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Hi I'm Chris.

I am a retired commercial manager, married with 5 children and, so far, 5 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for over 40 years. My wife and I have 5 children, all of whom are married and are active members of the church. I studied to be an electrical engineer but moved into the commercial management of power station construction and decommissioning projects. Over the course of my life I have visited a variety of countries around the world. I have found that all people are, basically, the same. I enjoy gardening, walking, visiting historical sites at home and abroad and learning new things. I believe that it is important to keep learning and to maintain a wide scope of interests. My wife and I share an interest in family history. This has taken us over much of the UK to find details, and led us to learn much about the history and social conditions of past years.

Why I am a Mormon

At a certain point in our early married life my wife and I were concerned as to what we should do about having our children baptised/christening, when they arrived. I had been brought up in another church but my attendance had lasped because I found that it did not give me what I was seeking. When the missionaries knocked on our door they introduced the Book of Mormon and invited me to read a small section. I saw no point in starting in the middle and therefore read the book from start to finish. I did not start to read it with the idea it was scripture, but I did read it as fact. When I first read the Book of Mormon questions arose in my mind that were answered with 3 pages. As I was taught about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ I found that all my questions and concerns were answered, without exception. This included the answer to the question over the baptism of our children; the answer was that children are not accountable before God until they are 8 years of age and therefore do not need baptism until that age. I have always been extremely happy with my membership in the church. It has expanded my understanding, provided direction and purpose to my life and given peace that I had never known before. It is truly wonderful to see the effect that the restored gospel has on the lives of people. I know that I am a better husband, father and member of my community as a result of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and that through the donations I make to the church's humanitarian aid fund I can help people in other countries as well.

How I live my faith

My wife and I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints together in 1975 and have always been active participants since that time. To begin with we were given responsibilities that helped us to understand more fully how the church functions and its purpose. This led on to opportunities to be of greater help to others as our understanding increased. I have served as the leader of my local congregation, and as the leader of a group of congregations, plus a variety of other support positions. These have given me opportunities to be involved with the full range of members - men, women and children from 0 to 100+ years of age and in all sort of circumstances. The focus is always on helping others to grow, overcome difficulties and find increased happiness. These principles have become a natural part of my life. There is no such thing as promotion in the church. We believe that we are called by revelation from God to fulfil a particular assignment for an unspecified period of time. When that assignment finishes we move on to something else. Although I have been a leader I remain happy to respond to the leadership of others whenever required, and to do whatever I am asked to do. I believe in being completely honest in everything I do, which is what the church teaches. This proved to be of great benefit in my working life and helped to avoid what could have been unpleasant situations.