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Hi I'm Roy

I'm a Mormon. I am now living in Istanbul, Turkey serving voluntarily with my wife in helping others with our Association here.

About Me

I am a convert of the Church who joined when I was twenty-two years old. I was converted through reading and pondering over the Book of Mormon. It is now over forty years later and I am so grateful for being given a Book of Mormon by my college roommate that led to my conversion.

Why I am a Mormon

As stated, I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for forty-three years now. Before becoming a member of the Church while investigating the Church and ever since I became a member of the Church, I have felt the great love of the Lord in my life. I have continued to study daily the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and have felt the Spirit in so doing. I usually read the Book of Mormon early in the morning and it really strengthens my day. I have also felt the great love and caring of the members of the Church. It matters not where you go in the world, you are always welcome by members of the Church. We have lived in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Guam, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Hawaii. The bottom line is that I am a Mormon because I know that this is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and that we have a Living Prophet today that receives revelation to guide us in these latter days. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He is the head of the Church. There is a statement by one of the previous leaders of our Church that "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." That statement really sums up my experience in the Mormon Church over these past forty-three years. I have felt the love and caring of some many in the Church over these many years in so many different ways. The love and caring expressed is genuine and sincere.

How I live my faith

I have a wonderful wife, five children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and nine grandchildren. As I strive to live the doctrines and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I know that we will be able to be a family together forever. Families are so very important. I am so thankful for the wonderful family which I have. We strive to live healthy lives that includes staying away from harmful drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, and tea. On Monday evenings, we have Family Home Evening with a different member of the family giving the lesson and have fun being together with each other. We have many opportunities to serve those within our family and many others outside of our family. Before coming to Turkey,my son and I go out every month to visit certain families to share a message with them and see that they are doing well both temporally and spiritually. Now while serving here in Turkey, my wife and I go out and visit members of our Association to check on their temporal and spiritual welfare. We feel it is very important to look after each other as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monthly visits are made to families and individuals through what we call home teachers and visiting teachers. We love visiting and helping out any way that we can in meeting the needs of those we visit. There are many couples such as us serving voluntarily around the world as well as many young single adults doing the same.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We believe it is so important to get the family together every week on Monday evenings for Family Home Evening. With all in the family being very busy, it is so important to make time for all the family to be together at least one evening every week. For Church, we dress in white shirts and ties and for the ladies, dresses. This is to show reverence for our Heavenly Father, however all are welcome to come to Church regardless of dress. We observe all the major holidays and know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We honor His birth and His Resurrection. We know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all will have the opportunity to be with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again and be together as families not only in this live but also forever. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

I am now 66 years old and indeed have enjoyed the benefits of living since becoming a member of the Church at age 22 the health code of the Mormon Church known as "The Word of Wisdom." We abstain from drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, and smoking. We refrain from using harmful drugs. We strive to live healthy lives by eating healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. We truly believe that our bodies are temples and we need to treat them as such making sure we get enough rest and exercising regularly. Here in Turkey, we do a lot of walking in our volunteer service, and know that we are able to do that because of our living a healthy life style. Show more Show less