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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a Kiwi living in Indiana. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up about 30 kilometers away from New Zealand's capital city in a town of about 45,000 people. After serving a full-time mission for the church in the outback of Australia, I left the shores of the South Pacific to attend university in America. While studying at university, I represented 30,000+ co-eds as the Student Body President and then went on to work as an intern in the United States Senate. After graduating with a degree in business, I began working for a private company that specializes in chemical logistics. I also met and married Katie and we are both currently pursuing graduate degrees. We are the parents of one rowdy, but lovable child.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man, I had a choice. Although my mother had raised me in the church, after her separation from my father and along with my brothers and sisters, my family decided to stop attending with our local church congregation. The choice that I was faced with, as a self-conscious 10-year-old boy, to remain a member of His church, was not an easy decision. I struggled to find rides to the chapel every Sunday and then to youth activities during the week. I had to keep all of my commitments to live the Gospel even though everyone around me did not. Today, I remain a member of His church because the gospel brings me joy and peace--it always has. I know that in our world of ever-increasing turmoil, the things I learned as a boy and now as a man have brought me happiness and peace. I am a Mormon because I love my Savior and I know that he lives. This is His true church.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the choir director of my local young singles congregation and love it. Although I have no formal musical training, I've grown up around music and have sung my entire life. In fact, as a senior in High school, I was the lead male vocalist (opposite my mother who also sang lead vocals) in a nine-piece covers band. We performed songs from the 50s through to Top 40 hits around the Wellington region and at events around New Zealand. I was also recently asked to serve as an area communications director for our Stake in Texas. I help to open lines of communication with local media and opinion leaders on topics that are important to the church. I assist local leaders in developing and executing public affairs programs in the city.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Adam
Because there are so many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are organized into congregations called a "ward" or "branch." Although, wards and branches vary in membership size--from 10 people to over 1,000 people--these congregations are developed geographically and meetinghouses are located as close to ones home as possible. From within each congregation, a leader holding the priesthood of God is called to represent him locally. He helps to guide the congregation as a whole and also looks tends to individuals as the Savior would. Also, a group of wards or branches is called a "stake" and a similar leader is called to preside over each stake in the church. Growing up in my ward and stake really gave me strength as a young boy. The leaders and other members rallied around me when my family stopped attending. My local congregation showed me love and buoyed me throughout my hard teenage years and onto adulthood. I am extremely grateful for their support and kindness in my life. This is what a ward and stake were designed by God to do. Show more Show less