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Hi I'm Dave Birch

I grew up on the Wirral, played rugby, enjoyed scouting, met my wife and became a Mormon at the age of thrity five.

About Me

Hi, I am married with a great wife and two fine children, I also now have three grand children who are growing so quickly. I have worked most of my life in telecommunications in the area of business continuity. my hobbies include fell walking, I particularly like the Lake District and Snowdonia although I was very pleased that I walked the highland way up in Scotland, more recently I have discovered canal holidays. Travelling on a narrow boat gives a wonderful perspective on a previous life style before the hustle and bustle of life today. Last year I took up jive style dancing that, as well as being fun, does keep me fit. During my life I have always worked with young people, first in scouting and more lately through the Church youth program. A few years back I bought a motor bike - it's a 600 Suzuki Bandit, I do not travel as far as I would like to on it but there is a certain amount of freedom in an early morning trip out.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother taught me as a child about Jesus and the work he had done preaching and helping others. My early church experience was OK and I was a brought up in the Church of England faith. I did however find it difficult to understand why there had been no further prophets in the last 200 years and could not fully understand what life was all about. Where did we come from, why are we here where are we going to go to when we leave our mortal existence. However like most people I just stayed loyal to what I knew. My wife had joined the Latter Day Saints Church when she was sixteen although she had not attended regularly for some time. However her brother and mother both did attend and had given my name to the missionaries for a visit. I was 33 when the two sister missionaries knocked on the door and were invited in. For the next six months I attended the local chapel, was taught the answers to all the questions I had and was asked if I wanted to get baptised. There were a few requests that were made of me all of which I embraced and have, I believe, made me a better person, husband, father and friend to those I know. I attend my local LDS Ward regularly and accept the roles that the BIshop asks of me. Currently I work with the missionaries introducing people who have an interest to know more about the gospel and how following the simple requests of our Saviour Jesus can enrich your life and the lives of your family and friends. Those questions I had about where did we come from why are we here and where are we going have been answered through the principles of the Plan of Salvation. Once this plan was explained to me it was like turning a switch on and whilst I have much more to learn I had a firm foundation upon which to build my testimony of our heavenly Fathers desire that we return to live in the Celestial Kingdom once our time on this earth is over and that we can do so with our family and friends around us.

How I live my faith

Since being baptised into the Mormon Church I have been asked to carry out many different roles.Because of my passion for working with young people I have often worked in the Youth program. This includes not only teaching about the gospel to the youth on a Sunday but also a weekly meeting in the evening where the program develops the young people spiritually, physically and morally. I particularly enjoy the annual camps where there are so many excellent activities from canoeing to hiking, Laser Quest to camp fires and good old fashioned sing-a-longs. I have also worked with the primary children who always seem so excited by what they are taught and look for ways to tell others about their faith. Each month I go out with another gentleman and we visit three or four families in their homes to make sure they are well and also to take a message from our Bishop or from the First Presidency. These visits can also result in service projects from gardening to painting or just to listen to how people are. I have often been asked to participate in the meetings on a Sunday by giving a talk on a Gospel principle. For some this can be quite chalenging but fortuneatly during my career I have had to talk in public. Howeer the talk does need to be prepared so that it is of interest to the congregation.