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Hi I'm Wayne

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints proud to say, "I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I was born in the first half of the last century. The oldest of 4 children, my Dad was career Navy and Mom worked at various jobs depending on where in the world we were living. My Mother was a convert to the Church in the early 50's and I was baptized several months after turning 8 in Yokohama, Japan, where my Dad was stationed a the time. I graduated high school just as the Viet Nam war was heating up and rather than being drafted into the Army, I joined the Navy hoping to stay out of the mud and heat of Viet Nam. It worked as the closest I ever got to Viet Nam was Japan around 1970. Jumping ahead to the present, I now have 4 children, the oldest of whom is going to be 35 this year. My youngest son just turned 16 and is taking driver's education as a Junior in High School. Now THAT scares me! I enjoy golf and bowling when I can get out for some R&R.

Why I am a Mormon

As mentioned above, I was baptized when I was eight because I guess that's what was expected of me at the time. I was active or semi-active in the Church until sometime after getting out of the Navy. Shortly thereafter I became actively inactive for the next 35 years. Reflecting on my life upon approaching 60 I realized that something was missing in my life. Having been raised from childhood in the Church, it felt as if I was lost in an abyss of utter darkness. However, if I looked up and stared hard enough, I could see a small but bright light overhead. I decided that the next time the Home Teachers came by, I would not run and hide, but would listen to the message they brought into our home. The message that fateful day was regarding the invitation by our Heavenly Father through his Prophet and Apostles to return to the Church and that through the Atonement of our Lord and Savior, our sins could be forgiven! Following a few more visits from our Home Teachers, and a visit from our Bishop and Stake President-I wonder how that happened-I started reading the scriptures once again and praying for an answer as to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration of the Gospel as I had never prayed before. At some point in my reading I came across Moroni 10:4-5. If you have a copy of the Book of Mormon, please take a few moments to read this scripture, it changed my life. I immediately got down on my knees and prayed as suggested, not once, not twice but many times. Was I visited by an angel? No. Did I receive a direct revelation from Heavenly Father? No. Did I feel a calm come over me, a peace of mind and a joy previously unknown? Yes! I now KNOW the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and restored the Gospel and Christ's Church of which I am a member of today! As I read and study the Scriptures daily, I am amazed at how applicable to today's world the Gospel is even as it was when written. Truth is everlasting and unchanging.

How I live my faith

In living my faith I spend a lot of time reading the scriptures, especially studying the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon presently. Being an Elder in our Church, I have several callings including Home Teaching and as an Instructor in one of our Doctrinal classes. I find teaching to be a challenge but I learn more than I thought possible during my preparation for my assignment. I try to attend as many activities as possible to enjoy the fellowship and love shared in a gathering of fellow members and neighbors.

Are Mormons Christians?

Wayne
We Mormons are indeed Christians. The official name of our Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The cover of the Book of Mormon even states that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the rock upon which our Church was founded and exists today. Show more Show less