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Hi I'm Duncan

I'm a Latter-day Saint

About Me

I am from England but currently live in Malaysia with my wife and young daughter. I obtained a diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and enjoy teaching English to others. I love reading good books and writing is a passion of mine. I am eager to complete writing my first novel. Sports are an important part of my life too. Football (soccer), tennis, rugby and formula 1 are all sports which I follow passionately. I am interested in learning about the world's religions and taking the good from each one to better help me live my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After following my mother to church for numerous years I arrived at the age where young men are expected to serve a mission 19 years old for two years. On my mission in Singapore and Malaysia I spent all my time learning the gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching it to all those who were interested. I lived my faith, studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and developed a testimony that what I was doing was right. The purpose of life began to materialise clearly and I gained a greater sense of gratitude for the Saviour Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

When I was living in England I had numerous opportunities to serve in the church. I taught a Sunday School class to the teenagers and also worked with the youth of the church, teaching them the gospel and preparing fun activities during the week. I served a full-time mission for the church in 2002-2004 in Singapore and Malaysia. In Melaka, Malaysia I was privileged to work with the Branch President as one of his counselors to help the small branch prepare activities, functions, and to conduct and teach Sunday meetings and classes.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Young men who reach the age of 19 are expected to serve a full-time mission. However, they may not be forced into doing so, but are strongly encouraged by parents and church leaders. Young women who reach the age of 21 and are not married may serve a full-time mission for 18 months should they wish to. Those who are older (i.e. married couples whose children are sufficiently old enough to look after themselves) are encouraged to serve a couple mission where they can provide needed experience and wisdom for the younger single missionaries and can also be used as chaperones when teaching the opposite sex. Those not able to serve full-time missions for whatever reason may be called to serve within their own ward or stake for a period of time. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Our missionaries are called to preach the gospel to all the world, as was commissioned by Jesus to his disciples, so that all people may have the opportunity to hear the gospel and accept it. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

"Mormonism" began with Joseph Smith. He saw God and Christ in vision in the spring of 1820 in answer to his prayer concerning which church he should join. He was told not to attach himself to any of the churches because they had all strayed from the true doctrine of Christ. The true doctrine of Christ was later revealed to Joseph Smith in an ancient record buried under the ground, now known as the "Book of Mormon". 'Mormon' was the name of a prophet who wrote part of that ancient record and compiled the records before his son Moroni hid them up in the ground around 420 A.D. This is where the term "Mormon" originated and is how non-members identify us.However, the name of the church is 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.' Show more Show less