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Hi I'm Jamie

I grew up in the UK, have a beautiful family with 3 little girls, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whenever I can, I spend time with my family. The love of my wife and children motivate me to be the best that I can. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by four amazing people. When I am not with my family, I work in the growing hub of Technology firms in London. As a global city, London provides many opportunities to meet people from all over the world. Having also worked in Toronto, New York and the Middle East, I often feel more of a global citizen than an Englishman!

Why I am a Mormon

My Grandmother, Violet, opened the door to Missionaries from the Church in 1953, and invited them in out of sheer politeness. She met with them on several occasions, hearing what they had to say, though too courteous to discontinue the visits (she was Anglican, and was not quite sure how my Granddad would react). They invited her to pray about the message they shared, to ask Heavenly Father if indeed He was the author of the message they shared. Part of her prayer, she recalls, involved asking God to get rid of these missionaries! However, out of integrity, she did indeed ask God and promised that if He would answer her prayer, she would follow his counsel. To her astonishment she had a profound spiritual experience, and knew that the missionaries were indeed sent from God. Shortly thereafter, she and my Granddad were baptized into the Church. I am so grateful for my Grandmother's humility, and willingness to listen to something different. I am blessed because of her example and faith. As such, I was born into this Faith. My parents brought me to all my meetings. However, my testimony, or belief in this Church is my own. For as long as I can remember I have known that this is God's work. At eight years old, shortly after my Baptism, I attended what we call "Stake Conference", a larger group of about 10 wards in a particular geography. We met in the Old Birmingham Town Hall, because we did not have a large building of our own. I remember being so tiny sitting in the chair, but excited because I was old enough to go the grown-ups meeting. Speaking at the pulpit was Elder Neal A. Maxwell, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Though eight years old, I still remember vividly his soft and tender voice. He spoke of Moses, the passover and the need for a Saviour. As he spoke, I felt the spirit warm my heart, and I knew that the Church was true. This and many, many other experiences have shaped my testimony. I am so grateful for this knowledge.

How I live my faith

The Church is all about community. One of the most interesting ideas in our Faith is that of the Bishop's storehouse. The Bishop's storehouse is the collective wealth (not just money) and talent in a congregation which can be called upon to help one another. The mix of abilities means that we can all do something for someone. I have lots of experience as an employer, and so I often spend time reviewing CVs, doing mock interviews or giving career advice to Church members who are underemployed or looking to make a change. I really enjoy seeing others succeed and making a difference for their family. This is not something that anybody told me to do, it just happens as part of the community. I really love the sense of being in a big family that takes care of each other. I also have been asked to serve by local Church leaders in all sorts of responsibilities. Sometimes teaching a class, delivering a sermon, leading a youth group and so on. At the moment I have two responsibilities: one as a Sunday School teacher to 12-13 years olds (I love it!); the other as an Ecclesiastical leader looking after a particular group in our congregation. Serving others brings me a great deal of happiness. In our home, my wife and I try and follow the counsel of our Church Leaders as best we can. We have Family nights on Monday (and as often as we can). We say family prayers at meal times and before bed. We try to read the scriptures as often as we can, though with little ones who can't read yet we have to be creative! It's amazing to me the difference such simple family activities can increase the feeling of love and peace in our home. I think we are also fortunate to have daughters who really love God and want to do join with us in our worship - though speak to us in a few years!!