The Church I belong too is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptised into the Church when I was 10 years old, a few months after my Mum.  She had become acquainted with the Church a few years previous through other members of the extended family.  Then in 1985 when she came across it again when we lived in Devon she was ready to hear more.

The most important thing about the Church is the way it teaches about one’s personal relationship with God or Heavenly Father, and so it was when I was finding out about it all as a 10 year old.  One is encouraged to find out for oneself if what is being taught is truth and therefore I was taught individually and indepentantly from my Mum, which is why today I can quite honestly say that it was my decision even though I was very young.

The teachings of the Church are based solely around the teachings of Jesus Christ and despite things one may read, especially on the internet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is most definitely a Christian Church, in that it follows the teaching of Christ.

A good reference for the basic beliefs of the Church can be found at www.mormon.org and I would urge you to read from that source rather than many others on the internet.   However the best way to find out more is to speak to the missionairies of the Church who can be there to deal with questions and help an individual find out more and try these beliefs out.

I was fortunate enough to be able to do just that for two years.  I was called to serve as a missionary for the Church in Austria.  I spent two years over there, talking to people about their beliefs, my beliefs and encouraging people to find out for themselves if what I was talking about was true.  It was an amazing experience from which I gained a deeper understanding of why we are on this earth, what is the reason for all of this, and how we have a Heavenly Father or a God if you will that loves us, cares for us and seeks the best for all of us.  This perspective that I have gained through my belief in this shapes all my decisions and understanding and is very comforting.  It can sometimes provide explanations for things that happen that somehow feel unexplainable……

One of the unique things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that it has a laie Priesthood (i.e unpaid) and the members of the Church play a very active role in the operation of it.  I for example have been involved in teaching Sunday School type lessons to all ages, from the Primary organisation (3-11 yr Olds) to Youth (12-18) to adult classes.  I have served as a leader in many aspects, including Elders Quorum President whose responsibility is for Priesthood holders.   I have served most recently as a Bishopric Counsellor and member of what is called a Stake high council and now currently I serve as the Stake President for the Portsmouth England Stake.  A stake is a geographical administrive area for the Church, in the UK it typically covers a county, but depends on Church population.  Each Stake is then divided into Wards, each with a Bishop who is responsible for that Ward.

The greatest thing about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for me, is the perspective on life and family that it gives me.  I take great peace from the knowledge this gives me.  If you wish to learn more about this, please contact me or find the local area of the Church.  A full list for the UK can be found at www.lds.org.uk and for anywhere else in the world visit www.lds.org

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10 thoughts on “Church

  1. what is the point of this website? Im sorry but I just see why you think you’re hosting expenses are justified – do yourself and us a favour and stop clogging the web up with this dribble

  2. Simon

    Thanks for your comment, I am happy for you that you can be so categorical in your assertions. Perhaps I prefer to hedge my bets a little more…… 😉

    All the best
    Mark

  3. Hi Mark,

    LOVE your web site, nice to see how you guys are doing! Makes me more motivated to set up a blog too…

    Cheers,
    Ian
    (Kevin Thomson’s Bro)

  4. Hi Mark,

    I am not a religious man, but to each their own. I like the look of your site Mark. I also want to say to Simon, that deliberately berrating another person because their beliefs differ from yours is the true sadness here. I cannot believe how unevolved some people are. Also Simon, the use of the word “gullible” in this context is completely off track.
    Anyhoo, Mark, keep it up, and say a prayer for me.

  5. Hi Mark
    I was just having a browse on the internet and found your page i found this quite intresting as Im also called Mark Gilmour and was born on the same month and year as you.
    I am also a scuba diver but our lines of work are different as i work offshore on the oil rigs.
    well there you go your not the only Mark gilmour out there
    take care Mark Gilmour.

  6. Hi Mark,

    No one should rush to judgement on anyone and I find your work with your Ministry interesting and inspiring in that you are at least endeavouring to make a difference to the world.

    Of course there are the many arm chair generals on the net who will do nothing except complain. i say get a life, as you clearly have and make a difference at a time when we need people to stand up for what they believe in whether we agree with them entirely or not.

    Matt (from the bus and other campaigns!)

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