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Hi I'm Walter Rakow

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. I spent 30 great years in the military. I love my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired Command Sergeant-Major. I spent 30+ years in the Army and enjoyed every venture and opportunity. I am a husband to a wonderful wife and the father of four children. While in the Army I spent 20 years assigned to the Ranger Battalions and Ranger Regiment. I enjoy doing self help projects and learning how to care for and fix things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I wanted to have a close personnal relationship with my Heavenly Father and my former religion not provide the understanding on how to gain that relationship. I converted when I was 26 years old, single, and assigned to the Ranger BN in FT Lewis Washington. My life was a bit chaotic during this time in my life and I needed to get it back on track. I know our Savior loves us and want us to come back to live with him and our Heavenly Father. I know that without my conversion to the LDS church, both my personnal and professional life would not have been as successful as it become. I love the Church and am deeply grateful for my membership.

How I live my faith

I try each day to provide a good example of being a good person. I enjoy Home Teaching. I also enjoy going on visits or teaching lessons with the missionaries. I try to appropriately tell my conversion story and how it changed my life. I enjoy teaching lessons during Sunday meetings. I am always available to help fix and/or maintain the missionary bicycles. Our family enjoys feeding the missionaries, and enjoy the spiritual thoughts they leave with us. I am so grateful for all the people I have met in the church and the stories of their lives. It helps me appreciate that we are all very much alike.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Walter Rakow
I have found that Mormons are oft times thought of as a cult because they do not understand just how sacred we regard things of the Spirit. At times I have found that our zeal can be intimidating. But I have also learned that if you be a friend, and people get to know you, they realize that you are a Christian who loves the Savior Show more Show less