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Hi I'm Warren

I am a born and bread South African. I work for an international company and enjoy helping others. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a dad. I am a convert to the church. My interests are my family, holidays with my family, going to the bush and the sea and in helping others. Other interests are watching sport i.e. rugby, cricket, motor sport, etc. My hobbies are scuba diving, golf and collecting things. Sports that i actively participate in are scuba diving, golf, cricket and squash. I like to read and enjoy books on nature, like the National Geographic and books on diving and sport. I enjoy music and love listening to my wife sing.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a convert to the church while dating my wife. I new from a very early age, around 12 years to be exact, that there would be something very special happen in my life that would allow me to touch others lives in a very special way, but i did not know what it would be. I tried many religeous groups but without anything happen until my wife invited me to a Sunday meeting in 2002. It was a fast and testimony meeting and bang my realisation from when I was 12 came upon me in a way that i cannot explain. As i listened to the members bare their testimonies I truly believe the Lord touched my heart and my soul to know that i had found what i had been searching for all these years. I invited the missionaries to my wifes moms home to teach me more about this gospel. I was taught all six missionary discussions within the week, I prayed about it even though I knew this is where I was meant to be, I was interviewed and then baptised a little while later. I truly believe and I am eternally grateful that I was touched and converted so quickly. Since my baptism I have been to the temple for my own endowments and I have been sealed to my wife. I have baptised my father and my mother and two of my children. I have been privaliged to have baptised other members into the church. I have had the opportunity to do my own family history work which has helped me bless my ancestors who have already passed on. Through the Priesthood which I hold I have had the privalige to give family and friends Priesthood blessings for sickness and comfort. I bare you my testimony that I know that God lives, that He wants us to live back with Him, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He lives, that He atoned for each and everyone of us, I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that our Prophet today is Thomas S Monson, who is called of God, I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Priesthood of God is upon this Earth, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Since i have joined the church i have held several Priesthood callings in my ward, stake and at our area office. I have served in the youth programs, i have taught our primary children, i have served and taught the elders of our church and i have served in various leadership roles. I currently serve in our ward with the elders and sisters and i also serve on the public affairs council at the area office. In all the years that i have been a member i have continually served our community and our members and have been extensively involved in public affairs. I have had the opportunity to be part of service projects with childrens homes, old age homes, animal shelters and the Cancer Association of South Africa. I am involved in organizing events both small and large. At ward level I am involved in the 2013 Helping Hands Project and at the area office I am involved as part of a team in organizing "The Family Symposium 2013", both of these events are major events. My wife and I with our family strive every day to be and to do a little better than yesterday. I try to live each day as it comes. I believe I am an honest and virtues man who only wants the very best for all those around me. I have come to understand that as you serve you grow closer to your Heavenly Father and so it has become very important that my family and I magnify our love for one another, our callings and in doing our home and visiting teaching. I live to serve the Lord in every way possible. I try to do more individual and family prayer and scripture studies. I love this quote and try abide by it every second of every day "The Lord came down to Earth to serve, we follow the Lord, therefore we too must serve". We are not perfect and we make mistakes but I know through the atonement of Jesus Christ we all have the opportunity to repent and this is something I try live by every day.

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

Warren
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed: The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) The special mission of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and the Son, to reveal the truth (Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5), to comfort us (John 14:26), and to sanctify us. He is a divine guide and teacher. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Warren
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is actively involved in teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently about 53,000 volunteer missionaries throughout the world share the joy they have found in the gospel. Most of them are young, single people serving full time for 18 to 24 months at their own expense. These missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Warren
God is the source of all truth. He loves you and wants to answer your questions. He will help you recognize the truth as you sincerely seek it and ask Him for guidance. You can know that what you’ve been learning is true (see James 1:5-6; Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4-5). ■Sincerely pray to your Heavenly Father. Ask Him if what you are learning is true. ■Continue to study and give thoughtful consideration to what you are learning. ■Listen with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will to whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. ■Follow God’s commandments so you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. You may have experienced feelings of peace, hope, comfort, or happiness as you’ve read. If so, you have already felt the Holy Ghost telling you that these things are true. Show more Show less

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

Warren
Children are a wonderful blessing. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Raising a child isn’t easy. In fact, it’s among the most challenging and all-consuming responsibilities we have in life. But good parenting is vital—to society and to the Lord. Both mother and father have a necessary and important role in the lives of their children. Parents’ work in the home will be more effective if their first priorities are God, each other, and their children. A home that is safe, where children can grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, requires faith and the best efforts of the parents working together (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). In such a home, children learn to love and serve each other. They learn to keep the commandments of God and to be good citizens. Such homes bless children and their communities. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Warren
The purpose of Church welfare is to promote self-reliance and to care for and serve the poor and needy. For assistance, recipients are encouraged to work (when able) so that they are blessed and can bless the lives of others. Work is a guiding principle in the Church's welfare program. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Warren
A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an individual by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a Mormon’s testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infinite Atonement; that Joseph Smith is a prophet, which God called to restore Jesus Christ’s church to the earth; that we are led today by a living prophet; and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored on the earth today. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Warren
In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and received divine authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Warren
Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this, the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.” Show more Show less

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

Warren
As you study the scriptures, you will grow closer to God and be better able to live righteously. Scripture study will bring you more joy, hope, and understanding of God’s plan and your place in that plan it. Jesus Christ invites you to “feast” upon His words (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 32:3). This means more than casually reading the scriptures. It means to study them, ponder them, compare verses, learn passages by heart, treasure them, delight in them. As you feast upon the scriptures, prayerfully asking God for understanding, the Holy Ghost will let you know they are true (see Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5). You will grow closer to God. Your faith in and love for Jesus Christ will increase. So will your desire to do good and to be like Him. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Warren
Our local congregations are called wards (or branches for smaller congregations). They are organized geographically and members attend a ward or branch near their home. Because in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all the teaching materials are consistent throughout the wards and branches, a person will be studying the same lessons no matter where in the world they attend church. The spiritual leader of each ward is called the bishop (or the branch president for branches). He is a member of the congregation who has been asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. A group of wards forms a stake, and the leader of a stake is a stake president. “Stake” is not a term found in the New Testament, but is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2). A ward or a branch is a community in which members develop friendships and help each other. Members try to follow the teachings of an ancient prophet who taught that when we are baptized, we are “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Warren
The Church has made the following public statement on multiple occasions prior to major elections: “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” Show more Show less