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Hi I'm Simon

I am a retired schoolteacher, father and grandfather and live in England. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated in physics 40 or so years ago from a university in the north of England and after a few years working as a medical physicist in Ireland served as a Latter Day Saint missionary in South Africa. Upon my return to England two years later I qualified as a secondary school science teacher and continued in that profession until my retirement. My father was an airman all his working life and much of my youth was spent living in various locations around the UK as well as having a couple of years in Singapore. I was baptized into the Church less than a year after my graduation from university while working in Ireland and owing to there being no baptismal font in Cork at the time the ordinance was performed in the Atlantic waters off the south coast of Ireland. After returning from South Africa I settled in England, married and now have five children and one grandson. By way of recreation I enjoy rambling, reading and listening to music particularly the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland

Why I am a Mormon

I have had a belief in Christ since my childhood though I was never a confirmed member of any church until my conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when in my early twenties. This followed a period of investigating different churches and beliefs as well as a study of the Bible At length I promised the Lord in prayer that if He would show me the right church to join I would do so. Some time later I met missionaries from the church and commenced meeting with them. When they told me about Joseph Smith's struggle to find out which church he should join I felt a kinship with him because his concerns mirrored my own and I felt a peace and assurance that he was telling the truth. When the discussion was over I knew that he was indeed a prophet of God and the church was true. In the following meeting they taught me about the purpose of life and the nature of man. Until then these verses in the Bible had puzzled me greatly:"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:.." John 9:1-3. What had puzzled me was that the question implied that the man could have sinned before he was born and the Lord's reply seemed also to acknowledge that possibility whereas to me such a question made no sense at all. How could anyone sin before they were born? The gospel of Jesus Christ restored through the prophet Joseph Smith cleared up this question and many others besides.

How I live my faith

To a large extent my faith defines my way of life. Its teachings and doctrines have given me a perspective of life and the world about me which has helped me to make sense of and have hope for what otherwise could have been a confusing and demoralising world. Service to others is an important part of living the gospel and as a Book of Mormon prophet - king said "..when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". My membership in the church has provided me with many opportunities for service to others including teaching both adults and youth, visiting both individuals and families as their home teacher and presiding over various groups within the church. As parents my wife and I have tried to raise our children to be good neighbours and friends to those around them and hope we have set them a good example. Though being far from perfect myself I do believe that through the repentance and grace granted us by the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ it is possible to overcome temptation, endure adversity and improve in character.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Simon
A Book of Mormon prophet called Jacob put it this way : "For as death has passed upon all men, to fulfill the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by reason of transgression; and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord." A Savior was needed to bring us back into the Lord's presence. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Simon
A Book of Mormon prophet called Alma answered this question. He said "Now we will compare the word unto a seed." and went on to explain that if we will plant this seed ie the word of God in our hearts and nourish it it will swell, sprout and begin to grow. As it does so it will strengthen our faith. This was illustrated in the experience of Joseph Smith. When he was confused and didn't know what to do he read James 1:5. He said it entered with great force into every feeling of his heart. This was the planting. He then reflected on it again and again. Here was the nourishing. He then went from confusion to conclusion to determination. Here was the growth and his faith was then equal to the challenge he was facing. It began when the word of God was planted in his heart. Study, ponder and pray about the scriptures. Show more Show less