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Hi I'm Roy

I live in York, North Yorkshire. I teach religious education to youth and young adults. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a dad. I teach religious education, though I have not always had a belief in God. Previously I have owned my own gentleman's hairdressing business and worked in the commodity styrenics industry. I love spending time with my family having fun and eating good food together. To offset my love of food, I am a keen runner and cyclist. I also enjoy music, a visit to the cinema, reading and writing poetry. I left school with no qualifications. However, in my teenage years I became a Mormon. I served a mission for the Church. Upon my return I found myself myself a wonderful lady to marry who inspired me to get myself an education. I studied English and History (with a Concurrent Certificate in Education) at university.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was seventeen years old. My family were not religious and so thoughts about a belief in God were never part of my life. When I was sixteen my parents divorced. My mother and I moved into a terraced house together. One night, whilst showing my friend my new home we stopped to chat in one of the empty rooms. He asked me if I believed in God. I had never thought about such a thing before. After our conversation I did think about it and even imagined what it might be like to attend a church service. As we spoke in that terraced house I felt something I had never felt before - a sense that maybe there was a God. Soon after I was introduced to a young lady who was a Mormon. We became friends. I remember vividly asking her about a picture I had seen in her home showing Joseph Smith and his visitation from God the Father and Jesus Christ. As my friend explained what I was seeing in the picture and how Joseph later translated the Book of Mormon and restored Christ's church back to the earth, I had yet another spiritual feeling. I can only describe it by saying that it felt like all that I was being told by my friend was something that I had heard (and accepted as true) before and that I was just being reminded about it. In other words, I knew for myself that what I was being taught was true and I believed every word of it. A few days later, I offered my first prayer. I asked if I should go to the Mormon church. A couple of days later, I returned home from work to find two Mormon missonaries at my door. My dad had sent them down to my house. Surprised, I invited them in and asked them some important questions that I had about God and the Church. As they answered my questions, I felt again a strong feeling that what I was being told was true. Shortely thereafter I joined the Church. I knew then, and I know even more so know, that the Mormon church is true and all that we claim it to be. You too can come to know this for yourself.

How I live my faith

I am currently the leader of the Church in the York area. With help from other Church members, I am responsible for all of the church members, church programmes, buildings, finances, activities, teaching and training for seven congregations throughout parts of Yorkshire. To do this I work very closly with the bishop of each of our seven congregations and other leaders throughout the area. It is a big responsibility. I do not do this full-time, but am a lay-minister. Like most local leaders in the Church, we also have full-time jobs. As part of my responsibilities I really enjoy visiting the members, particulary in their homes. I find that I do a lot of public speaking and teaching with my Church responsibility. I also have to attend lots of meetings. Meetings are never dull when you are talking about how to help people. Appreciating all who contribute in your meetings and enjoying the humour and company of friends can make a long meeting seem quite short. As part of my responsibilities I interview and prepare young people to serve as Church missionaries. What a thrill it is to see a young man nervously set off for some foriegn part of the world, worried about how he will master the language, and then to interview him upon his return, filled with confidence and a love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like all local Church responsibilities, I will one day be relieved of my duties and do something else in the Church. This will give someone else the opportunity and will enable me to serve elsewhere. Volunteer Church service is an important part of our faith. We all help out and contribute. Sharing the load not only distributes the responsibility, but also ensures that we all feel that we can make a meaningful contribution.