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Hi I'm Tim

I live in Wales. I cycle, scuba dive and also go dolphin and seal watching. I enjoy the magnificence of God's creation

About Me

We have three grown children of our own and three grandchildren. We also foster other children, some of them have been very troubled. I have cycled much of France and Holland and enjoy cycling now. Until a recent medical ban I scuba dived almost weekly. When I was younger I was a part time soldier and I still benefit from the fitness that came with it. I work in IT and have worked in Brussels and Dublin as well as various places in the UK. I speak good French and also understand a fair bit of Dutch / Flemish.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I had already asked some fairly meaningful questions about religion. "Why is Jesus our saviour?" "What did he save us from?" "Why were there prophets and miracles in the Bible and not today?" I was never satisfied with the responses. When I was nine years old, two missionaries came to our door. I was arriving home from school as they were leaving. I could hear that they were Amercan and I wondered if they were cowboys. My mum had told them to come back later when my father would be home. When I asked my mum what they wanted I was told that they were missionaries and that they were coming back and were going to talk about a prophet in our days.I was interested to know what they had to say about prophets. My father would not have invited them in but my mum had invited then to return he was polite and they began to teach us. When I went to church I noticed some things were different from other churches that I had attended. The hymns seemed happier and were sung with gusto. People called each other brother or sister and shook hands as they met. There was no clergyman. People spoke from the heart. I believed the things that the missionaries taught. At nine years of age I was a genuine convert. I felt that it was right and I felt that I belonged. I still do. The church and its teachings have been a great blessing to me. My membership in the church has shaped who I am. I don't profess to be better than anyone else but I know that I am a better me.

How I live my faith

When I was 18 I served a two year mission for the church in France. The church remains a full part of my life and my family's life. I have served in various callings and assignments inthe church and currently have a responsibility for the Young men in our congregation, providing them with activities and acting as a counsellor to them. I enjoy it. It gives me a great excuse to do all the fun stuff that I would want to do in any case. I also have other responsibilities including home teaching where, along with one other, we are assigned to watch over and visit a number of families in the church each month. My calling in the church is changing as I have been called to something else and will shortly be released from looking after the young men.

Are Mormons Christians?

I know that for many the litmus test of whether you are Christian is whether you accept the Nicene Creed. We don't. Our understanding of the nature of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost is that they are separate beings who are one in purpose and that we are also invited to be one in them as Jesus Christ is also One with the Father.We also understand that prior to being born in mortality to mary, Jesus acted in the name of our Father in conducting the affairs of the earth. I have a close friend and neighbour who is a devout Christians and a well studied theologian. We discussed the Nicene creed. I asked him if he thought that I was a Christian. After some thought he replied "No". "You don't accept the Nicene Creed". He then went on to say - "But you are sincere followers of Jesus Christ". I'm not so concerned by what labels people want to put on us so long as people recognise by our behaviour, belief and words that we are sincere followers of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less