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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Hampshire England. I emigrated to Australia;I joined the Mormon church in Perth Western Australia in 1977.

About Me

I was born in Hampshire England to kind parents. I was raised as a Christian in the Church of England. When I left school at the age of 15, I had a number of goals; I wanted to achieve; one of these was to travel around the world which I have done three times; visiting different countries such as, Luxembourg,France, Australia,India,Singapore,Kuwait,new Zealand and many more travelling mostly by aircraft and by large ocean-liner; last count was about 21 countries visited. I also wanted to work with animals I achieved this by working as a game keeper raising pheasants; Then I made application to obtain employment at London zoo working with elephants and small mammals. Before I obtained the following qualifications I emigrated to Australia for a number of years; I joined the Mormon church while living in Perth Western Australia; I also worked at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. On my return to England I attended collage to obtain an N.N.E.B qualification in nursery nursing. after a number of years I attended collage again to gain a N.V.Q level 3 in hospitality and catering. I also had time to gain a qualification in interior design H.N.C level B tec;

Why I am a Mormon

I spent my early life looking for answers to a number of questions about religion; questions like; Would my wife by my wife in the next life?; What do I need to do; to know; Jesus Christ?; I read a scripture in the Bible; which talked about being damned; (John 5 v 29) I was not sure what it meant but I know I did not wish to be damned; With these thoughts and many others in my head; I visited a number of Churches and Groups teaching religion in England; I did not receive satisfactory answers; a number of the churches did not know the answers and others were wishy washy in their reply ; I therefore made up my mind that there was no God and packed my bags and emigrated to Australia; but just in case; I said a quick prayer; stating I did not wish to be damned; After arriving and living in Perth; Two Mormon Missionaries knocked on my door; I allowed them to talk to me about their message that evening and invited them back so I could ask my unanswered questions. I can say with honesty; my questions were answered in such a way that I know I had found a truth; regarding my concerns and interests covering my questions on religion; During the next few weeks I allowed the missionaries to visit my home and share in detail the message regarding Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon; During this time I was also shown the way to fine answers from Heavenly Father regarding the Restoration of the Gospel as restored by Joseph Smith; I found and read an invitation in; The Book of Mormon to find out for myself; if the Book of Mormon; was as stated the word of God; Having the same importance to God as the Bible; or as stated in Ezekiel 37 v 17; "Join them one to another;...and they shall be-come one in thine hand"..I was invited to become Baptised; and as I had found out for my self that all that was shared with me was true; I was happy to be Baptised; I have since baptism found over and over again; that Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon to be true; Come and find the truths I found.

How I live my faith

As you Know I joined; The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints; while living in Perth; Western Australia; The church is a friendly church; I was soon given the opportunity to become involved in the structure and running of the church; my first responsibility was to help keep the records up to date and record any new information as it came in; they called my responsibility; an assistant clerk; After a few weeks I returned to England to share my newly found church with my parents and other family members; I soon found my local branch of the church; and again had the opportunity to serve the members; I feel I have learnt many of the Gospel Principles found in the church; but like live I am still learning; I have had a number of responsibilities and my understanding or testimony have grown as I have helped others in the church; The church has a structure that allows members to share their skills and talents one with another; and in the process we learn about ourselves and have the opportunities to develop in ways unknown when we first join the church; I have enjoyed my membership since my Baptism which seems so long ago; I have also learnt that membership means my life has changes for the better; in so many way's; I try to live in harmony with the teachings of the church; By having daily prayer; allowing my family time one evening a week to have fun together; as a family; study the scripture each day; (we all become involved in the church; married or single) I am supported in my daily live as appropriate by other members of the church; I have monthly visits by two male members; called Home Teachers; My wife is supported by two sisters visiting each month; called; Visiting Teachers; I feel that they don't visit to teach but to share and to watch over me and my family; making reports to my Bishop should I be in need; I have worked with the; Youth of the Church; the Adult Male Members; Music; directed Sunday School lessons; come; share your talents with us.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

John
The word; CULT; means " a religion regarded as Unorthodox" since the roots and foundation of "The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints" or Mormonism is not a break away from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by many as " Unorthodox "; For example; The LDS definition of the Godhead differs from the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic and Protestant Churches. It could be said; the cult label is applied by church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church.. However, sometimes it's simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by lack of understanding. such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, really teaches and believes; like; Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that he is the Savior and redeemer of the world; whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about he Mormons, then their opinion of the church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding; and the word Cult is not used; Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

John
Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833; This Law is known as the Word of Wisdom; (Doctrine and Covenants 89 v 1 to 21)... In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God our Heavenly Father, has spoken against the use of; TOBACCO: ALCOHOL; COFFEE and TEA; and ILLEGAL DRUGS;... God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today; the Scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving Heavenly Father gave to Joseph Smith some two centuries ago. Stay healthy and follow the Word of Wisdom.. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

John
We do not worship; Joseph Smith; we worship God our Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. But we acknowledge the prophet; we proclaim him; we respect him; we reverence him as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring to the earth the ancient truths of the divine gospel; together with the priesthood through which the authority of God is exercised in the affairs of His Church and for the blessing of His people; Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

John
Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people; They teach about Heavenly Father's great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him.. The Missionaries will also share a message about the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith; plus other Gospel Principles; You will also have the Opportunity to ask them questions; Show more Show less

What is faith?

John
To have faith is to " hope for things which are not seen, which are true; (Read; Book Of Mormon, Alma 32 v 21) Each day we act upon things we hope for, even before we see the end result; This is similar to faith; Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. to have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him; by keeping His commandments; It is a principle of action and power. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it; if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32 v 28 - 43 ) It is the same with faith; If we are obedient to God's commandments; study His word and have a desire to believe in Christ; our faith will grow inside of us; Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

John
A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an individual by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a Mormon's testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives; that He is the Son of God and that he carried out the Infinite Atonement; that Joseph Smith is a prophet,which God called to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth; that we are led today by a living prophet; and that; The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints is the Savior's Church restored on the earth today. Show more Show less