and certainly did not feel like the kind of response a loving Heavenly Father would teach. I was taught to pray when I was young, however, the prays seemed repetitive and I was not sure how answers were to be recognised or received. When I was about 15, my parents listened to some Mormon missionaries and my mother felt that many of her questions had been answered. One day, I overheard a discussion between a missionary couple and my mother. They were discussing how our Heavenly Father answers prayers and how a person could know truth. At that moment, I felt as if some dots in a puzzle were being joined up and that a key to my gaining greater knowledge was before me. I also realised that while I did not have an understanding of many things, I understood, at that time, that the message the missionaries had been teaching my parents was of divine origin. There were reasons my then family did not progress to membership in the Mormon church, but the impression I had received never left me and about 6 -7 yrs later, I regained contact with some missionaries in the street and requested the ordnance of baptism and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Since that time, many many questions have been answered. I have married someone who also joined the Church later in life and together, we are raising our children with the understanding we now have. They will make their own choices as they get older, but they will do so from a deeper understanding of what their Heavenly Father wants for them.

How I live my faith

Living my beliefs has not required a huge sacrifice to the way I like to live. What is returned in terms of striving better to follow a gospel pattern for life far outweighs the level of commitment required. Activity in the Church has varied. I have served in various callings or positions in the Church. This has helped me to develop a desire to be of more help/use to other people. Serving in the Church has also helped me to appreciate others point of views. Many times, the opportunity to be with my family as we participate in Church activity has been rewarding and provided a common theme to raise issues for discussion. I believe the Lord's standards extend beyond just Church activity and more importantly provides guidance to how I should be in my family, work and other areas of life. Part of Church activity includes a program to visit each other and keep in touch. This allows more senior members and those with need to be cared for. I both enjoy the visits our family receives and the opportunity to visit others in this way. Would I trade the life the gospel teaches ? Not with the inner assurance I get that the Lord's path is a more sure path to happiness and spiritual security. It is a comfort to understand that all the good things I learned before I joined the Church can be kept. The gospel has expanded my views and given scope to grow and be more happy with myself. There is a place for everyone who accepts the Lord's invitation to seek His ways.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Your knowledge of God will be increased, and you gain a greater understanding of the Savior, and of His plan for our purpose in this life. A study of the Book of Mormon, Bible and other scriptures provides the answers to life's great questions and also shows the path or pattern for living that will bring us closer to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less