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Hi I'm Wendell

I grew up in the US, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father and a grandfather. I'm a writer and an illustrator by trade. I've also been a carpenter and a janitor, a house painter and a soldier, a store clerk and a ditch digger, a student and a teacher. I love to read and watch movies, build furniture and remodel my house, and - of course - spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose I could start by saying that I'm a Mormon because two Mormon missionaries tracted my grandfather's dairy farm back in 1950, starting a chain of events that led to my membership in the church today. But this would not explain the real reasons that I became a Mormon myself. I am a Mormon because I have always believed everything the church taught, even though at times I tried to not believe. But no matter what, I could never deny in my heart the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have received witness after witness of this and of the Book of Mormon, of the mission of Joseph Smith, and of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I believe in Him with all of my heart and soul. I know that He lives and loves everyone of us, and I count myself a blessed man to be able to serve Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. I believe I was placed on this earth to do just that. The Lord has blessed me immensely in my life, giving me health and strength and financial security. My heart swells with gratitude for the gifts I've been given, and I express that gratitude through charity, which charity is the pure love of Christ. I use the gifts I have been given to try and ease the burdens of those who have not been so richly blessed, and I start in my home. My wife, Michelle, and I are raising are grandson, who has developmental disorders, providing him with a safe, loving environment in which to grow up. Additionally, I pitch in whenever I am able to to help out other members in the ward. There are always folks who need to move house or people who need repairs done to their houses. When the call comes, I go. I love being able to give service where it is needed. I currently serve as the second counsellor in the Elders Quorum Presidency in my ward, organizing home teaching partnerships and teaching schedules for the quorum, as well as occasional activities for the ward members. In my previous branch I taught Sunday school; when needed in my current ward, I gladly fill in for absent teachers. I love teaching Sunday school. I find that in teaching the gospel, I probably learn more than the students in the class.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Wendell
Mormons believe that the spirits of all people are eternal. We believe that we have always existed in one form or another and that we always will exist. Behind us all lies an unimaginably vast eternity from which we came and of which we have no memories; before us lies another equally vast eternity into which we are bound. This period of life that we call mortality, that seems so long and so permanant to us is but a blink of an eye. Before we came to this life, we existed as immortal spirits. When we were born, our immortal spirits were joined to mortal bodies. When those bodies die, we will dwell in a spirit world, where we will await the resurrection when the immortal spirits of all who have ever lived on this earth will be joined with physical but perfected and immortal bodies. I tell my children, we have no choice about immortality; we are all going into the eternities whether we like it or not. Resurrection and eternal life are free gifts from the Savior. What we do have a choice about is where we will go once we are there and how far we will progress. All we will take with us from this world will be what is in our hearts and what is in our heads. And since we have a very long journey ahead of us, we shouldn't pack lightly. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Wendell
Yes, Mormons are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ. He is the head of this church and the cornerstone of our religion. We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Father, that He reigns in heaven with His Father, that He is the God of this earth, and that He is the savior of all humanity. We believe that we can only acheive salvation through our faith in Him and His atonement. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Wendell
Branches, Wards, and Stakes are terms used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to designate congregations within the church, much like the terms "parish" and "diocese." A ward is a group of members living in a particular geographic area, overseen by a spiritual leader, called a bishop, and his counsellors. A stake is a group of wards that is overseen by a "Stake President" and his counsellors. A branch is simply a congregation that does not have enough members to organize a ward. But, in reality, a ward is like a large, extended family. There is a closeness in LDS wards that is not found in other churches. Members of wards look out for each other, visit each other, take care of each ohters' needs. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, members do not shop around for wards or branches that suit them; instead, they serve in the ward where they live, fulfilling the Lord's commandment to teach and fellowship one another. It is this teaching and fellowshipping that create the familial atmosphere of wards and branches. It is that atmosphere of family that makes wards and branches special, unlike ay other congrgation in any other church I've ever been to. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Wendell
In order to increase your faith in Jesus Christ, you have to start from the belief that He really does live and that He really is the person the Bible states that He is. This is the beginning. In order to reach that point, you have to read the scriptures and find out just who Jesus Christ is. The Holy Bible tells about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and that's a good place to start, but if you really want to know who He is, I would suggest reading the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon provides further insights into the nature and mission of our Savior, as well as the Plan of Happiness and man's eternal relationship with out Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Once you have knowledge of who Jesus CHrist is, you need to pray to Heavenly Father and ask to know the truth for yourself. If you ask sincerely and humbly, Heavenly Father will make the truth known to you through the Holy Ghost, who will cause your bosom to burn within you and will whisper the truth to your mind. Once you have this testimony, your faith in Jesus Christ will begin to grow, but you cannot stop there. You need to keep reading the scriptures, praying constantly for a witness of the divinity of the Savior. You also have to live your life in accordance with the Lord's teachings, keeping the commandments at all times, obeying the Word of Wisdom, attending church meetings regularly. And always praying for more light and knowledge. You can never have too much of that Show more Show less