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Hi I'm Wally

I grew up in Arizona. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad - most of my kids are adults now. I enjoy gardening, reading, and computers, and especially music. I've been an active musician all my life: at home, at school, at church, in the studio, and in the community.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents were both members of the church and were good examples to me, I'm a Mormon by my choice. The still small voice of the Holy Spirit has come to me many times in my life - telling me that Jesus Christ took upon himself not only our sins, but also our sorrows, struggles, and failures. And he did it for each one of us. That same voice has warned me to save me from danger, helped me with tough decisions, and prompted me know that following the Savior means having the courage to stand up for what's right, while loving others who may not agree with me. The teachings of the church, and the help the Lord has given me have carried me through the toughest places in my life - working through divorce, helping care for my aging mother, and helping family members challenged by mental illness. That still small voice let me know I was never alone. The Lord opened doors for me, taught me about forgiveness and faith and my own shortcomings. Members of my ward (congregation) provided help and encouragement. I've witnessed miracles large and small - perhaps the most important being the changing of hearts and lives, when the power of the Savior's example and his sacrifice takes hold.

How I live my faith

I think the home is the first place for learning to live what Jesus Christ has taught us about love. It's also the most intensive "lab" part - where we get the real chance to practice. I am thankful to be a father, and am trying to be better at it. Parenting is a big challenge, but I'm also learning the rewards are scattered all through the experience. Some of the seeds we plant take right away, and others yield results after years of sticking with the job. I like getting to know my neighbors, and enjoy organizing block parties. Having lived in several neighborhoods in the last few years, it seems that if someone takes the first step, people are willing to pitch in - they want to get to know each other. I've decided to be the one to take the first step, and found that I have great neighbors. Service is an important part of my faith. I am assigned to regularly visit a widow in our congregation who is blind, and has difficulty hearing. As a service project, a group of our youth and adult men removed the old shingles off her roof so so she could have it redone. I have taught various age groups at church, and am currently serving in music. Each December, we organize a sing-along of Handel's Messiah, with orchestra, and invite the community to participate. My day job includes providing technical support for software users. Often they are trying to meet deadlines and have some challenge that is frustrating them. The gospel helps me to be more patient, and treat them with respect (to try putting myself in their place). It feels good to help them succeed. I'm a composer and been able to share original music for church functions. Helping create something beautiful that uplifts people is very satisfying. I love teaching people to develop and share their talents. I know those talents come from God, and by sharing we enrich the lives of others as well as our own.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no restrictions for membership in the Church, or for holding the priesthood, based on race or color. We believe in continuing revelation from God to living prophets. I was thrilled in 1978, when the prophet at that time received the revelation which removed any restrictions based on race or color. Show more Show less