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Hi I'm Wally and Colleen

My wife Colleen and I are Mormons, and happier than ever.

About Me

Colleen and Wally are a very happily married Mormon couple. Wally has been in Nursing 33 years and has three college degrees, and is now working on his Doctorate in Law. Colleen is teaching autistic children and finishing her Master's in Special Education. We love the Church and all its teachings. Here, we will tell our stories, first Wally, then Colleen.

Why I am a Mormon

(Wally) I grew up very rough and lived rough all my life. It is not the fault of anyone but myself, I think, because one cannot go on blaming one's childhood and youth forever. I was a Marine, then a biker, also I was a football player and wrestler. I was certainly not a "nice guy". I carried a chip on my shoulder all my life. I did many of the things a young man can do that lead to ruination. How I survived it all was a miracle. I don't think there is a need to go into specifics. One can ascertain from my statement that my life was bad. I had much loss and turmoil. It felt often as if everything were spiraling down into an abyss. I tried searching for the truth in many different churches. I needed Heavenly Father to pull me through. Whatever church I went to, I felt like a ship with a bent rudder. Nothing seemed to fit, and I was confused about what use my life was. As I said, I am an RN. I used to work in a very tough place. Everyone was depressed, angry, bitter. There was only one nurse there who was happy. She had Multiple Sclerosis, yet she kept pace. Always smiling and happy. I was bewildered by her. I knew she was LDS, so I finally asked "What makes you Mormons so happy? I see little to be cheerful about here." She began to discuss the church in bits and pieces, while we were working. I went to dinner with her family a few times. They asked me if I was ready for missionaries, and I said no for about a year. I was given a Book of Mormon, and read some of it during that year. At first, things seemed confusing, but in time, the Gospel and the truth opened up fully before me. I had finally found that I had always sought. My "bent rudder" straightened out. Though I became gravely ill with MRSA after my baptism and had an amputation, I knew that my Heavenly Father loved me, and all things went according to His plan. I always feel great joy in church, and the peace I have never known in God's House, the Temple. I go there with my beautiful wife, Colleen. The church and the Temple strengthen our love and bind it. Even though some days are hard, Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ are there. I hope for the reader that you find this peace also, from the church.

How I live my faith

It is not so hard as you might think, living a healthy Mormon life. Colleen and I attend our church every week, and try to make it to the Temple weekly. I live my faith by remembering the atonement that was made by our Savior for us all. I live the Word of Wisdom, and let no unclean thing (and that includes my own thoughts) interfere with my love for the church and also my wife and family. I love the teachings of the prophets and Joseph Smith so much, it brings tears to these eyes that rarely shed tears. I live it also by always being there, and being kind to my wife. Colleen has grown so much since we got married a little over two years ago.

Are Mormons Christians?

Wally and Colleen
Define a Christian. It is one who believes and worships the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. We are the church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Wally and Colleen
Colleen and I will be together forever, through a process known as "Sealing in the Temple". A Temple Marriage binds us throughout eternity. Similarly, relatives can be sealed in the temple. This is especially true of those who have passed away. It is one of the reasons we Mormons find so much importance in geneology. Show more Show less