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Hi I'm Walter

I'm an engineer, a husband, a father, a woodworking hobbyist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I graduated high school in 1971 I had two main interests - music and technology. I kew I wanted to eat, so I became an engineer. I married a musically talented woman. Now we have seven children and all are or have been musicians. So I got both wishes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. When my mother left Utah to marry an Eastern Shoreman, I don't think she ever expected to be part of an LDS church again. It just wasn't there in Salisbury. By the time I was born, a few local members had found each other and were holding small Sunday services. I grew up with that struggling little group. Today they are about 800 strong. Wow! As a teenager, I knew I had to think and know for myself what was true and what was tradition. I found out. I feel very fortunate to have been given the blessing of being part of the Lord's church and kingdom restored to earth in the last days. I often wonder how I would have reacted as an adult hearing about the Restoration for the first time. It is here and the world is finding out about it - first slowly, and now at the speed of the Internet.

How I live my faith

I have a church assignment that has me visiting congregations all over south central Oklahoma every week. Almost weekly I am speaking in worship services or teaching somewhere. I rarely prepare a written message. Personal study, experience, and religious practice have made it possbile for me to teach by the power of the Spirit, delivering the Father's message rather than my own. I cannot express the humbling honor it is to be exposed to that kind of revelation each week. I am the greatest beneficiary of the "service" I give.

Are Mormons Christians?

Walter
Following Christ makes one a Christian. I am a Mormon. I am a Christian. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Walter
The purpose of Christ's church is largely "for the perfecting of the Saints" (Ephesians 4:12). (Just to be clear, in New Testament language, a Saint is a follower of Christ.) In no other way could the Savior build and improve His people more effectively than having us be repsonsible for each other. I am an engineer with a busy job and many family responsibilities. I truly thank God that I have also been given duties to teach and bless my fellow Saints daily (not weekly or monthly, but daily). The Lord's concept of bringing meaning, truth, and joy to His children through having them care for each other is divine. He asks of us a willing heart and He promises to make up for our weaknesses through the Spirit. If that promise were not true, we amateurs would have destroyed this church decades ago! Show more Show less