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Hi I'm Winn

I'm married, the father of six wonderful children and I'm a Mormon. I love mountain biking, hiking, skiing and Colorado.

About Me

I have been married for 30 years now to a wonderful lady. We have been blessed with six great children. Two girls and four boys, ages 17 to 28. I worked my way through college learning multiple construction disciplines. I have poured foundations, framed houses (the most fun), painted exteriors and interiors and done hot tar roofing (the least fun). I graduated from college in CAD/CAM Technology (designing things on computers). Currently, I am a UNIX Systems Administrator, which means I make sure large business computers stay up and running properly. In my free time, I love to go alpine (downhill) skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. I used to love to play basketball until I got too slow, and go fly fishing until I fell in love with biking. I also own several older BMW's (you can get them cheap if you are willing to work on them yourself). I enjoy keeping them running, teaching my kids how to fix cars and driving them (the cars NOT the kids) around.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is lead personally by Jesus Christ through a living prophet today. I can say I know this because I investigated the claims made by the church and asked God (through personal prayer) if the claims are true. Neither the church nor the missionaries tried to convince me they were right. They just presented their message and told me to ask God myself whether they were telling the truth. I did and He did.

How I live my faith

First, I live my faith by attending church on Sunday with my family instead of skiing and mountain biking (which I love to do the other days of the week). The church has a lay ministry, so all positions are filled by regular members with real careers. I have served in most of the positions over the years wherever I have been asked to help. I love working with the youth so my favorite jobs have been as a Sunday school teacher, scoutmaster and leading high school students in an early morning bible study class.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Winn
Jesus tried to teach people how to have a happy life. If He was correct, then living His teachings should make us happy. Try implementing His teachings in your life and see whether it makes you happier and more at peace with yourself. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Winn
No Mormon is required to serve a mission. Young men are encouraged if they are healthy and willing to live by a set of rules during their missions. My experience has been that around 50% to 60% percent of the young men I know have served a mission for the church. As you may or may not know, they do not choose where they serve. They are assigned to a mission by the church based on where they are needed. They serve for 2 years. The interesting thing is they all seem to love the people they serve and feel the church leaders were inspired to send them wherever they did. Young women are not encouraged to nor discouraged from serving. I would guess about 10% serve a mission, which for them, lasts 18 months. Retired couples and individuals are also encouraged to serve a mission, which can last from 6 months to 18 months depending on the type of mission they choose to serve. I would guess 20% of the older members of the church end up serving at least one time. I know many who love the adventure and serve multiple times. Show more Show less