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Hi I'm Walt

And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an almost retired computer programmer and software project manager. Like so many others in Utah, I grew up in the church with a father who was a descendent of the Mormon Pioneers and a mother who was a convert from the Catholic Church. I served a mission for the Mormon Church in Scotland, and served 4 years for the US Army during the Vietnam War. I am an active amateur radio operator, an avid fan of science fiction, politically a Libertarian, and, of course a Husband and Dad. My wife and I have been married for 38 years and we have 7 children and 18 grandchildren. Around here, I guess I am pretty normal.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the Church, I had a lot of questions about my own and other faiths. I presented them to my dad who explained them as best he could. Then he challenged me to read really read the Book of Mormon. He told me that if I read it for a week, and prayed about it, and didn’t get a confirmation from God about its verity, then I could live my life any way that I wanted and he wouldn’t interfere. That was a bold promise. But I did it, and got the confirmation that he predicted. I discussed this with my favorite teacher in High School – a chemistry teacher who was not a Mormon – who said that perhaps I had brain-washed myself. He, the teacher, proposed that I repeat the experiment to see if the results were also repeatable. I did and they were. I have never since doubted the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. From that day to this I have furthered my study of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and of Joseph Smith, who proclaimed Christ as the Savior.

How I live my faith

My religion is my life and my life is my religion. From a practical perspective I try to be as honest as I can be. I try to be diligent in my assignments both in the church and in the world. I pay a tithe of my income, I live the Word of Wisdom, I do my best to remain free of the immoralities of the world. But on a deeper level it is more straightforward. It may seem trite, but I find enormous value in the question “What would Jesus do?” I don’t always know exactly what Jesus would do, but I can reflect and extrapolate, and then, having taken action, I can usually feel a calm and spiritual reassurance that I have done right. And if not right, that tickling urge to correct myself, and make things right if I have harmed others in any way. As these correct actions become habitual, I have fewer and fewer moments of uncertainty, and a more natural disposition do to what is right. I am currently serving as the sunday School Young Married Gospel Doctrine class teacher with my wife and also as the Stake Technology Specialist.

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