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Hi I'm Elder Callum McKeown

I'm from Yorkshire, England. I'm an Artist. I'm serving as a full-time missionary in New Zealand, Auckland. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an artist, a keen sportsman (rugby, football, badminton... etc) and writer. I’ve been in a few indie/rock bands - I love my music! I'm serving in the New Zealand Auckland Mission, it's the focus of my life for the next two years. I love to serve people, and the best way to do that is by sharing the Gospel that has given me so much hope and direction throughout my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the Church by my amazing parents, but the decision to come was always mine to make. My testimony began when I was about seven years old, when I finished reading the Book of Mormon - that’s when I knew I needed to know for myself. I prayed about it and had such a powerful witness, that I knew it was true, and I cannot deny it. The Gospel has given me so much happiness and direction in my life. I know, without a doubt, that families and friends can be together forever. I want nothing more than to see everyone again, and we can through Jesus Christ's Atonement. It is that hope that leads me on. I know it is true. I know that anyone who honestly wants to know too, can pray and receive this witness. I can testify that those who do this; that their lives will change forever. God is my loving Heavenly Father, He lives and answers prayers. He has answered so many of mine. I know this is not evidence for anyone except me - it is personal - but I know it to be true. This is Christ's Church once again restored to the earth with the Priesthood power.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving a mission, so I live my faith by full-time service! As a missionary we offer to help everyone we come in to contact with and, most importantly, share the Gospel with them. I'm living the faith all day, everyday by telling everyone in New Zealand about the incredible blessings that have come to me and my family through my faith in Jesus Christ.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Elder Callum McKeown
We are instructed to keep ourselves physically clean. We don't partake: ■Tobacco. ■Alcohol. ■Coffee and tea. ■Illegal drugs. By not taking any of these, there are both spiritual and physical blessings. We are free from the obvious health risks (and those that we may not even know about yet) and our capacity to feel the spirit isn't affected. We are asked to try to be healthy in general. It's common sense really, we just need to be careful and not do anything to our body that will damage it. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Elder Callum McKeown
Like all things in the gospel, there are both spiritual and temporal blessings to reading the scriptures. If you are ever in need of encouragement or have a question/problem (in terms of testimony), the scriptures have all the answers you need. Pray before and after, ask to receive the help you need and you will get it. I was struggling at one point, with balancing work and school and church in my life. I prayed and opened the scriptures to 2 Peter Chapter 1:10 - ''give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.'' I had to focus on my callings and being a good example. By doing this, you can't fail or fall. Through reading you can receive personal revelation which can help you overcome anything. But even without that, there are other benefits. By reading the Book of Mormon, I developed my reading and drawing skills (as a family we read everyday, and drew a picture for every page). By studying, you can increase your capacity to learn. Show more Show less