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Hi I'm Desmund

I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and is a father to 3 girls and two boys. I love spending time with my family and my hobbies include anything in nature that includes my family. I was a keen Fly-fisherman in my younger years before going to serve in the National Air Force as part of a one year conscription in our country. During my military service I competed at National level in athletics with triple jump being my main discipline. After that I started work at the only Nuclear Power Station in Africa and later recieved a license to be a Reactor Operator placing me in charge of one of the unit contol rooms at the station. During this time I played cricket at club level and was the team captain of my action cricket team that won many A-level tournaments. After 16 years in the nuclear industry I resigned and was a senior instructor for two years under contract before devoting all my time to a production company I had started in 2006. I now mainly sell sound and lighting equipment for the entertainment industry as well as rent the same to the market.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised a Mormon and consider this one of the greatest blessings in my life. I have been married before for just over 12 years. My previous wife's family was extremely opposed to the church after she started investigating. Life was never the same since then. I went inactive for 17 years and interestingly studied the church the most during this time. I had a firm testimony with so many unanswered questions. During inactivity I always remained true to the basic gospel principles but did not attend church. I can truly say that I built an even stronger testimony while being inactive. There where events in my life where I cannot deny God's hand, that brought me back stronger than ever and on the right path to happiness. I could not find any better way of life or truth out there in the world than that which I already knew to be true. Every bit of research and intensive study brought me back to the true gospel of Jesus Christ and this can only be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The undeniable care that my Heavenly Father has for me sent events on my path to bring me back. The happiness I now experience as a family cannot be expressed in words. The Gospel is full of everything we need for salvation. The best day of the week is a Sunday for me and my family. The only thing I can do now is to share what I have experienced with others. I have learnt that anyone is welcome in the Church of Jesus Christ no matter what their background or circumstances were. Mormons are not perfect people, but people striving towards perfection. We have been given all the tools by our Heavenly Father and it is up to us to use them wisely and dilligently. I find great comfort in knowing the plan for my earthly existance and the road to follow towards being an eternal family in the presence of our Heavenly Father. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the vehicle Jesus Christ is using in His Kingdom to achieve these eternal goals.

How I live my faith

I have been in various callings since I have been back at church. These callings are our way of serving in our Heavenly Fathers Kingdom. I have been involved in being the Bishops secretary as well as a councellor for the elders of my ward. I currently oversee the elders in my ward and oversee the brethren and their needs and assist the Bishop where he might need help. Serving has brought so many blessings to me and my family. I learn from my brethren every time I interact with them. We often meet on Wednesday's to discuss issues or needs and pray for guidance from our Heavenly Father in all we do. We encourage the brothers to visit families that are assigned to them on a monthly basis and ask them to give us feedback as to the spiritual and temporal wellfare of the families in the ward. We live what we believe on a daily basis. Our faith is our life. We strive to improve and learn every day. We see to the needy in our ward and in the community around us when we can. We strive to live by the Savior's perfect example. We attend Sacrament meetings on a Sunday where we can renew promises we made at baptism and learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I find strength from the brothers and sisters in my ward. They show care and concern for me and my family. We always feel welcome and loved.