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Hi I'm James Spong

I was born in Cornwall England and emigrated to Australia 5 years ago along with our married children and families. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 6 children, 3 are now married and my wife and I are enjoying our young grandchildren. I trained as a commercial artist and set up my own graphics studio outside London England which I ran for 20 years. In 2004 I gave up my work and went with my wife and 4 of our children around the world for a year. While on our trip we stayed in Queensland Australia for 3 months and later made the decision to emigrate here and have been enjoying the sub tropics since then. I grew up in a family that liked to sing. I taught myself guitar and played in a band with good church friends for over 10 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Methodist, and typical of our times was sent to church while my parents enjoyed a bit of peace. I always had faith in the existance of God but was unsure of his character. Trying to understand who God really was led me to look into spiritualism. I concluded that I was dabbling in things that were better left alone. A good school friend tried to introduce me to his church but it didn't feel right. Thoughout my life my conscience has been a good guide. At 16, I began my 3 year diploma at art college in Essex England. While there I began to read books that espoused the idea that God was actually a spaceman who visited the earth in a spaceship. This seems now a crazy idea, but for a while, along with a lot of other people, I thought it to be a plausable conclusion. During this time I was introduced to the Book of Mormon by someone who used to be a good drinking buddy of mine. I discovered that he was an inactive member of the LDS Church. He started coming to college and telling us all about his visit from the missionaries who came to re teach him, his wife and family. In a way they were also teaching me without knowing it. Before long he changed his life and began attending church. I became curious and asked my friend, 'can you get me the Book of Mormon, but don't send the missionaries'. A week later the missionaries came. While they were at the door I intended to say, thank you for the book and close the door. Instead I invited them in and began to hear the power of their message. Although their message made perfect sence to me, I didn't regard myself as being particularly religious and I didn't want to change my life. However, I could not deny the truth of the things they taught. I agreed to be baptised and since that day have enjoyed a wonderful spiritual dimension in my life. So many beautiful experiences.....I am a Mormon and know our message is true.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed the opportunity of participating and serving in the church. We believe that members should serve in the church without pay. However, the joy and blessing we receive from doing so are payment enough. Every congregation (Ward) in the Church is presided over by a Bishop. I have spent the best part of my Church life serving as an councillor to the various Bishops I have had wherever we have lived. This means I have had plenty of opportunities to teach all age groups. Conduct church services and help with the general running of the Church. Our emphasis is always on our youth and helping them with their activities and spiritual development. The Lord expects high standards and the result is an outstanding group of young people who know how to have good clean fun and stay true to high ideals. It's a family centred Church we are there to support the family in every way. Although we look upon our Temples and Churches as sacred places, the home is regarded as the most sacred unit both here and in the eternities.