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Hi I'm Chris

I was born in Lambeth, grew up in North London and I am retired and yes I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hello I am Chris; I am 76 years of age, I was born in Lambeth and still live in the Greater London, area. I served an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic, but following my National Service in the Royal Air Force I spent the rest of my working life in Sales largely within the Rubber & Safety products for the engineering and factory maintenance industries. This was challenging but reasonably rewarding employment and has provided for a comfortable retirement. I am married to Marie a brilliant cook especially of chicken pies (a family favourite and legend). We have five children, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren with another on the way. I am an avid supporter of Chelsea and Barnet football clubs and yes I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1962 I was living in Cheltenham and was at a very low point in my life. I had been raised on the margins of the Christian life but never particularly involved. My life in turmoil brought me to seek help through prayer. I had looked at several churches or faith systems and found than none really taught what I felt was Biblical truth. I went onto my knees in prayer, to ask God our Father in Heaven which of these churches or paths should I follow. After much pleading, I rose from my knees with a sense of peace and a warm feeling in my breast. I had one word in my mind ‘Mormon. ’ The next morning the feelings and the word ‘Mormon’ were still there. Was there a Mormon faith, I did not know. I asked people in my place of work, no one knew. The next day I went to the library, even the Reference library could not help. I came out of the library a bit flat and despondent, turned towards the railway station; I was passing a building with a sign which read “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” – then I stopped that same sense of peace and a warm feeling in my breast came over me, I thought “this is it” I turned into the Church grounds and saw two young men coming out of the building, I asked “Are you Mormons” they simply answered “Yes” – I said to them, “Will you teach me about your Church?” The answer came back “yes.” Later I learned that prayers had been answered, not only my own but also of the two young men who had been fasting and praying for someone to teach. Through this experience I came to know without a shadow of doubt that I had found the truth and a testimony was born. I learnt about the Restoration, the Prophet Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon and Priesthood Authority, indeed much more. To this day, despite my many weaknesses I know that I had found the truth and that not ‘all roads led to Rome’ indeed there is only one gate and way (Matt 7:14) and only “one Lord, one faith and one baptism” (Eph. 4:5). And Yes I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I serve as an Assistant in the Priesthood Leadership in my local Ward and strive to be an exemplar of Christ’s influence in my life at all times. I also produce the monthly Ward Newsletter, one other activity is as a Home Teacher where I call upon member families as a support to them and our Bishop. I strive to keep close to the Lord through prayer and study of the scriptures. This also helps me to be aware of the needs of others, whether in my family, the Church or indeed the wider community. My life has been blessed in so many ways, there have been challenges but all have helped me to grow in faith and understanding. Because my customers knew that I was a Mormon a large number of them felt able to trust me and gave me their business even when my competitors were offering better prices & delivery. Living life the Lords way blessed me then and He blesses me now. Yes I am a Mormon.