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Hi I'm Simon

I grew up as one of eight children. I'm now a father of eight children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 20 I married my sweetheart who was only 18. Despite having little money and just a one-bedroom home, we started our family soon after. My wife was not a Mormon, but she had lots of questions and a desire to find the answers. She got baptised before the arrival of our first child. I worked hard to get on in my chosen career and we went on to have seven more beautiful children and thankfully bigger houses too. We are now just beginning to enjoy the amazing experience of being grandparents. However, our journey did have some twists and turns along the way. Our sixth child was tragically taken back home to his Heavenly Father, but our faith gave us the courage to press forward with a brightness of hope for the future. When I get the chance, I like to play football with the younger lads, and I now enjoy walking every day. I used to be a good swimmer and I need to start doing that again soon. I like to go camping at the seaside and try to encourage my family to come away with me from time to time. This world is really a beautiful place.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in prophets. I believe in prayer and revelation. I believe in truth and righteousness. I believe in honesty and integrity. I believe in marriage and fidelity. Perhaps, most of all, I believe in family. I believe that my life began before my birth and will continue beyond my death. I did not get the chance to see one of my children grow to adulthood, but I believe I will see him again, standing with my grandparents and my other ancestors back through the ages. Being a Mormon confirms all of these beliefs. My faith gives me a solid foundation, a clear direction, a real purpose in life, and the hope of a glorious future stretching into the eternities with my family by my side.

How I live my faith

I go to church with my family every Sunday. We sing, we pray, we learn. As a Mormon, we all get the opportunity to give of our talents to serve others by taking on one of a number of different roles, known in the church as callings. I have spent many years in church doing what I love most, teaching, both classes of adults and youth. We use the scriptures and the words of contemporary prophets to study things that will help us to be better people in our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities. We also share experiences to provide strength and support to one another and inspire us all to improve. Church is really like being part of a very big extended family.