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Hi I'm Stewart Butler

I'm a Mormon. I know it, I Love it, I live it. :)

About Me

I am married, I have 4 beautiful children, and I am also Grandad. Life's good :). I own 2 businesses, a shipping company which imports and exports parcels around the world. I also own a Health Club. I don't have much time to do any hobbies. Always seem to be working.

Why I am a Mormon

I wouldn't have it any other way. I am a convert to the Church. I was baptised 1996. I was taught the gospel by 2 missionaries, who shared with me The Plan Of Salvation, where I was taught were we came from, why we came to Earth, and were we will go after this life.It all seemed to make sense. Thats why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love being a member of the church. I try to live each day the Lords way. I can do better though. Thats why I have the gospel in my life.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Stewart Butler
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