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Hi I'm Wendell

I'm a husband, a father, a physician and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four children and am a physician in a rural area. Prior to living here I was in the United States military and have lived all over the world. I enjoy outdoor power sports including riding motorcycles and snowmobiles. I am a leader in the church in my local area. But most of all I love to spend time with my wife and children.

Why I am a Mormon

My family are converts to the Church. My mother and I joined when I was ten years old. But until recently I was the only member of my family who has remained an active member of the Church. I have remained active because the Church's doctrines answer my questions of who I am, what is the purpose of life and is there more than this just this life. The Church teaches that we are children of a literal Father in Heaven, that He loves us and wants us to succeed and be like Him. We lived with Him before this life and can live with Him again. This life is a learning opportunity. As we learn about our Heavenly Father and we learn of his counsels, we should strive to follow his guidance. As we do that we are blessed and become more like Him. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can repent and be cleansed. If we do, we can return to our Father in Heaven and live with Him. I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the World, and that there is a prophet on the earth today that speaks for them. I know that by following that prophet we can learn of Christ, learn of His doctrines and return to live with our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example of Christ in my daily life and to serve others. Christ taught "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". Within my community I not only help people through my profession, but I serve on my local hospital governance board, am a physician leader in my work place and am a leader in the Church. When asked by those that I work with how I can be a husband and father, a busy general surgeon, involved in hospital and clinic governance and a leader in the Church, I try to explain how the Lord blesses me and helps me find the time. I let those around me know who I am and what I stand for.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse a particular political party or platform, nor does the Church allow its buildings to be places of political rallies or meetings. But the Church does encourage its members to be active and to take an active part in the political process and to at least vote. The Church encourages its members to seek out and learn the issues and then decide which party, platform or candidate best represents them and their opinions. Members are then encouraged to participate to the level that they desire. If members of the Church desire to to run for political office they are free to do so. Members of the Church can be found in all levels of local, county, state and federal government. Show more Show less