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Hi I'm Simon

I grew up in London, moved to North Wales and now lecture in Architecture. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like mountain biking when I have the time particularly with my sons'. One of them is a missionary in London and the other is soon to leave to serve in Utah. Our family love watching films and taking walks in the mountains and along the beach that is close to our home. My wife works caring for adults with special needs and providing respite for Jewish mothers' at a local retreat by looking after their babies. I lecture at a local college teaching architecture and CAD/BIM and have the pleasure of cycling along the coast to get to work. On many occasions the views lift my heart and strengthens my belief in God.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was a little child of five or six. They went through a period of inactivity fortunately my brother had returned from his mission and took me to church on Sunday for a while until I was about fourteen then I after he was married and had moved away I would walk the three miles to church, mainly to see my friends on a Sunday. Whilst I was there, a teacher of the young men, the same calling that I have now, taught me about how we should think of Jesus Christ as we partook of the Sacrament. It was a powerful lesson and I decided that rather than chat at the back with my friends during this sacred time I would focus on my savior Jesus Christ's experiences'. As I did so I had the strongest confirmation that the events as described in the Bible were true and that Jesus was my God and my redeemer. After this sacred experience I read the Book of Mormon for myself and prayed concerning the truthfulness of the record and received further witnesses that the resurrected Christ had visited that continent and that the record was true. Later I agreed to serve a mission and was excited to discover that I would be serving in Utah Salt Lake City South Mission as it was way back in the 80's. Now to have my youngest son called to the Utah Provo mission is just thrilling. This is the church of Jesus Christ as he has established it in our day through living prophets is my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the leader for our young men in our small branch which is real fun. One of the things I love about the church is that you can be called to serve in any capacity. I remember one of my presiding authorities was called to the same position as this shortly after being released from what many would consider a high profile position in the area and he loved it too! Such humility and dedication to serve is at the center for many of those who give freely of themselves as they serve in the church. I love the one night a week that we set aside as a family to talk about the gospel and spend time together as this draws us closer together as a family. We love to attend our temple whenever we can for the same reason where we feel God's love more keenly and the Holy Ghost brings peace to our hearts and strengthens our love for Jesus Christ and each other.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Simon
From a professional perspective I would not like someone to put my name to a design that was not mine even if it looked the same. Many Christians know that baptism is essential for salvation and so perform the ordinance in the way which they believe to be correct and for all the right reasons which is wonderful that so many people want to dedicate their life to God. As good as all that is the qualifier has to be authority. In Acts we read that Simon sought authority from the apostles and was reprimanded for offering money to purchase it. He recognized that only authorized servants bestowed priesthood authority by the laying on of hands which requires physical contact. Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey were recipients of both the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods from resurrected beings; namely John the Baptist and three of the apostles of the church organized during Jesus ministry, Peter, James and John. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Simon
I believe that the definition of marriage has been set by God, that marriage, with regards to our relationships is between man and woman for the purpose of rearing children in this and the next life. Does this definition make love between those of the same sex any less valid or potent? I do not think so. However the same conditions exist for those with same sex attraction as opposite sex attraction with regards to the law of chastity. There are to be no sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage. Is this any easier for any person who is not married? There are many men and women in the church who are not married and have to abstain from sexual relationships, because heterosexuals have the option to get married still does not change the existence of the desire. God loves all equally and it is to this that all must secure themselves for peace in this life and the next. Show more Show less