a more interesting meme

courtesy of this_is_warmth,

1.Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments on my LJ
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

here’s how it went with me:

1. Forgive me if I’ve asked this before, but are you related to pould?
yup. We’re twin brothers.

2. Will you give me a brief testimony of how you came to know Jesus?
I grew up in the UK and went to an Anglican church but never really heard the gospel. I got the chance to study for a year in the US and met some Christians at University of Illinois where I was. Over that year I came to begin to understand who Jesus was and what He has done.

3. You’ve been a part of the community pretty much since it was created. Is there someone or someones special to you who are Mormon who you’d like to see saved, or are you just contending for the faith because you know how to?
Initially, my brother had some encounters. Then I had a bunch of Mormons turn up at the door and had some great conversations which I sought out when we moved to Singapore (you can check out my Mormon letters on my website (in the writing section).

4. I know you love your little girl very much… how many more little ones would you and your wife like to love? 🙂
We’d like to love all of any further little ones that God gives us 😉

5. Does your wife have a LiveJournal?
nope.

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13 comments on “a more interesting meme

    • Re: 🙂

      i wondered how long that would take…

      1. I know you’re married, or have kids, or something – but I’m not sure of the whole story (which I suspect isn’t quite “met man, got married, had kids”). explain

      2. how did you become a Christian?

      3. What made you set up the questioning_lds community?

      4. You’ve had a bit of flack on lj recently. What are your reflections now that it’s all over?

      5. Union or League?

      • Garsh… it’s long… Part 1 *grin*

        It’s amazing how many of your questions are inter-related. So I’m just going to answer the first three together. I’m trying to be brief, but you managed to ask the biggies.

        1. I know you’re married, or have kids, or something – but I’m not sure of the whole story (which I suspect isn’t quite “met man, got married, had kids”). explain
        2. how did you become a Christian?
        3. What made you set up the questioning_lds community?

        2.–>I’m not a great example of a Christian life unless you only count the last 8 or so years. I was saved as a child at the age of 8, but I had no parental direction and lacked discipleship. When I was 8 I was very curious about God (friends offered to take me to church) and I had no problem accepting Jesus into my heart. I never disbelieved. But it wasn’t until much later than I was assured of my salvation. I was 25 or 26 and I was going to church sparingly and I happened to be in a service that had Amazing Grace in the worship and as I sang the words I thought about them and it hit me that I was saved and that could never be taken away from me. So, some might argue that I wasn’t saved until then, but my pastor would tell you I was saved as soon as I had faith in Jesus.

        1. partial–>Because I lacked any direction from parents and had a difficult time understanding my KJV Bible my mom bought me when I was eight, I didn’t grow very fast. —> I’m in my fourth and last marriage. My first husband abused me and when I got old enough to want to have children I realized there was no way I wanted my kids to have a dad like that so I left him. Then I met my son’s dad almost immediately, and he was the perfect candidate for husband and father. He had money in the bank… a few thousand, he didn’t drink or do drugs and he was nice to me. He was a polar opposite from my first husband. And I still think he’s a great guy. He just didn’t/doesn’t know Jesus — he came from a Mormon family and was ruined forever for any kind of church (but we’re still praying).

        3.–>His sister became my best friend — but we differed on religion. She looked up to me a lot, though, and we were able to talk quite a bit about Mormonism. Pretty soon she started talking to her mom and husband about what I was telling her. Then before I knew what was happening the Mormon church started sending two missionaries to her house every evening to deprogram her from anything she’d heard from me. The harder I tried and the more I gave her, the harder they hit her with the missionaries… more and more they showed up, sometimes up to five. It started to cause problems in the family so my husband told me I needed to lay off. So I did. She’s still Mormon. I still love her, though I never see her anymore — we do keep in touch maybe once a year, phone or email (she has six kids… a lot to keep up with). Anyway, she wasn’t the only one in the family I care about and want to see know the Lord. There’s her mom and sister… her grandparents… all people I do still have contact with because they’re related to my son (not to mention her husband, who actually understands grace now thanks to his Christian best friend, but he’s not interested in denouncing Mormonism — and all of their children). Because of that experience I’m very familiar with Mormonism… I started Q_LDS because I believe that the Lord impressed it on my heart in prayer. Thanks to people like you I found a better name than the original (I think I really just didn’t want people to feel misled about what the community was about when I made it lds are not Christian). I looked at your Mormon witness link and I think I’ll refer to that (the contrast section) and make some posts soon.

