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Hi I'm John

I live in the beautiful Tweed Valley. I am happily married, enjoying fatherhood and work as a Physio Assistant. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my beautiful wife for over 5 years. We have a five year old boy. Together we live in one of the beautiful parts of the world, here on the Tweed. I grew up on the family farm, with three siblings, by very loving and generous parents, not far from here. As the 5th generation of founding settlers to this area, this is my home. My family are important to me. We do a lot of things together, both serious and fun. We live in a slightly messy, toy themed house, with a garden I delve into once or twice a week, surrounded by trees, and birds. I work as a Physiotherapist assistant and as a Assistant Nurse for a local aged care facility. I enjoy my work. I enjoy serving, and meeting the needs of the residents there, who collectively, do need support, friendship, respect, and care. In my past I could have been an accountant or entered the business field. I have happily chosen my path. I love to read, fantasy novels, but also anything that has a depth of humanity about it. I also enjoy gardening, singing, and playing games with my family. At the centre of my life, is my faith in Jesus Christ. It is the core of my family's life. Our hopes and goals for the future are uplifted and shaped by our faith in the Saviour and His love for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a memory of adulthood. I recall, during my university days, waking up one morning, not liking myself, not liking the direction my life was going, not liking who I was around, not liking what I was doing. With this realisation, I began a search for a better life. A more meaningful life. My search, took me around the world. I tried all sorts of things, read all sorts of books. James Redfield to Shirley Maclaine. I was a Buddhist for a while, and AIkido, as a way of living has its attractions still. Slowly over years, I was drawn to a Christian faith. I felt called to serve, and I have done so in the aged care field for ten years. I was prompted to walk the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage trail across Spain. I was there in May-June 2004. My faith in Jesus Christ grew. Settling in the UK, amongst the Geordies, I began to be a part of the Catholic community there, finding solace in the mass' I attended, without any real community spirit. I met my wife, a beacon of light, truly. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. Her church was both honest and warm. It was also confusing. It seemed to come from a very different source than anything else I had come across. And it held itself to be true, beyond and to a depth than any other religion. My wife and I grew in love, and married, just over a year after meeting. She conceived during our honeymoon. During this time my investigation of the Church deepened. Initially, and intermittently I rejected it. It was a lovely Church community, but strange. Slowly, my appreciation for the Church grew. I recognized their fruits, I was warmly accepted by the members of the congregation. FInally I had a moment I could not deny. The Holy Ghost answered my intermittent prayers for answers, just after our son was born. The Saviour's authority and power is held within the Church. It is His Church, led by His Prophet. These things I know, through the grace and very real love of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a family, we attend Church, every week, on a Sunday. On that day we strive to live simply, spending the time together. Sacrament meeting is THE moment of the week. Taking the bread and water, symbols of Jesus Christ's enduring and penetrating love, allows me to completely refresh and renew my life, every week. I am weak, just like everybody else. I communicate imperfectly, and easily I make wrong choices. My heart and mind rebel against the straight and narrow, and I can be overcome by an addictive urge. From my flawed life, I feel life flowing in me. My happy, peaceful life. We have our bumps in the road, the things that trouble and beset us. The past 4 years have been my most settled and loved, since childhood. And this comes back to the love, I feel, from the Saviour. He picks me up, and guides me, through scriptures, from prophets and leaders of the Church sharing HIs message. And sometimes from deep nourishing moments of revelation and stillness. I pray, I study the scriptures, nearly every day. As a family we do these things as well. We strive to put into practise, the teachings of Christ. From what we eat, to how we spend our money, to the very decisions we make every day, my hope is to be guided by Jesus's gift to the faithful, the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost brings guidance and inspiration to me, when I am calm enough to receive it. From disciplining my son to preparing a lesson plan for a potential a scripture study lesson I could give every Sunday ( This is my role at the moment, at Church, as a fill in scripture teacher), if I have the Holy Ghost present, with me, I am guided to do loving, grace filled acts, and am prompted away from what is harmful. It is not easy to live a Mormon life. But it is peace-filled. It is spiritual. It is a joyous life, and it takes the long view of why we are here, what can we do, and where are we going.