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Hi I'm Walt

I'm a husband, a father and a grandfather. I'm an advocate for wild things and wild places. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. I've lived in Wyoming all my life. I met a wonderful Mormon girl when I was 16 years old and we've been married for almost 38 years. We have three grown daughters and eight of the cutest granchildren anyone ever saw. My life's work, aside from my family, has been wildlife conservation. I hunt, fish, hike and ride a mountain bike. I love the outdoors, and so does my family. We love being together at our cabin in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 32 years old. It wasn't an easy decision. I grew up in another church. I knew some great people there, but I didn't really have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. One day, a firend aske me what I thoguht about God. My reply was, "I don't." He shared his beliefs with me. My wife talked with me about her faith. Soon, I found that I just couldn't escape the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more I learned, the more I prayed, the more I knew that it was true. Since that time, I've come to know that a lot of other things are true. I know that God lives, and that he answers our prayers. I know that Jeus Christ is His son and that he took upon Himself our sins (even mine!) to save us. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. I know that there is a living prophet today, and that he leads us. Maybe more than anything else, I know that God loves me, always has and always will.

How I live my faith

I serve in the church as a branch president - the leader of a small (~100) congregation of young people between the ages of 18 and 30. It's wonderful. The people of my branch are mostly students, young professionals and military personnel. They serve one another and their community with joy and love. Their optimism and faith are simply inspiring. They face the same chalenges that young people across the United States (probably across the world) face. But they do so with faith and hope and charity. They are the most inspiring people I've ever met, and I love them with all my heart.