      • Part 2

        1. the rest–>Anyway… husband 2 left me for another woman after 7 years, then after 7 years, he left her for someone else. But for the first year I prayed that he’d come back to our son and myself. When that didn’t happen I foolishly got mad at God and blamed Him. I started going to bars — where I met my 3rd husband. He was a con and a lawbreaker and I haven’t seen him since 1998. We have a beautiful 8-year-old daughter. In 1996, I realized I needed to do things God’s way and I have since then. I met my current husband on IRC in #christian_singles Undernet over 5 years ago (a lot of people on my friend list are from there). Shawn aka and I have been married since 12/04/04. He’s a Christian and this marriage will last because we simply do not believe in divorce. We know Jesus will help us all the way and we’re not willing for anything else. We’re living for the Lord. None of my other husbands were saved to my shame. Thankfully the Lord is gracious. My children are delighted with Shawn and things are going well, though like all marriages, we’re always adjusting. I’m glad and thankful for a Christian husband. I have learned my lesson.

        4. You’ve had a bit of flack on lj recently. What are your reflections now that it’s all over?
        Mostly I’m glad it’s over. 🙂 I don’t expect unbelievers to act like believers, so in that sense I wasn’t offended — I was sort of amused at first. The constant troll activity on my journal and communities got pretty old until I locked everything up. I needed to do that anyway, so that wasn’t a huge deal. There was someone who got involved as a self-professed Christian and that hurt me. It hurt to think someone I’m fond of may not really know the Lord and was willing to betray my confidence and friendship because he doesn’t agree with evangelism. I realize a lot of it was because people have a misconception that has changed somehow because Shawn found the Lord and they blame me for that (I hope it was the Lord and not me, you know??). It hasn’t changed much. We’re just asking people to be civil. I got a lot of flack for q_lds, but most of it wasn’t from actual Mormons. I actually made a Mormon friend through all of that who stuck up for me. She got a lot of flack for that and I appreciate her friendship. I think I learned that I need to be more personable on q_lds and not feel like I need to be distant from them. It’s just hard when the friendship basically starts out with someone mad at you for having the community. It’s not impossible though, and I’m hopeful for better things in the future. I learned when you take a hard stance on something you’re bound to be ridiculed for it, and I’m a contender for the gospel. I was surprised they found me worthy of such an honor as LJDrama and ED, etc. 😉 I never once took any of it too hard, and I am glad it’s over. Because of all the attention there were many new people added to my journal and all of my communities. I can’t remember the number, now but it was over 25 added together. That was a plus.

        5. Union or League?
        I have no idea what you’re talking about. LOL! (Probably a good thing considering how long this ended up being!)

  1. So, you and are twins? I always assumed you to be the elder brother, I suppose since you are settled down with a wife and a kid. By younger brothers are twins. It is kind of cool.

    • hah!!! that’s not why you thought I was older, it was the air of gravitas….

      I’m actually the younger one. Apparently that does count, even in twins – at least that’s what Peter says.

        • I think you’re a more combative, more willing to take people on than Peter. I also think your different interests/situations also cause (in the online realm) a greater difference of person.

          • mate, I think that’s right. It’s a bit weird. At times I’m happy to have people say all sorts of stuff but then if I perceive that something very fundamental is being challenged I’ll step in.

            Curiously, I do it a lot more in the community that I moderate (for which I consider I have some responsibility) than in another community that we both frequent (and you have been known to moderate.. )

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