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Hi I'm Wayne

I'm a husband, a father, a teacher, and a child of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a farm in Washington to a dad who loved to farm and to a mom who was okay with that. I am the oldest of three children my younger sisters and me. I learned to appreciate hard work, but also learned that farming was not the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life. That was my motivation to go to college! Before going to college, I went on a mission to South Africa for two years. Spiritually, I grew more during those two years than the previous 19 years of my life! When I returned home, I went to college to pursue a degree in teaching and to leave my home town behind. I met the prettiest little girl while at BYU-Idaho. Her name was Valena and she was just too good for me. So I married her and had two adorable girls with her all before graduating with my teaching degree. I taught math for one year at my old high school, then taught another year in the Olympia Area. We are now pregnant with our third (another girl!) and are living back in my home town, teaching at yet another great school!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was “born a Mormon,” I had to decide if this Church was right for me. I wasn’t a terribly bad person, but there were some things in my life that weren’t in order, things that would not allow me to be truly happy. It took me a while, but through the loving guidance of my local church leaders, my friends, and my family, I sought forgiveness from my Heavenly Father. It was not an easy task, or even a moderately hard checklist to accomplish. My path to finding the Lord and allowing Him to cleanse my soul was the hardest thing I had ever done, I personally don’t think that journey is completely over. Trying hard to be the best Mormon, or Latter-day Saint, that I can be helps me along that path. I would be lost otherwise! That is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the kind of man my Father in Heaven would want me to be. In truth, it is easier said then done! It takes a lot of patience and love to be a good father and husband. I must admit that some moments I fail miserably. However, I know that Jesus Christ suffered through the atonement for me so that I can have hope of having more patience, more self-control, and more love for others, specifically for my family. I cannot live my faith without my Savior. Without Christ, nothing would be worth it. I can testify that through the power Christ’s atonement, any person can live a life of faith in Him, even with all the mistakes we make!