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Hi I'm Mervyn

I joined the Church in London in 1966 then moved to Yorkshire in 1970. I have worked in IT & the building industry. I'm a Mormon

About Me

After 2 years in Malaysia with my family I had 5 years in Sussex to do my Os and As then started a 6 year pupil-ship with a large construction company. I was trained in the staff site of the industry rather than the craft (that came later). That training took me into Kent, Bedfordshire, Essex and London. It was at the end of that pupiliship that I joined the Church and was transferred into the IT department. Four years after that I married and moved to Yorkshire and continued my career in IT having 5 children along the way. The year 2000 brought redundancy and a move from analysis/programming work. After 34 years I needed a change and developed my construction skills.The jump from working for a large company to being self employed was challenging and help and encouragement from members of the church was most welcome. Those construction skills were developed over the next 12 years to the extent that I was able to build a modest retirement annex to my daughter's home.

Why I am a Mormon

My introduction to the church started slowly at first - I heard about it in Canterbury, worked briefly with a member in Mill Hill and met another for an evening in South Kensington. I was impressed by what I learned on each occasion but did nothing about it. Then I was invited to a friend's baptism which was quickly followed by an invitation to dinner to "meet the missionaries". After a couple of weeks instruction and fellowship I became a Mormon. I new that what I had been taught was true. My embryonic testimony of the divinity of the Savior and of the correctness of the teachings of the church were powerful enough to have me abandon my laddish ways forever. After 50 years of membership and involvement my love of the Savior and his gospel as presented by the church continues to grow. I became a Mormon and stayed a Mormon because the gospel is true and has improved my life.

How I live my faith

I joined the church as a young adult and was soon involved in minor leadership roles. Those roles developed to the extent that I was asked to preside over an existing congregation for a few years. Following a relocation of my family we and 3 other families were asked to start a brand new branch. The congregation of just 22 that met in hired halls an each others homes grew steadily over the years. That congregation now numbers around 150 and has its own building. I was happy to play my part in the early years. In some respects we were pioneers. Over the last few years my roles have been less demanding but no less enjoyable and have included pastoral visiting, church finances, teaching in Sunday school, manning a library and organizing activities for the over 60s Now that I am retired there is more time for community work. Currently that involves some community gardening and running a family history class for the U3A organization. By the time I became self employed I had been in the church many years so being honest with the tax man and my clients did not present a problem. My grand-mother taught me that honesty was the best policy and subsequent Christian teachings reinforced it.