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Hi I'm Chris

I would define myself by my marriage, my family and my Mormon beliefs. I live in England but think of Scotland as home.

About Me

I am married to Debbie. we have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. I guess my family would be my main "hobby". however I enjoy computing, reading, learning and visiting places of interest. I have been a Mormon for 35 years. I work for Lancashire police; have been an officer for 26 years, half within the Met. I served a mission for my church in Bristol, Cornwall and S. Wales. I did a degree in criminology. I love history and archaeology, aiming to study these after retirement. I am not now able to do front line policing due to a serious spinal injury. Recently I had major surgery, hoping for relief from pain and restriction. I find living the gospel standards enhance my ability to work in the criminal justice arena. the gospel teaches me to not judge others and to show respect for all, deal with the sin as opposed to the sinner. this has helped to deal with people and situations in a professional, caring way. it also gives me a more eternal perspective when dealing with some highly traumatic experiences. I have often had to deal with such and people within them, where I have helped them to look to the future rather than being fixed in the past or present. The gospel has helped me to have empathy and compassion for all. In return my career has given me personal strength, confidence, courage, skills in managing others and situations, with effective decision making and prioritising. I have specialised in teaching, this being a regular church role and key skill for me there too.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I believe absolutely by the witness of the Holy Ghost and the witness of multiple amazing experiences that I have had the confirmation of Heaven that this is the true church, this is where I need to be and how I need to live. I have learnt that this testimony is a living and growing part of our lives, it needs renewing and refreshing at regular points. As such I have had some amazing witnesses and confirmations of the truth of the gospel over the years, each however only hark back to that first time. The principles of obtaining further light and truth were the same and the effort the same. However I am of absolute faith that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, that God lives, that He knows us, he loves us and continues to watch over a guide us. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of the Lord and that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that by living by the principles of the Church a man grows closer to his Father in Heaven and finds a deeper happiness and meaning in his life than is possible through any other means. I know that it is the answer to all of the ills of the world. I am also aware that the Adversary and his host are real, and that in order to combat their influence requires effort and consistency and endurance. But ultimately, whatever the price in the eyes of the world, the prize is worth it, both within mortality but more importantly in the eternities. I have been a member for about 35 years. Over that time in work and life I have seen many other ways of living, many other faiths or absence of faith. I am left convinced and confident that this is the way my Heavenly Father wants me to live, this is the church he wants me to be in, that there is one way and one faith and this is the one.

How I live my faith

In the church none of the members who lead, teach, or otherwise help in the running of the programmes and administrative or ministerial aspects of the gospel are paid or professionals. All such roles and positions are filled by volunteers, assigned to such roles after prayer and a witness of the spirit. Over the last 35 years I have filled many such responsibilities. Serving in missionary work, local ward leadership within bishoprics, priesthood quorums and so on. But my main callings have been as a teacher at various levels from the younger children to the more senior of members. I currently have the assignment to teach those who are currently investigating the church or have recently converted to the church. All my callings have been wonderful experiences, but this one is especially powerful and a blessing to me. It involves me going back to the very basics and building blocks of my own testimony and the principles by which I attempt to live my life. Helping others as they consider or deal with the transition from the "ways of the world" to "the ways of the Saviour" is a privilege and has had the effect of building and reconfirming my own testimony. I know that as the principles and standards of the world continue to move further and further from those of the Saviour we stand out increasingly as peculiar and there is a risk that we are seen as critical of others or in judgement of them as we refuse to accept their ways of living. I am constantly mindful of this and seek always to let people I work with, live near or otherwise encounter, that the church is not like that, I am not like that. We are children of a Heavenly Father who loves us greatly, and expects me to deal with others in the same way.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

at the time that I was baptised and following this received by the laying on of hands the gift of the Holy Ghost, despite knowing little about this significant ordinance at the time, I knew as soon as the words "receive the Holy Ghost" were uttered that something very special, very real had taken place. I experienced the most amazing and awe inspiring feelings at that moment. A power filled me that I had never known, it was wonderful but at the same time quite daunting. As the years have passed this power has continued with me as i have been worthy through living a good life in accord with the principles and commandments of the gospel. It has provided me with courage, peace, assurance and comfort. I know from many experiences therefore that the Holy Ghost is a living and loving member of the Godhead, that we are like blind men stumbling around without his guidance and support. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

I grew up in a home without nurture, love or affection. In fact my father was a very dysfunctional man who was extremely violent and abusive. Worst of all was the withholding of any encouragement or natural affection and care. He was very often also psychologically and emotionally abusive. As such my life was void of any example in regards how to be a good husband and father. We were not members of the church. when in my later teens I converted to the church, I found myself surrounded by strong and loving families and good men who loved and were devoted to their families. Additionally I was to enjoy many sunday school and similar classes in which church teachings such as "no success can compensate for failure in the home" were taught. as such i paid attention, and now looking back on nearly 25 years of marriage and the bringing up of three wonderful daughters, that the teachings and support of the gospel has enabled me not to make the mistakes my father made, instead to create and sustain and wonderful marriage and to provide a loving and nurturing home for my daug, hters. I have made mistakes, often the source of which can be traced back to my childhood experiences, but the gospel has enabled me to "break the chain" and to create a foundation of love my children can work on. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

On first encountering this church, there were things that were instinctively acceptable to me and in accord with my core beliefs and principles. However as I learned more and experienced more of the standards of the gospel, I encountered principles and teachings that needed more work and effort to resolve in my mind and heart. Seeking a testimony of such truths and principles of the gospel, especially as the standards of the world move further away from these is not a one time event, it is a process you experience and work through regularly through life. When newly introduced to this church, one day I realised that I had reached a point when I had to know, one way or the other if the Church was right. If it was not, I would walk away, respecting the members but knowing that there was nothing there for me. To do so confidently knowing that the Church was not true. On the other hand I needed to know with a clear and irrefutable witness that the Church was true if I was to live by the admonition found in John 7:17 and that found in Moroni 10: 4-7. Only the scriptures can provide such knowledge and testimony. I began to study the scriptures with prayer and determination. Targeting topics of concern to me, probing and praying. I read other Church books “Truth Restored” and “A Marvellous Work and a Wonder” answered many questions. Such study and prayer brings the witness of the spirit and brings you closer to Christ. In time I was given my witness. This church is true. I know it. Show more Show less