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Hi I'm David Short

I'm proud to say and shout with a very loud sonic boom that not only am I from Essex but I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

Greetings. I was born and raised in the great county of Essex. My parents first met the missionaries in Rhodesia, Africa and it was only later when they returned to England did they join the church. They already had two young sons but my mother felt impressed that the family was not yet complete. So, myself and my little brother soon joined the Short clan. My life, here within the gospel, is thanks to the two Canadian missionaries who found my parents in the distant continent of Africa. I myself served a mission in the great California Ventura Mission and I returned with many wonderful memories and many life changing experiences. I love missionary work. I love talking about the church and I've always felt proud to tell those around me who and what I am. I work as an anaesthetic and recovery nurse and I also work part time as a gardener at the Preston Temple. I have a wonderfully goofy family and a beautiful wife called Jo who I love dearly and who puts up with my bizarre ways. I love gardening, walking and exploring. I love toast and marmite and I have a special weakness for pizza and it's my life long dream of building my very own pizza oven in the back garden. I also love art and design and constantly seek new inspiration and ideas . I've been fortunate enough to have found the time to seek out, explore and discover the wonders around us. Oh, and I also like collecting things. Especially old old mantle clocks.

Why I am a Mormon

My own true conversion happen to me while I was a missionary in California. I had only been out in the field for a couple of months and we were teaching this young, wonderful family. And it was while we were teaching the law of tithing that I discovered how important this gospel was to this family. The father had told one of his work colleagues that he was investigating the mormon church. And this colleague said to him, "Did you know that mormons pay 30% tithing?" Well, he returned home and spoke to his wife and said that mormons pay 30% tithing. That very evening, they sat down and discussed what they would financially give up and sacrifice in order to pay 30%. So, you can imagine the relief when we explained the truth about tithing. But it really showed me how much they wanted the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. That night, I remember returning back to our small apartment thinking, " What is this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?" It opened my eyes and made me look at the gospel in a whole new light. Up to that point I had never fully understood what it was to be a mormon. And now, i finally understood what it was that had invited and led my parents down into the waters of baptism. I finally began to understand what it was to be a mormon. I'm proud of who I am. I'm proud to be a mormon. I am always grateful for the blessings, gifts and talents that our Father in Heaven has given me. I know that he watches over me and my family and I will always be grateful to learn, know and understand where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. I am a child of God and he loves me. It brings me peace, hope, happiness and especially strength to withstand the storms of our time. This church is true. It's Christ's church and I'm proud to be part of it.

How I live my faith

It was while i was on my mission that I discovered how important the gospel was to people. Teaching those who were actively seeking out the fullness of the Truth really brought it home to me how special this gospel was. And throughout my life, this gospel of Jesus Christ has been an anchor to me. In times of need, regret and hardship, this anchor, our Saviour, has held me, protected me and guided me back to safer, calmer waters. So, throughout my life, I've always tried to serve the Lord whether it be in the church or to those around me. I've been blessed to work with many great and inspired leaders and members of my faith. So, to live my faith I simply strive to serve and share ( with a sonic boom ) this gospel message.