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Hi I'm Walt

I'm a retired Naval aviator and college administrator. I've been married 42 years and became a Mormon at age 19.

About Me

I like to spend time with my family, but when I'm not doing that I like woodworking and home renovation projects, gardening, guitar, sports (I still play racquetball three times a week), swimming, searching my family tree, and reading. I have two grown daughters who are both married to wonderful young men and one very active grandson.

Why I am a Mormon

I took the missionary discussions to prove to my fiance her church was not true so she would marry me. She told me that she "would marry anyone who could prove her church wasn't true." I told her I would fly tomorrow to Louisiana and to have the best missionaries ready. I didn't want any excuses because they brought in the "second string." I had many questions that had stumped previous ministers, but I was surprised and impressed with the way the missionaries answered them. They used the scriptures. Their concept of God and Jesus Christ as separate and distinct individuals with bodies of flesh and bone that were perfected rang true to me. They taught me about the apostasy and its role in the many different churches we find in the world today. I felt these two principles made sense. I wasn't ready to concede yet. I asked them to return the next night and the next and the next. They taught me to pray and I did. On Thursday afternoon before they came over that evening, I was outside thinking about the things they had taught me. I didn't want to become a Mormon, but if that was what was true I would follow it. I really wanted to know if it was true so I could forge ahead with all energy or tell the missionaries to "hit the road." As I was pondering on this very important issue, I heard a voice in my head, not a voice that can be heard with the ears, but not just a thought either. It was distinct and piercing. It said, "If you don't join this church, you'll be making a big mistake. What these people are telling you is the truth." With that answer I committed to be baptized. I had another lesson on Friday and one on Saturday and was baptized Saturday afternoon. I went to my first church meeting on Sunday. Looking back I find it difficult that I as a 19 year old could make such an important and life changing decision. I have never regretted it and have been blessed immensely because of it. By the way I married that beautiful Louisiana girl.

How I live my faith

Compassion and comforting have never been easy for me. However, my faith has helped me to become better in this area and I have been blessed to be able to reach out and help others. I am still not like the Savior, but I am attempting to follow his example and serve my fellow man. Our relationships with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, our families, and our fellow men and women are the important things in this life.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Walt
One of the most important principles found in Mormonism is the fact that you and I can go directly to our Heavenly Father in prayer and receive answers to our prayers including whether the Mormon Church is true or not. We do not have to be dependent upon anyone or anything. We can go direct to the source of all truth, and without being encumbered by culture, language, or physical disability, and receive an answer to our prayers. The only caveat is we must be sincere and have real intent--meaning it is not just an academic exercise--we will act on the information and answers we receive. We must also have faith in Jesus Christ. As we do the Holy Ghost will witness to us of the truth. If we study it out and ask a direct question, such as "Is the Mormon Church true?" or, "Is the Book of Mormon true?" or, Is Joseph Smith a prophet?" we will get an answer. The form of the answer will be different for all of us, but most of the time it comes as a warm feeling, a feeling of peace, or a feeling that it is just right. If it is wrong we will have a stupor of thought. Sometimes it comes as a voice in our head as it did for me, or in a dream. However it comes, though, we will recognize it and will have the obligation to act on it. Show more Show less