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Hi I'm Adam

From US, but now in UK by way of Japan. I work in a bank, but that just helps my real job as husband/dad. I am a Mormon.

About Me

After working loads of almost-interesting jobs, traveling, and spending way too much time as a professional student, I find myself managing translation and research publication for an investment bank. Not really me. The result of life without a plan, which I don't recommend! But despite my footloose ways, I have been blessed with the best wife in the world and two super-awesome daughters, and everything I do is about them. I live in a big, sparkly global financial and cultural center, so there is always a lot of exciting stuff going on. But what I really want to do after work is go home to my family. The job is to support them, learning is to better teach them, and my devotion to Jesus Christ is to make me a better husband/father for them. That may sound self-abnegating, but it's not. It's actually completely selfish. It's not an obligation it is my deepest pleasure and most fulfilling pursuit. I love film and music, but am no expert. Just like what I like. My fave directors include David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, and Wes Anderson. Music for me must evoke a mood, transport me somewhere a bit edgier, darker, more romantic or more exotic. I love Billie Holiday, Portishead, Tom Waits, The Replacements, Angelo Badalamenti, Dead Can Dance, Dean Martin, Beastie Boys, Mazzy Star, Pixies, White Stripes and Chris D/Divine Horsemen. If I had an extra hour a day, I'd get better at chess and learn about classical art.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is real, that He lives, and that because of his boundless love for us He took on unimaginable trials, challenges and sufferings to atone for our sins. I believe He is the only begotten in the flesh of our Heavenly Father, whose total omnipotence serves a perfect and personal love for each and every one of his children on the earth. The foundation of this testimony is the witness to me by the Holy Ghost of Christ's existence and divinity. This was a sacred experience, which I won't detail here. Suffice to say that at a time when I was searching for a proper direction in my life, and turning to the Bible for guidance, I was given a witness of the reality of the Savior's life, divinity, love and devotion to our salvation. Since then, by living in accordance with Christ's teachings, the Spirit has continued to confirm these things to my soul in a still small voice of comfort and assurance. Building from this essential truth, the choice of Christian sect for me is unavoidably the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's doctrines are the only ones that logically and historically conform to what I know from the Bible and from my heart to be the nature of our Savior. It's organization is the only one I know that conforms to what I see in the Bible. It's doctrines derive purely from what I read in that sacred, revealed work. To me, a God that is our loving father will want the best for his children. He will desire to teach them all he knows, and for them to attain the same happiness that He has. Just as he glories in knowledge, peace and love, so he wishes the same for his children. Just as He centers his work on his children, and rejoices in them, so he will wish them to find the same blessings in their own posterity. And he will want to extend to each and every one of them ample opportunity for salvation, whatever the circumstances of their birth and life. These assumptions lie at the center of LDS doctrine and practice.

How I live my faith

I work to make Jesus Christ the center of my life. I know I just said the center of my life was my family, but that is not contradictory in any way. I believe with all my heart that the main work the Savior has assigned me is the care of my wife and girls, and that nothing He asks of me will do anything but strengthen that. By loving them, I love Him, and vice versa. Another way I can serve Him (and thus them) is by taking an active role in the local congregation of His church restored on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What I mainly do right now is to work with people who have recently joined our church, helping them build from their foundational understanding and testimony of the Gospel, and also helping them find their own place within our community. The other side of my current calling in the church is to help the local members coordinate their efforts at sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our full-time missionaries. I see so much that is good and wonderful in so many other faiths, and I certainly recognize that Mormons hold no monopoly on reverencing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the only way given to return to our Heavenly Father. At the same time, however, I have a deep testimony that the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contain a fulness of the Lord's Gospel that is unique among religions. I am convinced that living according to the holy scriptures - the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and modern-day revelation passed on to us through contemporary prophets - is a sure path to peace and comfort in this life, and salvation in the next. So I get really excited about sharing this message with others, and helping others to do so as well by developing ways for the efforts of local members to complement the work of our missionaries.