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Hi I'm Wade

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a great life! My wife and I have been married for 19 years and have we seven beautiful children who keep us on our toes, running in all directions, challenged and very proud as we watch them grow and progress in a wide variety of activities. In my spare time I like to play with the kids in the back yard, help them with their homework, go hiking with the family, work around the house and in the yard and if its the right time of year watch BYU football. I love to coach soccer when given the opportunity but with most of my soccer players currently playing middle school and high school sports I now spend my time cheering them and their teammates in as a spectator. Throughout my life I have had the privledge of working in various aspects of the agricultural industry ranging from returning home after college to the small dairy farm in Idaho where I grew up, to caring for 600 dairy cows as the herdsman on a midsized dairy farm in Utah, to working on a large crop farm in Michigan where we raisied potatoes for potato chips. My current occupation involves milk and I work in Colorado for an agricultural cooperative whose purpose is to help dairy farmers get their milk from farm to market. I love being associated with agriculture because of it people and its purpose to provide good food to my family, my friends, my neighbors and maybe something I do even provides for you and your family.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I have always been a Mormon. I was lucky enough to be born into a family who has been associated with the Gospel of Jesus Christ my entire life. Certainly growing up reading the scriptures like the Bible and the Book of Mormon and reading the words of the prophet Joseph Smith and other modern prophets started me on the path of a belief in Jesus Christ much like reading the Bible and reading about the prophets in that great book of scripture have put many others on the path of a belief in Jesus Christ. But at some point the enticements and teachings of the world force to you to question what you believe and to find out for yourself what is true. And at that point it doesn't really matter where you came from or how you got on the path. You have come to a fork in the road you have to decide if everything you know is for real or if it is just a great story. I am a Mormon for several reasons, first my questioning sometimes has lead me try out the worlds ways and philosophies and I discovered for myself the emptiness they bring. Second, I have been obedient to God's commandments and observed the postive results and blessings that come from that obedience. Most importantly, as I read and study the scriptures and listen to the modern prophets teach and testify of Jesus Christ and his gospel I have felt some of the greatest peace in my life. And when I follow those teachings and as I share them will others I am the most happy. Our family has been fortunate to have lived in a variety of locations around the United States giving us the opportunity to meet lots of different people and see places that most people only read about in books. It has also allowed us to live among a lot of members of our church and in areas where we are a very small minority. In both situations I have found the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in "Mormonism" provides peace, contentment and direction to me and my family that cannot be found anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I live my faith at home by trying to read the scriptures each day individually and with my family. Equally important is personal and family prayers in the morning, before meals and at night before we head to bed. My wife and I also try to pray and read together as this helps us to strengthen our relationship. I won't lie, we don't always get it done and sometimes it seems to cause more contention in the house to get everyone together than if we just left the kids alone. However, I can also report that most of them time we do get something for our efforts and at times those same kids we have to drag to scriptures a few nights ago are the ones that remind us that we still need to read scriptures before bed. I live my faith at church through weekly participation in church meetings and activities. This participation is a strenth to me and my family both through what we learn and in the opportunity to strengthen others. In the church we are also called upon to strengthen one another by teaching gospel principles at church and in the homes of members. It may seem a little strange but I think I usually get more out of these efforts than those I teach simply because I have to study and prepare it well enough to teach it. I also help with people who are moving, community cleanup events, and serve in the Young Men's organization in our ward (congregation). I live my faith at work and in my community by seeking to be honest in my dealings, maintaining my standards of conduct by avoiding profanity, off color jokes and inuendos and sharing my beliefs with those around me when the opportunity arises. I am grateful to those around me who recognize my desires and help me maintain my standards while interacting directly with me.