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Hi I'm Robin Knowles

I grew up on the East Coast of Yorkshire, England. I now split my time between England and South East Asia

About Me

I spent years as a Senior Compliance Manager in Financial Services before leaving to change direction. I now work in Further Education as a local college. In 2009 I established The Knowles Family Foundation, which aims to support individuals and projects in the Third World, and projects have been undertaken in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. A forthcoming project will be in Ghana, where a development aid will be donated to a local school. My passion is travel and I've been fortunate to visit many parts of the world, from the South Pacific, the Orient, the Carribean , Africa and South America to more local cultures within Europe. I spend significant time in the United States and South East Asia. I enjoy theatre and the cinema and also like to write.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the church when I was almost 19. I was at a stage in my life where I needed to make choices. I was quite a shy person and taking such a step was rather out of character for me. I sought out the missionaries and they introduced me to the church's teachings. My conversion took 3 months and was a very spiritual thing for me. It wasn't based on knowledge or logic, but very much on the basis of what I felt. One of the most powerful things a person can experience is when the spirit of God touches you and you know you can proceed safely without knowing the full reasons right away. Personal growth and development is a lifelong process and one of the key teachings of the church is that of self development and the pursuit of excellence. I believe in this and the fact that the only limiting factor on individual growth is the person themselves.

How I live my faith

Being a mormon isn't just a Sunday religion. I'm involved in keeping the records for my local church and I also deal with the finances. There are also many opportuities to visit people and to offer support and guidance. I enjoy teaching and helping people to find direction in their lives. Being a mormon means getting your hands dirty and I like being involved at grass roots level. It's possible to have a very close relationship with God and Jesus Christ and feel the spirit guide you in decisions and actions. When that happens, it's a very powerful experience