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Hi I'm Charles Wayne

Most call me Wayne I am a Mormon, and thanks for checking this site out.

About Me

I grew up in Northeast Oklahoma with wonderful parents who love me and taught me well. I really enjoyed playing football when I was younger. Every year from the 4th grade Little League to my Sr. year on the High School Varsity I played football, and it's still an activity that I enjoy very much. I also enjoy fishing as my profile picture shows. I love being outdoors and camping with my friends. I would really like to improve my hunting skills, I went a few times in High School but I would really like to get more familiar with it. And, I also enjoy playing Golf. I am a recent graduate from Brigham Young University-Idaho and I am currently the Marketing & Sales Manager for a construction company that makes Monolithic Domes. Starting in August, I'll begin Grad School which I am very excited for. In the long run I would like to become a Business Consultant and move back home to the Sooner State.

Why I am a Mormon

In John 14:26 Jesus explains that the Comforter, or another name is the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and bring things to our remembrance. When I was serving as a full time missionary I would ask the people their thoughts about Christ. After they would testify of Our Savior I would ask them how they felt while sharing their testimony. Once they describe some of the feelings they felt I then shared a scripture found in Galatians 5:22-23 where we learn that the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: I explained that the reason they felt that is because they were speaking the truth and the Holy Spirit always testifies of truth. I then would invite them to remember how they felt and as we begin our discussion to please take special notice to the influence of the Holy Spirit testifying that what we're teaching is true too. And, when we leave and they read The Book of Mormon and when they kneel down to ask Our Heavenly Father if these things are true these same promptings of the Holy Spirit will indeed come back testifying that it is true. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have prayed and I have asked Our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ if these things are true and through the Holy Spirit I received a witness that this is indeed Christ true church. And, what better witness can I have from God, then the peace that was spoken to my mind concerning this matter?

How I live my faith

After I graduated from High School I left for the mission field. I spent the next two years telling the good people in the Nicaragua, Managua Mission in Central America about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. During those two years not only did I learn to speak spanish but the things that my parents and other church members had taught me finally came together for me. I came to understand better the Plan of Happiness and the role that Jesus Christ plays in that Plan. I also came to better understand how the church helps us in achieving our personal best in developing those Christlike Attributes necessary for entrance into our Heavenly Fathers Kingdom I am brand new in my current ward so I have yet to receive any responsibilities to serve in the church. I do have a Home Teaching route where I have the opportunity to visit other church members, share messages from the Prophet and his counselors which we get from the website at lds.org I love being a Home Teacher I feel that it's an awesome opportunity for me to share my testimony and help strengthen other church members. And, through doing my Home Teaching I feel my personal testimony growing stronger. It truly is an inspired program and, it's a blessing for me to be able to participate in

Are Mormons Christians?

Charles Wayne
Well it really depends on what your definition of a Christian is. If you believe that a Christian is only some who adheres to the teachings of the Nicene Creed. Then we would be left out of the group. But, if you believe that a Christian is someone who through the ordinance of baptism has taken upon themselves the name of Christ and has promised to keep his commandments and to follow him, and then renews that covenant every week through the sacrament, then yes we are indeed Christians. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Charles Wayne
Joseph Smith was born in the Northeast part of the United States in the early 1800's and when he was around the age of 14 he saw many different churches teaching different things. Joseph began to wonder which of these are teaching the truth. So, following the advice found in James 1:5 Joseph decided to go to the source and ask God. As, an answer to his prayer God Our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that the complete truth was not found on the earth. Through this and other experiences Joseph Smith was called to be a Prophet. Just like Moses, Noah, and many others in ancient times. After this had happened Joseph Smith and his family began to be persecuted, and Joseph was told that those things can't happen anymore, that the windows of heaven are shut! Joseph said this concerning the matter: "I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN A VISION AND WHO AM I THAT I CAN WITHSTAND GOD, OR WHY DOES THE WORLD THINK TO MAKE ME DENY WHAT I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN? FOR I HAD SEEN A VISION I KNEW IT AND I KNEW THAT GOD KNEW IT, AND I COULD NOT DENY IT, NEITHER DARED I DO IT AT LEAST I KNEW THAT BY SO DOINT I WOULD OFFEND GOD, AND COME UNDER CONDEMNATION." Through a heavenly messenger Joseph Smith found an ancient record that was written by prophets of God who lived on the American Continent between the years of about 600b.c. to 420a.d. And, by the power of God this book was translated from the ancient language into the english language and published as The Book of Mormon. Mormon was one of these ancient prophets who did the editing of this 1,000 year history. And, because he did the editing the book bares his name. For those who had read and prayed concerning the truth and received a conformation from the Holy Ghost that this is true also fell into persecution and were forced out of the Northeast until they came to what is now known as the state of Utah. Joseph Smith along with his brother were shot to death by a mob of over 200 men, and never made it to Utah. Who was Joseph Smith? Joseph was the founder of our church, under the direction of Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was the translator of The Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was a martyr, for his testimony. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Charles Wayne
I heard a story once where this little girl who was about 5 or 6 wanted to buy a bike. So, for the next month or so this little girl worked very hard earning a dollar here and there for work that she had done. After time had passed she held up a hand full of cash and asked her dad if she could go buy a bike now. They went to the store and she found the one that she wanted, but she didn't even come close to having enough money to buy it. So, the father told her that if she gave him all the money that she had earned that he would pay for the rest. The same is true with the doctrine of grace. Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ we will be saved after we have done all that we can do. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Charles Wayne
Imagine that you have a shark tank and you give your young child of lets say 4 years of age the rule or say the commandment not to swim in that shark tank. You do this because you have progressed more then the young child has, you understand better, and can more easily see what dangers that are involved with swimming with the shark. So, you give this rule or commandment because you love them and you want to help them out. The same is true with Our Heavenly Father. He loves us and wants to help us out, so he gives us commandments.  We believe that it is a commandment from God, we have been advised by the Lords Prophets not to partake in these substances. It might not make total sense to us, but the Lord understands better then we do and he wants to help us out. I don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because it's contrary to the will of the Lord. This law of health and proper diet is known as The Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Charles Wayne
I'm really glad this question was here, the 12 Apostles were called to act as a Special Witness of Jesus Christ, and then to share the good news. As the church grew the work became impossible for just 12 men to handle so there were 70 other called to assist the 12 and they had delegated to them the work of preaching the gospel and training of church leaders, under the direction of the 12. This was done so that the different church locations were all teaching the same doctrine. (Cor. 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.") If we take a look in the book of Acts we read the story of Saul a tax collector who was traveling on the road to Damascus and he did indeed see a light and hear a voice. The light and the voice was that of our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Saul who's name changed to Paul became a member of the quorum of the 12 Apostles. Mathis had been called to the quorum of the 12 Apostles to fill the vacancy of Judas Iscariot. And, we don't know much about Stephen expect for his death and that he was a member of the quorum of the 12. If you notice Stephen as well as Mathis and Paul are all Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ and they weren't called to be members of the 70, but they are not named among the original 12 Apostles. They were all called after Jesus' earthly ministry. It is apparent to me that this missionary and church leadership program known as the quorum of the 12 Apostles was something that was intended to keep going. As you study more about our church you will gain a better understanding of the prophesied great apostasy, and when you have a better understanding about the the falling away from the truth. And thus, the reason for why a restoration was necessary makes better sense. Then you will come to know why we have 12 Apostles on the earth today. (Cor. 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.") It is because this is the same church that Jesus Christ had organized a long time ago. The 12 Apostles today do the same work as the 12 Apostles of ancient time. Show more Show less