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Hi I'm Wayne

Born on the East Coast. Current resident on the West Coast. Fairly recent convert.

About Me

Born July 14, 1975. Haven't died yet. Married 5/25/2002. Father of 1 child. Musical Vocalist by profession. "Physically challenged", due to birth defect & subsequent surgeries. Hobbies include reading, the Dark Ages, games, studying different culture foods, travel, the 1980s & comedy. Have travelled to, and performed in France, Switzerland & the Bahamas. Have lived in roughly 1/5th of the U.S.

Why I am a Mormon

It took me 20 yrs. from my first exposure to Mormons to open my mind & soften my heart enough to investigate the LDS Church. (I lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City during the mid- 1980s.) I married a Mormon, and I was searching for some measure of peace in my life. I also wanted domestic tranquility for my family, and yet not feel pressured to change who I was, just to fit into a Church. Some parts of my testimony were already there, just laying dormant; some parts I had to gain for myself, when I sought the harder answers. I investigated the LDS denomination for roughly 1 1/2 yrs., before I converted. October General Conference '09 is what sealed it for me. The last answers I was seeking were revealed to me, and I knew it was the right thing for me to do. I love to be of service to others, and I want my family to be a "forever family", to use a quaint term.

How I live my faith

Before I converted, my wife & I were known for volunteering at the local Bishop's Storehouse. We also helped with the local Vineyard. Since my conversion I have served in many callings, including Chorus Conductor for Priesthood meetings, a Family History Consultant to help with genealogy, a Home Teacher, a Sacrament Chorister, Choir Member, and most recently as an Elder's Quorum Teacher. I have been to the Fresno, CA. Temple to perform baptisms for my ancestors. I hope to be sealed in the Temple fairly soon. Since receiving my Melchizedek priesthood, I have tried to magnify my calling, by helping others. I try to serve as an example to those around me. My family & I have been through much, lately. We are standing together as a family, and doing our best to weather the storms. I believe very heavily in the power of prayer, and the power of the Priesthood. I have a testimony of our Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the restored Gospel.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Wayne
Not at all! The Mormons have helped wherever there is a need, anywhere in the world! We believe in preparedness, and service to our fellow people. We help with food, personal supplies, toiletries, blankets, clothing...you name it. Anyone who genuinely needs help will find us willing servitors, not just those of our faith. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Wayne
Well, let's see....the name of the church is "The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints". We read both the Holy Bible, and the Book Of Mormon. We pray to God, our Heavenly Father. Any blessing, baptism or ordinance is done in the name, and authority, of Jesus Christ. We follow the same structure in our church that Christ had in the beginning. We have houses of worship, as well as temples. We assist all of our fellow men/women, for you 'politically correct' out there. We follow the Laws of Man, as well as those of God. We believe in the power of "free agency", or the freedom of choice. Sounds pretty Christian, wouldn't you say? Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Wayne
Largely out of ignorance, or misconception of the truth. The media & society have taken a few former facts and blown them wholly out of proportion. Fear also perpetuates the general public's misconception of the Church. There are many who know a little of the Church's history, and twist the truth, because they don't know the whole truth. Others simply don't take the time to research the matter, in order to find the truth of it. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Wayne
If authority wasn't important, everyone would go around performing pointless baptisms, and the act of baptism would mean nothing. It would be the same thing as if I were to go to a flight school, and tell someone they were a pilot. I'm a musician- not an aviation instructor. There are those who would claim that because they are a graduate of some Divinity School, that they have the proper authority. The question is: who gave them that authority, and is that authority the PROPER authority? Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Wayne
There are 3 parts to an LDS church service- the Sacrament meeting, Sunday School & Priesthood/Relief Society exercises. The Sacrament meeting consists of partaking of the Sacrament (bread & water), speakers giving talks (not the same speaker every time), and singing Gospel hymns. The Sacrament is specially prepared & blessed by Aaronic Priesthood holders. Catholics refer to this process as "communion". The speakers are picked by the Bishopric to speak on specific topics. The hymns are related to the topics given; all hymns are Christian in nature. Prayer is also present. Sunday School classes are divided up into age categories- Nursery (for those under the age of 3), Primary (3-11), Young Women (girls 12-17)/Priesthood Training (boys 12+), Gospel Principles & Gospel Doctrine. The Priesthood exercises are for Adult Men, and the Relief Society is for Adult Women. There are also special functions for those who are single. Visitors & those of different faiths are enocuraged to visit & check the Church out, contrary to popular belief. Many people would have you believe that only members of the LDS Church are allowed. That's like saying only firefighters are allowed to have fires burning in their fireplace- simply not true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Wayne
In my years of being a member of the LDS Church, I have not experienced anything to denote the worship of Joseph Smith, Jr. We worship God, the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was just a mortal man- granted, he was hand-picked by God to translate the Book Of Mormon and to act as a Living Prophet, but he was still just a man. Joseph Smith is respected and revered as one of the Prophets, but in no way, shape or form do we "worship" him. Those who would claim that we do, say so out of ignorance or fear. I had this concern, when I was first finding out about the Church. I asked the Missionaries & my Home Teachers about this point. It was explained to me this way: when you are a child, you find certain 'role models' that you look up to: you admire them, you find out everything you can about them, because you want to be like them. For those of us in the Church, Joseph Smith is one such 'role model'. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Wayne
That is an answer that each of us must find on our own. The path to this answer is different for each of us, but the basic steps are the same. My answer was to follow these steps: -Read the Book Of Mormon, and compare them with the Bible. -Think about, and ponder, what you read & compare. -Pray about what you read. Pray with an open mind, and an open heart. -Speak with those who are more learned in the LDS church, such as a bishop, or a missionary. Toward the end of the book of Moroni, in the Book Of Mormon, Moroni states the following: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things......And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true." -Moroni 10:4,5,29 You can hear 100 testimonies from 100 different people, stating how they know it is true. Until you have your own testimony, however, the words of other people do you no real good. It is up to YOU to ask your Heavenly Father about the truth of the LDS Church & Scriptures. Ask honestly, with an open heart & an open mind. You will find out what the truth is, I promise you. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Wayne
Testimony is proof of something one believes in. For example- any marketable product usually has a small blurb on the package or advertisement from someone who has a positive thing to say about the product. Spiritual testimony is the exact same thing. One thing about a testimony, is that it can apply to anything spiritual in which you believe. Here are some gospel principles in which I have a firm testimony: -The power of prayer -Jesus Christ as my Savior -The truth of the Book of Mormon -The importance of the family unit -The gift of the Holy Spirit -Baptism/confirmation -Temple work (genealogy) -The modern day prophets who guide this Church Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Wayne
According to what is called "The Word Of Wisdom", hot drink (at the time- coffee and black teas) were not considered good for the body. Initially, it was thought the cause was caffeine. However, it has since been determined otherwise. There is a substance in coffee and black/green teas called tannic acid, which has been proven detrimental to the body. This may be the reason, but I can't say for sure. In addition- tobacco, alcohol and other illicit substances have proven damaging to the body as well as the mind. Any substance that has the potential of being addictive not only causes physical stress on the mind and body, but on the spirit as well. One cannot rationally make sane choices if one doesn't have the clearest mind, and addictive substances don't allow you to think properly. Plain and simple. Show more Show less