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Hi I'm Ray

I am from England, and work in the computer software industry. I joined the Mormon faith when I was 11 years old.

About Me

I grew up in a typical working class home in Southampton, England. My parents and grandparents were honest, hard-working, family-centred people. I attended a regular state school, and went on to take 'A levels' at the local 6th form. I became a Mormon when 11 years old, and married a wonderful Mormon girl when I was 23. We are now in our 50's, and have 5 children and a growing number of grandchildren who bring so much joy to our lives. I enjoy sport, especially football. I still participate when I can in football, squash, badminton, tennis and volleyball. My wife and I like to to travel and observe the wonders of nature. I also like to relax with a good book. I have read several of the classics and many fictional novels, with Lord of the Rings being a particular favourite.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was christened an Anglican, I did not attend church regularly. For a while I was sent with my brother to a Sunday School, and in the 1960's when I attended school we said prayers and had Christian assemblies at the start of each day. It was in 1968 that Mormon missionaries started visiting our home and teaching us. My mum still can't really recall why she invited them in, but does remember feeling very comfortable when attending the church meetings. For my part, I was just an 11 year old boy following my Mum, but I recollect being quite interested in what we were taught and finding the people at the church to be very friendly. Of course we cannot turn back time so I will never know, but I often wonder what course my life would have taken if I had not followed my Mum and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. All I can say is that I am extremely thankful that it happened the way it did. I loved my time growing up in the Mormon faith, was able to serve as a missionary myself when I was 19, and married a wonderful Mormon woman when I was 23. I remain fully committed to my faith, and ever grateful for the peace and joy I find in following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon I live my faith predominantly in my home, where i try to observe one of our principles to seek out that which is virtuous and good. In my church community I have served in numerous ways over the years, as a teacher of children, youth and adults, organising activities, and as a leader of a congregation of about 100. Whatever my particular responsibility I most enjoy working closely with individuals and families to try and help them gain greater happiness and satisfaction from their lives. This is achieved as they learn how to better apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

I have been asked this question several times, and it is very difficult to answer. Mormon beliefs cover such a wide range of topics that it is always hard to know where to start. Explaining why we don't drink tea or coffee to someone who doesn't know what I believe God is like, what I think is the purpose of life and why God calls prophets is like trying to teach a someone about decimals before they can even count. This is the very reason we have so many missionaries who are prepared to teach our beliefs clearly, step by step, to those who are willing to listen. I would invite anyone who has questions about Mormon beliefs to invite the missionaries to teach them about this faith that I hold so dear. Show more Show less