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Hi I'm Owen

I belonged to the Salvation Army for 16 years, I am an Electrician who now Teaches apprentice Electricians at College.

About Me

I have had an interesting life, I studied Engineering and for the last 2 years at school I worked after hours building machines for customers. I spent my first 2 years after school in the military, I joined the Special Forces and trained up as a practical Doctor, I enjoyed performing operations and wanted to become a Surgeon. Due to family poverty, I could not afford the university fees; I qualified for a government sponsored programme to become an electrician. Two years later I was a fully qualified Electrician. I used the money I earned in my electrician job to continue studying at night classes, because I wanted to be a qualified Electrical Engineer. I did not complete these studies due to Immigrating to the UK. I spent the first 3 months on my own in the UK finding a Job and setting up home. As a family we had a small budget that supported me in the country for the first 2.5 months while my wife and children were back in South Africa. My money ran out just as my first pay cheque arrived that was sufficient to support us as a family. Here in the UK, I had to re do some electrical qualifications while working as an electrician, then attended university for 2 years to get an HNC qualification Mechanical Engineering. As an electrician I have worked on some landmark sites in the UK: Terminal 3 Gatwick Airport and Terminal 5 Heathrow. For the last 4 years I have been teaching Electrical trade theory and Engineering at a local college to Level 2 and Level 3 students.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16 years old, I came to the conclusion that the Bible was dead. All the Bible stories were about Angels visiting people and miracles were not happening today, it was all lies. The next 4 years of my life, I never attended church, stopped praying or read from the scriptures. I was visiting my girlfriend and the missionaries knocked on the door, the Mom asked that we receive the six missionary discussions. They came back the following Monday and gave the first discussion about a young 13 year old boy in 1820 had questions about which church was the true church and how Jesus and Heavenly father visited him. I immediately knew this message was true, and that heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are true and real. I have since experienced many Miracles in my life and have heard many accounts of angels visiting people in these days. The Gospel of Christ is alive. I have read and studied from the Bible many times, and have also read the Book of Mormon twice cover to cover. I presently study and teach from both Books on a weekly basis. In my experience I have found that the Book of Mormon is accompanied by a sweet spirit that it has brought me closer to God than any other book upon the face of this Earth. I love the Bible but sometimes find it confusing because a lot of the stories are in parable form, but the Book of Mormon teaches all the same principles without the confusion of parables. It is plain and simple to the understanding and helps us believe more fully in Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Take the challenge and read the book for yourself. Each time, before reading the Book, Have a little prayer and ask Heavenly Father to let you know if these things are true? I promise you He will answer your prayer.

How I live my faith

I do not consider myself to be a perfect Mormon; However I try to do my best under the circumstances, family and work take up a lot of my time. I have held various callings within the church over the last 20 years. At night I read from the bible and the book of Mormon and have my personal prayers. Each day I try to be helpful to and honest with everyone I meet and work with; I am just a normal person who believes in Jesus Christ and wants to go to Heaven when I leave this earth. Within the Church I was involved in organising the Young men’s activities for just over a year and a half. It was fun being able to work with and get to know the young men of the church aged 13 to 17. I prayerfully prepared and taught their Sunday lesson as well as helped in the organising of their Thursday evening activities. We would have a Pizza and planning night, where under our direction the youth would decide on the next 3 months activities. There were: games nights, educational nights, service projects, show your talent nights, family history researching nights as well as camping and outings. In the summer, most of the activities were outdoors, unlike the colder winter months. My 13 year old son looked forward to the Thursday activity with anticipation some evenings he brought his school friends along to join in the fun and games.