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Hi I'm Rhian

I grew up in Wales, UK. I work at a residential school for primarily autistic children. I'm a Christian and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Wales and went to a Welsh speaking school until the age of eleven. I married and had two children and spent some time living in the USA before moving back to the UK. Sadly my marriage broke down and I got divorced but was fortunate to meet a wonderful person to whom I am now happily married. I work in a residential school looking after pupils who primarily have autism which at times is challenging but ultimately extremely rewarding. I love the sea, body boarding, the countryside, clay pigeon shooting, eating out, playing the piano, walking my two crazy springer spaniels and especially spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was brought up in a christian faith, I always felt there was something missing and so eventually chose not to attend any church as I didn't think they were relevant to me or my life at that time. One Friday evening after a long day at work, I arrived home to find two "Mormon" missionaries on my doorstep, after my initial annoyance at being disturbed they were invited in with the idea of getting rid of them as soon as possible, ha ha that was a joke! To my amazement they had all the questions I had wondered about in the past but had never been given any answers to, poor things they were bombarded with questions for hours, they must have been exhausted. To cut a long story short I have never looked back since. Being a member of the church has got me through some extremely difficult times, gives direction to my life and an understanding and peace that I have never been able to find anywhere else. Although it's no longer "fashionable" to have a belief in God or Jesus Christ I have put them both to the test at various times in my life and they have always been there for me. As a member of this church I have been given opportunities to be a better person that I could not have got from anywhere else. The thing I love about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (nicknamed Mormons) is that I can go anywhere in the world, to any of our churches and they will be teaching exactly the same thing, an accomplishment in itself, but most of all the way the members care for each other, their families, their communities and the people they come into contact with whoever they are, the humanitarian aid the church gives worldwide is staggering - that to me is being a true disciple of Christ and that's why I'm a "Mormon"!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following the teachings given by Jesus Christ to be kind, patient and help others when I can, I don't always get it right but I keep trying! I enjoy attending church on a Sunday and find this helps me to focus on the week ahead, on things I can do to help me live my faith and be a nicer person to be around. Sometimes it's the small things that can make a difference to other people, I think a smile can go a long way so I try to keep one on my face often! At church I play the organ on Sunday and I also visit three ladies and give them an inspirational message each month and help them with anything they might need. I am also available to talk to anybody with any questions about the church under the missionary program.

Are Mormons Christians?

Rhian
The name Mormon is a nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As the name of the Church shows Jesus Christ is central to everything we do at church. The meaning of the word Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ, then "Mormons" are most certainly Christian as he is the very center of our faith, he is the head of our Church and our religion is based on his teachings. Without Jesus Christ we would have no church as the Book of Mormon is another testament of him and goes hand in hand with the Bible. Therefore yes Mormons are Christians. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Rhian
Members of the church believe that we are all connected as children of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that we should bear one another's burdens therefore when communities suffer major disasters wherever they may be in the world, the Church is prepared to offer assistance contributed by its members. This help has reached 147 countries and is valued at tens of millions of dollars annually. The aid given includes distributing food where needed, provides assistance such as volunteers to help in cleanup after disasters, the use of chapels for shelters as well as food, water and medical supplies free of charge. In addition the church funds and encourages projects that benefit stricken communities, helps people begin small business enterprises in their own homes and teaches self reliance. This free humanitarian assistance is given to anyone in need regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnicity or nationality. Show more Show less