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Hi I'm Mark Gilmour

I'm a father of four, scuba diver & hiker, launched the 1st 3G and 4G mobile network in the UK & by the way I'm a mormon

About Me

I have 5 siblings scattered across Uk and Europe and although born in the north grew up along in the south of England where I live now with my wife, four children and mad springer spaniel. I love to go hiking in the mountains, a love I developed whilst as a missionary for the Church in Austria. In 2012 my son and o along with some friends completed the National 3 Peaks challenge, hiking the 3 highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in less than 24 hours. Another of my hobbies and loves is Scuba diving. I was introduced to diving by my wife 10 years ago, she had been a diver since a teenager. I like all sorts of diving and have dived the World War 1 fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney islands, it was like touching history. Each year we go to the Lizard in Cornwall and dive the reefs and wrecks there, a real highlight was snorkelling and diving with my children and basking sharks. In my profession I have been involved in the rollout of two UK firsts, in 2003, the 1st 3G mobile network and in 2012, the 1st 4G mobile network. I love gadgets and gizmos and am a bit of a geek, but hopefully a cool one. Did I mention too that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? I didn't, well that too.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony, which is the knowledge I have gained through my lifetime so far of experiences, feelings, impressions and study, gives me perspective, purpose and direction. Through a knowledge (which is far from perfect or complete) of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the associated plan that brings happiness in both this life and in the eternal realm, I get a sense of belonging and purpose. A feeling that I have value, worth and indeed a reason for being here, doing what I do on a daily basis and making the choices that I make. Ultimately my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ or being a mormon, makes me happy, enriches my life and brings me joy. This is especially evident when times are tough and the walk of life is more of a trudge or even a crawl due to relative hardships or difficult experiences to overcome. Having a perspective of this life being part of something greater and wider than even the most wonderful that this life and planet has to offer, really helps me when life isn't at it's most wonderful. I came across a great quote from CS Lewis who said "there are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind". This is why I am a Mormon, because no matter how great or bad life has been to date, the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that ultimate happiness and joy is available to all.

How I live my faith

My faith is intrinsic to who am I, it defines my values and principles and so defines how I am and want to be. Trying to act and behave and be as Jesus Christ Himself would be. I try and want to be helpful to others and give people something that is very precious in today's western society and culture which is time. I have had many opportunities to serve others in many capacities within Church and local service. As a 19 year I served a mission for the Church in Austria, talking to as many people who wanted to about Jesus Christ and the plan of happiness and providing service to communities across Austria. There I learned to speak almost perfect German, sadly I don't do so now, need to practise, That experience of being a missionary in Austria helped define for me a pattern of helping and serving others which has continued. Having worked with the youth of the Church for a number of years I am now a local leader for all Church members across Hampshire and IOW, with a little bit of West Sussex, I get to meet with members of the church and community often in large groups and one on one. It is very rewarding and I get to meet some fascinating and extra-ordinary people. It is a witness to me of Heavenly Father or God's love for each and every one of us His children. The most important place and way to live my faith though is in my home with my family.. If I can get right there most of the time, then I am very happy. Home is the most favourite place for me to be.