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Hi I'm Adam

I love walking and swimming in wild places, I’m an eco-socialist and pacifist, a husband and father, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural East Anglia, where flat fields of wheat stretched away to the horizon and to other villages under a massive expanse of sky. Now I live in Hampshire, an area of woodland and heath land. I love to be out in nature, hiking through the countryside, feeling the sun on my skin, or the bracing wind. It reminds me what is real and important. With such a big beautiful world out there, why stay indoors? I love swimming in lakes and rivers, often just as the sun is rising and the world is quiet, no one about except for the wildlife. It’s a spiritual experience, and helps me to feel that I am part of God’s whole creation, a fellow traveller with everyone and everything around me. I’m a bit of a hippie at heart. Realising the need to look after the Earth, and that all things are dependent on it for life led me to green politics. Mainstream politics just frustrates me, as it has no real answers to the biggest issues. Through time I have become an eco-socialist and a pacifist. I am interested in history and in visiting historic places, learning about how people have lived, and how their world became ours. And I have always loved learning about my family history. I know I am part of a long story, along with those who went before and those still to come. I love reading and music, both of which I can find very emotionally moving. I especially enjoy prog rock, classic rock and folk. I’m also a fan of darts, and feel strangely driven to play it, even though I am so bad at it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a loving home where I was taught good values. Also, although we weren’t religious, religion was talked about, and I was taught the Bible stories. As a teenager I felt driven to search for the truth. I studied all sorts of religions to look for it. Not just the religion I liked best, but the actual truth. Reading the Book of Mormon opened my eyes to the truth that God speaks to us today and that I could find out that it is true, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, by praying and receiving an answer through the Holy Ghost. Having done that, it followed naturally that I should join the Church. But this isn’t a one-time experience. As we continue to live the gospel, the Holy Ghost continues to guide and strengthen us and expand our understanding of what God is like, and how we can become happier.

How I live my faith

All church members can share in the work of the Church. I have served in different ways over the years, my favourites being as a Sunday School teacher and as a youth leader. I try to live by the principles of my faith all of the time. I look out for opportunities to help people. I work in a political organisation and am passionate about what I believe in. This can easily lead one to be angry at opponents and consumed in bitter arguments. Being aware that every person is a child of God and that I have my faults like everyone else helps me to be more considerate and respectful of others’ opinions, and disagree in an agreeable way. It also helps shape my political views and involvement, wanting to work for the good of all. Religious people don’t have the monopoly on kindness, but my beliefs help me to be kind. I am grateful for the gospel teaching about the importance of families and for all the support the Church gives me in being a good husband and dad, and helping my daughter to have a good joyful life, to be honest and compassionate, and to know her worth as a child of God. We learn gospel principles together as a family every day, and strive to make our home an uplifting and happy place where we can all feel safe, loved and nurtured. We love visiting the temple together to feel the peace that is there and to help us see things from an eternal perspective.