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Hi I'm Garth

I'm the father of seven amazing children, grandfather of twenty two, retired but still remodelling houses, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a reader all my life, totally hooked, so when I was invited to read the Book of Mormon it was no hardship. Changing some aspects of my life was harder but I had a lot of help. I have always been a very practical person, making, designing, fixing things, that's how I function best, with a pencil or a spanner in my hand. Not much of a mixer, I was bowled over by the friendliness of the Mormons I met and it was just like finding a new family. I love family gatherings and feel fortunate to have four of my children and seventeen of my grandchildren living nearby.

Why I am a Mormon

Short answer- because the doctrine is true- but it's more complicated than that. My wife, who wasn't even my girlfriend then, had already joined the Church and came to live with my family for a while. She would join us on our motorbikes and spend weekends with us at my caraven on the East Yorkshire coast but always insisted on being back in Hull fo church on Sunday. We thought she was crazy but humoured her. Eventually I decided, hoping it might make me look good in her eyes, that I would go along and see what it was all about. Talk about a life changing decision! So, the missionaries taught me and my family and I, my mother and my youngest brother and my sister were all baptised, though we had to wait a few years before my other brother and his wife took the plunge. I was almost late for my own baptism, working as a data processing engineer I had to work late that night, only just made it on time. The years since then have been interesting, I have made some really wonderful friends and had some great times, youth camps and long distance footpaths have figured importantly but the thing that matters most is the knowledge I have gained of Jesus Christ and His plan for the children of God. Coupled with the knowledge that my family can be united eternally- and how about that for a mind-blowingly significant concept?- my testimony, my understanding of our Saviour bring me peace, joy and reassurance in a world which often does just the opposite.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to have responsibility in the Church from the beginning, I was baptised in 1967 and almost immediately asked to work as scretary of the youth organisation in the West Hull branch of the Church and I have been busy ever since. As I have grown older I have found it easier to maintain and declare my faith to people I know and have never had a truly negative reaction, a few funny looks but nothing unpleasant. I am currently the Bishop - our name for the local minister- of the Church in Dumfries, which I count a geat privilege. I regularly visit Church families with a young man of ninety and enjoy both spiritual and fun conversations with them- it's part of the watchcare system of the Church, we try to look after the welfare of our members