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Hi I'm Louis

I am from Manchester, England. I am a football supporter. I am a Christian. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with my mum and my brother in Manchester, England. I have played and watched football for most of my life and have been an season ticket holder at Manchester City FC for many years. I love music and some of my favourite artists were local bands including The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The Verve. I have been to many of their 'gigs'. I also love Motown and Soul music. I was a DJ when I was younger which allowed me to get paid for doing my hobby! I am married and have 5 children. I work as a consultant within the food and events industries. I am passionate and committed to continual improvement both professionally and personally. Work has allowed me to travel to various places around the world. I love working within the community and especially working with young people. I find these things very rewarding, fulfilling and inspiring.

Why I am a Mormon

Simple. I am a Mormon because living the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy and gives me peace. If it didn't I wouldn't bother with it! I can't really write how I feel in words and do it justice - you have to experience it and feel it for yourself. It's really about feeling His love and then sharing it. Being a Mormon has helped me become self aware. It facilitates the battle with self and the ability to change. This can be uncomfortable at times! I love that battle because I want to improve and overcome the natural man within. I have found that when I come unto Christ, His enabling power helps me achieve things beyond my own abilities and expectations. The gospel has all the tools to become a better son, father, husband, employee and citizen, a better Christian. These are some of the things which give me self esteem, peace and contentment. I embrace the church's values around family in a world where the family appears to be under attack. The church offers a haven for families - this is priceless to me - and I will do whatever I can to safeguard and protect my own.

How I live my faith

My faith is built on 3 simple things that anybody can do - 1. Prayer (Speaking to God) 2. Scripture study (God speaking to me) 3. Striving to help others through kindness and service. I find that if I do the first 2 things well, I am at one with myself and can make better sense of all that I need to do. There are so many ways to exercise the 3rd step. Service opportunities abound in our church if we are willing to serve. As a church community we hold community clean ups, improvement projects etc. We visit care homes, help charities, look after the elderly, the poor and needy, we support those who are unemployed, those who are struggling with loss, addiction. We teach. The list goes on. It is hard sometimes to find the time to do everything, but it is very rewarding and gives a great sense of peace and happiness. In doing these things I have found myself. This is the essence of Christianity. This, in my experience, is the essence of happiness. Being a Mormon has exposed me to service in a way that I probably wouldn't have experienced had I not been in the church.

What is being a Mormon like?

Like anything worthwhile, it is a struggle at times, but extremely rewarding. With everybody being so busy these days,it is sometimes a challenge to get work / life / church balance. However, we strive to do what we can and, with God's help, generally things work out for the best. Following any faith can be a lonely road as discipleship will always be. For example, you have to be prepared to stand up and be counted. Sometimes people will laugh and mock my beliefs and views on morality, but that's the norm when anyone stands for truth. It can feel like swimming against the tide, but I know I am not swimming alone. You will need moral courage. The best part about following my faith is the sense of peace and joy we feel at home as a family. Being a Mormon has ups and downs like everything we do. However lasting peace and happiness comes at a price that in my opinion is a price worth paying. It's a no-brainer because for me there is no alternative to true and lasting happiness. I recommend this way of life - challenging as it may be at times. Show more Show less