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Hi I'm Chris Woodward

Born in UK, raised in Africa, studied and married in London. A Mormon since 1979.

About Me

Husband, father of six children, and grandfather of seven. I am an independent (now part-time) IT Management Consultant, mainly working as a software "quantity surveyor". Also a Borough Councillor since 2006 with "youth champion" hat. Schooled in Rhodesia (at Prince Edward) in the late 1950s and early 1960s; then did engineering at Imperial College. Loved touring with wife around Europe on our Pan European until a year ago; but now more confined to my car. Coastal sailing is a great love, especially off the Inner Hebrides. Love distance walking, when I can fit it in.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because I was absolutely certain God "called" me to be one. I was an atheist who, when encouraged to pray to ask God whether He was there, and whether the teachings of the LDS Church were "true" (i.e. based on real events), was initially very dubious. "I could just as well speak to that wall; it would not be any more effective", I remember saying. However, did I really want to know? Was I prepared to "experiment" with sincerity. After days of encouragement I finally began to pray with real intent. After days of continued, daily on-my-knees pleas, I began to have wonderful experiences. Suddenly it was no longer a matter of belief but sure knowledge that He existed, that Jesus Christ provided the only way to rid ourselves of the tarnish of past sins, and that the a Church had been formed to bring the truths of the gospel to man. I could not turn away now. Neither did I want to. True joy had entered my life. My marriage and family life was vastly enriched by this. I became resolved to try to be a better husband, father and friend; still a work in progress, by the way. Adopting the Mormon way of life was a joy, and certainly no hardship - e.g. smoking and drinking were easily set aside. After my wonderful spiritual experiences - much like Paul's Damascus road experience many centuries before (although I would not want to imply that I put myself on his pedestal) - I began earnest study and research; my intellectual side was beckoning. I read and studied both scripture and many other sources, such as the works of the old church "fathers" of the early centuries, the records of early Mormons, and also -dare I say it - many works by those who seemed to want to undermine LDS teaching. These all strengthened my understanding and firm faith in Christ and Mormonism. I have never regretted it, and although there is pain to be experienced on life's journey, as for all mankind, I remain firmly fixed in my faith that in the end it will all be worthwhile.

How I live my faith

I have served in many church roles since I joined in 1979 at various levels in the Kent and East Sussex area. Currently I am a counsellor to the local unit head in Tunbridge Wells. Most loved role had always been as a Sunday School teacher. I decided, once I began working for myself in 2003, to get more involved in my local community, where I have lived for nearly 40 years and where all of our children were raised. I settled for local government. Although not strongly political I felt this was my best way of trying to be an influence for good in my local community. It is also a great opportunity to learn about do many aspects of how local society works, and try to address needs particularly in more deprived areas.

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