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Hi I'm John Giles

I'm a chartered surveyor, husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have grown up in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints surrounded by wonderful faithful people who have taught me to love the Lord and His gospel. I am a priesthood holder who is called to serve locally in looking after a few families and within the wider church area by serving on the high council. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, I love living it, teaching it and sharing it with others. As I served a voluntary mission for the church I spent time finding and teaching people about Christ and encouraging them to find out for themselves if what we teach is true. During that time my faith deepened and my love of people blossomed. I determined then that I wanted to find a beautiful faithful young lady to marry - one with who I could forge our own home full of love, faith, laughter and happiness. I am so grateful that I have been able to do that with my wife Karen. Life can be challenging, we are not rich in physical things but with a shared faith, a love of God and a belief that what we are doing is right - we have a wonderful life, a loving home, full of laughter and friendship. I am a chartered surveyor by trade. I find great satisfaction in my work, in finding out problems and solving them, in turning things around and making buildings work better. But as much as I like my job it can at times can be very demanding - and I am conscious of the need to protect my family life, to support that which is more important and everlasting.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in the church I was surrounded by those who believed the gospel was true and who encouraged me to live it. As I grew older I found that I needed to find out for myself whether that which I had been taught was true - I had to find my own faith and not just rely upon the faith of others. I had to know if this was true - it was just too important to be left to chance, and living it was proving to be too difficult to do without some spiritual witness to support my faith. Within the Book of Mormon there is a passage where the prophet Moroni challenges all people who receive the book to read, ponder and pray about it to find out if this book is a true book. Moroni promises that if they would do that with a sincere heart desiring to really know the truth - they would receive an answer. I decided to do this for myself and can honestly and reverently confirm that the promise made by Moroni is true. Its true!! What a wonder to know, what a blessing to my heart and mind. As I prayed to know if the book was true - if the messages and way of life as taught by all of these good people was right - I felt the spirit witness to my heart that is was true, I felt the peace that God promises, I knew it was right, I knew I had a decision to make - what was I going to do with this new found knowledge? I am fortunate to have had a number of 'spiritual' experiences. These experiences have led me to know that there is a God, He does love and care about us (and me) and that there is a purpose to life. Because I know these things in my mind and especially because I know them in my heart I want to live them. Why am I a Mormon - it's simple - it is true - what else can I do than strive to live it in my life, my home, my work and my community.

How I live my faith

I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and so my life is directed and lived in such a way as to be obedient to what I know about that gospel. I firmly believe that the gospel is not some unearthly, otherworldly, irrelevant message for aesthetics and weirdos, but that it is at its core THE life to bring deep and abiding happiness and love. Because of that I strive to live it to the fullest. Nothing comes free in life, including faith. I know I need to nourish my soul and the spiritual witnesses that I have had that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. As Jesus has said I need to follow Him. I need to help others, love them and where possible teach them the truth by action and where necessary by words. I strive to always live the values of the gospel in home, work and play. I believe in being honest, true and diligent in all that I do and this is shown in how I do my work, how I love my family and in spending time in serving within the church and the community. I enjoy spending time in lifting and supporting others - be that in physical things, emotional matters or with spiritual support. I am currently a home teacher to 4 single parent families and I love assisting them, and in using my priesthood to bless them, their homes and their children. With my wife Karen we have set habits and family traditions of the gospel that we have learned from the scriptures and the good families around us (both within and without the church). Such activities as spending time together as a family, in saying family prayers together, in serving together to help others and such like. It enriches our lives and brings us closer to those who we serve and to God. I find great inner peace and contentment when I spend time studying the gospel and when I honestly pray to my Heavenly Father. I know that He knows me and my family and is anxious and interested in our welfare and progression. I feel His hand in my life frequently, and I love it.