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Hi I'm Walter

I grew up in Florida and am now retired. I was a Civil Engineer and a Fla. Nationa Guard Command Sergeant Major. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, have 9 children (5 boys & 4 girls), 24 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. As a small child and during the 2nd World War I lived in the Panama Canal Zone, and I vividly remember the crowds of residents that burst into the streets laughing, crying and hugging each other, when the War ended. After the war my familly returned to the US. I went with my family again to the Canal Zone, when I was in the 10th grade. I dearly loved the HIgh School in the Canal Zone, for all of the teachers had Masters Degrees, and you were taught on a College Level. I returned to the US and attended a High School that was rated #7 in the nation, only to find that much of what they were teaching here I was already taught in the 11th grade in the Canal Zone. I retired after 37 years of Project Management City of Jacksonville, Fl, and 36 years of National Guard Service - last 8 as a Command Sgt Maj. I love to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) and render service in the church and helping youth, elderly, sick or needy families. I dearly love music and singing in the choirs. I started singing solos when I was just 3 years old and continue to do so. I was a church music director for 51 years and a choir director. I spend much of my time maintaining my home and rendering service to others. This is a blessing for me which exemplifies Mormons. God has blessed me beyond description with good health and strength, in spite of my advanced age.

Why I am a Mormon

The Mormon teachings and principles are true, uplifting and an ensign to everyone that will investigate, study it's Gospel Principles, pray for knowledge and embrace then them. As a youth In Panama I attended a meeting in which one of the LDS Missionaries stood and bore his testimony, stating that at the onset of his mission he didn't have a firm testimony of the Book of Mormon. While teaching the San Blas Indians, he found they knew more about the Book of Mormon than he did, for they are indeed decendents of the Lamanites spoken of in the Book of Mormon. The religion these native Americans were teaching their people was passed down from generation to generation. The San Blas were amazed that these two white men taught them from the Book of Mormon, and it contained the same doctrine that they had taught for generations.This Missionary now knew for a surety the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, for these people actually knew more about these teachings than he did. The Chief of Chiefs and his family were baptized and the islanders embraced the Mormon Doctrine and were being baptized, too. The Chief then stood and bore his testimony in his native language and Spanish, which was translated, as he spoke, by the missionaries. He too shed tears as he spoke. Needless to say, I had now met some of the descendants of the Lamanites, and my testimony was sealed that the Book of Mormon was indeed another Testament of Jesus Christ to be used in conjunction with the Bible.

How I live my faith

Over my lifetime I have served in many callings in the church. The beauty of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that all who serve in the church do so without any compensation. there is no paid ministry in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have had many callings to serve in the church. I served as Music Director for 51 years, Choir director several different times, when I'm not directing the choir, I sing in the choir. I served as President of the Elders Quorum twice, High Priest Group Leader, Ward Mission Leader twice, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster twice, Boy Scout Committee Advancment Chairman for the past 15 years, Ward Missionary, and currently serve as the Church's Building Representative for the past two years. I participate at the Church's Bishops Storehouse and assemble and deliver food to needy families. On occasions I participate and the Church's Cannery. I am assigned to visit and care for some church families at least once a month. Periodically, I am blessed to be able to go and assist in various service projects, ie. help families move, clean homes and yards, perform youth and scout projects and, in general, assist whenever and wherever their is a need. As Ward Building Representative, I am blessed with the opportunity to organize member teams to go every week and clean the church builidng. It is uplifting to be with the members as they cheerfully go about cleaning the building and serving their Heavenly Father.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Walter
After you've completed this life and all is said and done, you cannot take any of your riches or possessions with you. But, the undoubtedly the greatest gift that God has given to mankind is that through the Sealing Ordinance of the Latter Day Saint Temples you and your family can be together forever as an eternal family. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Walter
Tthe Father is Head of the Household and the Mother is the nurturer; however neither one is superior to the other. Show more Show less