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Hi I'm Wayne

I am an educator and software engineer. I have lived many places around the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, our family lives in Colorado and love the opportunity to grow many of our own vegetables. My wife, and I have two fine sons. One served a mission in Manaus, Brazil and the other is serving on Temple Square. I am a software engineer by trade, but also have teaching credentials to teach secondary mathematics and science in California, Colorado, and Nebraska. I also have Principal licenses in Colorado and Nebraska. My wife and I are both converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am currently teaching at a local career college. We also spend time in the summer growing a large vegetable garden with friends. We are both using the produce and donating to a local food bank including over 1,000 pounds of carrots to the local food bank.

Why I am a Mormon

Ir rook me 25 years to join the Church, from the time a good friend gave me a Book of Mormon. I did have problems with understanding the Isaiah chapters at that time, it might have had something to do with being in elementary school. When I was in my 30s I seriously started looking for a Church that taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, taught the scriptures, believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and believed in Prophecy. I had a friend in Pennsylvania who answered many of my questions, but I was not yet ready to be baptized. A bit later, I decided to read the Old Testament from cover to cover and was about three quarter of the way through when a friend introduced me to the missionaries. After some discussions, it was the missionaries who through inspiration gave me a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants. I read the Doctrine and Covenants in three days, which isn't bad for being a slow reader and then started to more completely understand what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught. Having a Prophet and teaching that Priesthood holders can bless their families, as well as those in need, are major reasons I belong to the Church. Our oldest son has had three open-heart surgeries. The first one was at nine months old, where we had less than a 50/50 chance of seeing him alive again. If any of you have given up your child to another knowing the risks involved, but knowing the greater risks if nothing was done, know what it was like being the parent of a critically ill child. The Priesthood is given by Jesus Christ so that we can act in His name. I believe that Jesus Christ loves each of us and so it is a great comfort to know that I can bless the lives of others and other holders of the Priesthood can bless me in such trying times. There are so many reasons why I am a Mormon. I am grateful for my parents and my upbringing, I believe that being a Mormon builds on and adds to what I learned growing up.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. I read the scriptures, say prayers daily, and look for ways to serve others. Besides family, Home Teaching is the most important opportunity I have to serve in the Church. It is where I can help a few families each month with whatever needs they may have. It is an excellent way to build good friendships and serve in the Church.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Wayne
There is only one person who has ever lived and led a perfect life, and that is Jesus Christ. I have studied many faiths and have friends in all of the major religions. They are all good people and live their lives admirably. In my early thirties, I started to search for a religion in which I could believe. As I was studying these many religions, I was drawn to the knowledge that the atonement of Jesus Christ must be the central part of the religious organization I joined. As I have grown over the time I have been a member of our Church, I have come to know the importance of Jesus Christ's life and ultimate sacrifice for us. We are not perfect, we all make sins of commission and omission (things we need to be doing to better serve God and our fellow man that we are not). We cannot live with Heavenly Father unless our sins are washed away. we personally cannot do this, because we are not perfect and without flaw. Only Jesus Christ can take away our sins through His atonement., since Christ is the only perfect person who has lived in this world. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we can be saved. Without a Savior, we would be condemned to live with our sins throughout eternity. I am grateful to know that Jesus Christ has provided a way that with faith in Him I can live eternally with my family in Heaven. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Wayne
I was hoping for almost any other question, but this is a question that has often come up in my discussions with others. When I was baptized, my sister sent me a stack of books that did not say kind things about my faith. I did read a couple of the books, but always prayed about them and ALWAYS had the material they were referencing available so that I could read the original source. When there was one quote in one of the books that had a "..." in the middle of a sentence, and when I checked the original source the word that was left out was the word "not," I decided to never read one of those books again. There is a lot of misunderstanding about the Church. In discussions I have had with non-member friends, the concern has usually related to Mormons not worshiping the same Jesus Christ as the Protestants worship. When I was a Protestant, I always believed that Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. Please prayerfully rea John 3:16. As a Protestant and believing this, I was a good Christian. However, once I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and believed this, others said I was no longer a Christian. There are also a few other beliefs that are different for Mormons than for Protestants. Ibeleive in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe that knowing this is the first foundation to being a true Christian. I believe that my friends of other faiths are Christians and as a member that I am also a Christian. Show more Show less