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Hi I'm John

I'm semi-retired. I run an international consulting and training business helping others to succeed in business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a semi-retired business consultant, author and educator, specializing in small and home-based businesses and the direct selling profession. I was always deeply spiritual as a young boy. I had a natural love of truth and a simple, firm belief and trust in God and Jesus Christ. I met an elderly couple in our neighborhood in summer of 1954-55, when I turned 9 years old. I was drawn to them by something I couldn't define and discovered that they were Mormon missionaries. I referred them to my parents. When I returned home later, I was thrilled to discover my new friends deep in discussion with my parents, both of whom were as attracted to them as I had been. Our family was baptized some months later. Now, 61 years later, I'm still as excited and fulfilled by what I experienced as a boy. Four generations of my family are now members of the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first joined the church I had a profound sense that it was true, and that what it taught made perfect sense. As I grew into an adult I questioned and challenged everything I believed, especially in my late teens in the 1960s. I investigated other religious faiths but, in the end, I could not deny what I had learned and, especially, experienced first-hand. I had received repeated confirmations, in a variety of ways, of the truth. My initial belief had become knowledge as I put promises from God to the test through exercising faith. The course of my life has been filled with constant, small miracles and the occasional major ones. The certainty and assurance that living gospel principles and laws brings has made my life richer and more satisfying than I can express. There have been trials along the way, and I've occasionally been found wanting. But, in the end, the truth of the gospel has been undeniable and I've found that the love, kindness, tender mercies and thoughtfulness of God and His son to me have been quite overwhelming and redeeming.

How I live my faith

I'm currently a home teacher. I've served in many roles and callings over my 61 years as a church member, including public affairs, teaching, serving as a counselor in district and branch presidencies and in missionary work. For many years I served as a home teacher to elderly widows and single women in our ward. I found this uniquely rewarding and fulfilling. I've also enjoyed teaching all age groups, from 4 year old children (when I was 16) to senior priesthood classes. One of the most satisfying experiences as a teacher has been to watch children and young people I've taught grow to become missionaries and leaders in the church and in society, including international business leaders, national media personalities, musicians, professionals and successful husbands, wives and parents. I take my faith very personally and strive to live a worthy and exemplary life. Life has its challenges, naturally, and adversity and illness have come my way from time to time. I find that living by the principles, values and standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ invariably provides the surest course. (I've learned that the hard way at times!) At the time of writing this (November 2016) I'm about to turn 71, I'm disabled by a number of progressive, degenerative diseases and disorders — my mobility scooter and walking stick have given me back my life in so many ways — and I spend too much time with specialists, consultants and surgeons that I could be enjoying with my children and grandchildren! Everything I do is shaped and directed by what I know to be true and right, despite occasional struggles and set-backs. Small victories, every day, make for a very happy life, I find.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

John
The simple answer is that God directed that men should hold the priesthood. But to view this as divine endorsement of male superiority is not supported by revelation. Nor is an assumption of superiority based solely on masculinity. The best insight is found in D&C 121:41-46: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/121 Men are given four refining influences to help them prepare to return to God: 1. The gift of the Holy Ghost. 2. The women in their lives, especially righteous mothers and wives. 3. The righteous men in their lives, especially worthy fathers and priesthood leaders. 4. The priesthood of God — the authority to act in His behalf. Interestingly, God has ordained that his daughters need only the first three influences. The attributes of charity — the pure love of Christ and the motive of heaven — include the following in Moroni 7:45-47: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/7 Sadly, many of these qualities are viewed by the world as essentially feminine.. They have little currency in the "macho" view of masculinity. They're viewed as flaws, not strengths. Yet the Saviour — the perfect example of true manhood — exemplified them all. Is the view of the priesthood as an exclusive reward for being born male a little skewed? Is it more like a bit-and-bridle to help men rein in their natural tendencies? One can only ponder these matters and seek to follow the Saviour's example, leading our families and societies by righteous example, worthy of emulation. Show more Show less