Hi I'm Nigel
I live in Colchester, England and attend Colchester ward in the Ipswich, England stake. I have lived a great many years and really enjoy life (just as well). I am married to Patricia (Tricia) and we have 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls) who are all adults and although our eldest two (Matthew and Sara-Louise) are married and our third, Emma, lives away from home we have managed to hang on to our youngest, Ben. Sara has 3 children (all boys) with a fourth (also a boy) expected in the next 3/4 weeks, and our son Matthew has 1 daughter and 1 son. I work as a Primary school teacher and specialise in Physical Education. I enjoy being with my family, gardening, watching football and cricket-well I am English, writing and water colour painting.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) when I was about 3 years old so I was brought up with the teachings of the church As I grew up I gradually gained a testimony that the church was the only true church on the Earth, and my testimony was strengthened when in 1969 I served a mission for the church. During that 2 year period I had a daily opportunity to study the gospel in some detail and I became closer to my Heavenly Father through much prayer, fasting and study. Since my mission I have continued to live the principles of the gospel and it has brought me great happiness because it has helped me to know that I am a child of God and to understand that life has a purpose and meaning.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
The Plan of Happiness or the Plan of Salvation as it is sometimes known has benefited me in my life because it has given me an understanding of what life is all about. I know that I am a 'Child of God' and that we lived with God before coming to this Earth. I know that life is a testing period to see if we will live as we should without being in God's presence. We also had to come to Earth to gain a physical body. After we die we will all be resurrected because of the free gift from Jesus Christ, and then we will be judged according to what we learned and how well we lived our life on Earth. All people will have the opportunity, prior to their judgement, to hear, understand and accept or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will all receive a reward according to how well we lived our life on Earth and what we do after this life. We don't believe in Heaven and Hell as such but believe that there are many kingdoms - one of which will be allotted to us depending on the outcome of our judgement.
How I live my faith
The Gospel is a way of life really and it affects all that I do. The teachings of the church encourage us to endeavour to live our lives as the Saviour Jesus Christ showed us. Therefore when decisions have to be made I try to think what Jesus would do. It doesn't always happen but when I do this I feel that I can make better decisions. I don't drink alcohol, smoke, drink tea or coffee or take recreational drugs, and living a clean life has helped me to be physically fit and well throughout my life. I attend church meetings weekly and this helps me to renew my baptismal covenants, to strengthen my testimony of the Gospel and is an opportunity to learn and to be reminded of Gospel principles. I strongly believe in the power of prayer in my life and know that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers.