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Hi I'm Robert Boyd Smyth

I am one of eight founder members of the modern era of the Mormon Church in Derry/Londonderry, beginning 02/11/1957.

About Me

Born in Londonderry, N. Ireland and have lived here all my life. Began my working life as a plumber/heating engineer, moved into the life insurance business, set up a brokerage business and became a company director. Married my childhood sweetheart when she was 17 years old and we now have 4 children, 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren to date. In later life had kidney problems which resulted in them failing completely. My daughter successfully donated to me one of her kidneys, which has given me added time to pursue my family history interests. When I retired I become more involved in Community Activities and was runner-up in a recent Pensioner of the year competition. For the past 6 years I have been the Treasurer of the Altnagelvin Renal Support Group and I am also involved with Age Concern. Have been a committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my adult life. Was brought up a member of the Church of Ireland, my wife Presbyterian, we married in her church. I also run 2 Facebook closed groups, one for extended family members worldwide, and the other for my local church and all it's connection throughout the world. Gave 4 years of voluntary work to help build the local Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In turn this building became the fist dedicated church of the Latter-day Saints in all of Ireland in 1966.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because God blessed me with a mighty revelation that bore witness to every fibre of my being, the reality of Jesus Christ being my Saviour and Redeemer and His True Gospel having been restored to the earth in these latter days, through his appointed and anointed prophet, Joseph Smith. The process for receiving this revelation was quite simple. Three weeks following our wedding, we talked to missionaries representing the Mormon Church. As I listened to their message they said to me, "please do not take our word for what we are teaching you, all you have to do is go to your Heavenly Father in sincere prayer, having real intent, and he will reveal to you the truthfulness of our mission and teachings." This was exactly what I did. At first nothing happened, but as I was asking for a lot I knew I must persist and become more humble in my prayer. After an hour on my knees I discovered the 'secret' of receiving an answer to prayer, and it was this: I committed myself in advance of an answer from God. In other words in my pleadings I asked, "please Heavenly Father, if what the Missionaries have told me is true let me know, and I will promise to live up to it the best I am able all the days of my life. If it is untrue please let me know and I will avoid it like the plaque." It was only years later that I realised that what I had done was to put unconditionally my trust in Him, and it was my all, as I nothing else to offer Him. That is the price one has to pay to receive a revelation from God. What then happened I cannot put into writing. Only those who have had a similar spiritual experience from the Holy Ghost could begin to comprehend and understand. What I can record is that I know for an absolute surety with every fibre on my physical and spiritual being, that Jesus is the Christ and the son of our Heavenly Father. That His gospel containing all truths pertaining to salvation and exaltation is among men today on earth, and is available to one and all. Amen

How I live my faith

When I received my witness from on High, I became a total convert of faith to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today nearly 60 years later that remains, but added to it is much understanding and knowledge born of tests, trials and continuous prayer and study. Naturally I brought up my family in a similar manner, very successfully. Everyone who knew us knew we were Mormon. I have served my local church unit as it's Minister on seven different occasions. Twice I have served as the Leader over a group of our Churches. Ministers in the Mormon church serve without any monetary reward, deeming it a privilege to serve their Lord and Master through love and devotion rather than for hire. Later in life my wife and I spent two years serving a voluntary Welfare & Humanitarian Mission for the church. Much earlier our three sons also served full-time missions for the Lord, now their children are doing the same. I lived and had family and friends from both the Catholic and Protestant communities. They always knew our standards and we got along with them wonderfully well. In time a few of them became church converts, but not as many as we had hoped, When first married and because we were planning to become members of the Mormon Church we had to leave our home. This was the decision of a maternal grandmother who 'being saved" did not approve of the mormons, even though she knew nothing about them nor did she want to learn anything. That was very hard for a young couple neither having reached the age of voting which then was 21. Not flinching I trusted in the Lord to look after us, and truly he failed us not. That only took place of-course as the scriptures promises us "after the test come the blessings." I merely stress this particular point to show that from the beginning. When I received a revelation from Heavenly Father, until this very day. I have endeavoured to keep my promise to Him as he had answered my prayer when I came begging for help.