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Hi I'm Walt Bristow

I grew up all over the world. By my 21st birthday, I'd lived 7 years outside the U.S. including 2 years in Turkey. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm that father of five and grandfather of 16. I grew up living in 7 states in the U.S., in Germany and in Turkey. I'm now a corporate attorney for a Fortune 200 insurance company. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon at age 16. After visiting my half-sister in the summer of 1969, my mother wrote and asked the missionaries to visit us. She and I joined the Church a year later in 1970; my younger brother joined the Church years later but is no longer an active member. My father never joined. Although I wasn't into religion (few young people were at that time), I just seemed to know from the first time missionaries met with us that there was something I needed to learn from them. I never had an 'amazing' conversion; I just knew that what I was taught was something I needed to learn more about. I'm not sure I even had to pray very hard; something deep inside me told me it was true -- all of it. I was fortunate, I suppose, that I didn't have to struggle intellectually. Although I was what today we'd call a nerd, I was -- perhaps -- smart enough to realize that what I was being taught was not something I could learn like I learned advanced biology or math. Or maybe I was lucky enough to have a desire to be obedient (something else we children of the 60's weren't famous for) -- at least a desire to be obedient to things of the Spirit. Two years after being baptized I was serving as a missionary in northern Germany, helping others to learn the things I had learned. It was during this time that I first really read the scriptures. Growing up in a non-religious home, I had never read more than a scripture here or there in the Bible. Now I had the opportunity to drink deeply of the Old Testament and New Testament -- as well as the Book of Mormon. I found my thirst finally satisfied as I vicariously shared the lives of Adam and Job and Isaiah and Peter, Paul and James. And, of course, I came to better know Jesus Christ by studying His Life. I came to love my Savior and cherish every opportunity I have had to serve Him by serving His children.

How I live my faith

Like most Mormons who are engaged in their faith, I serve in the church as a volunteer. Currently I serve in my congregation by helping, with my wife, to teach individuals and families who are struggling financially. We try to help them learn sound financial principles so they can become more self-reliant. Together we also teach a Sunday School class focused on the scriptures. Finally, I help congregations throughout western Virginia and the state of West Virginia by training and assisting those who audit their financial records. And I love each opportunity to serve.