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Hi I'm Wayne Jespersen

I believe in the gospel as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

What is important to me? My faith in my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ... my family, both the one that raised me and my wife and seven children and eight grandchildren... my friends, those with me through all and those I may meet today. As a eclectic musician various instruments are part of my life. My other great joy is choir singing. Also served as a jazz musician with the saxophone in school and still play jazz keyboards. Also play the guitar and sing children's songs and folk music. Sometimes play the organ at church. The little farm... we raise pigs and chickens. Our laying hens are good producers and we raise our own meat hens also. Gardening in Florida is wonderful, virtually year-round. What is not to love about the outdoors, about God's Earth? Have explored the Canadian wilderness and all through our nation's back woods and mountains. I find a peace in God's country. I am an Eagle Scout and have received the District Award of Merit serving as a Scout Trainer. My father was a deep inspiration serving over 65 years. Served as a Boy Scout leader for most of my life, most recently as a council COPE director, and. Although I am a Vietnam-era war veteran, I was extremely fortunate to have served state-side and not in the war zone -- so many suffered there. I am a third generation immigrant from Denmark, my grandfather Soren arriving in 1902 and my mother arriving in the '30s.

Why I am a Mormon

My search for the truth began as a young man and still goes on day after day. Seeking for the truth brings new understanding and thus helps me through life's challenges. One of the greatest guides I have is The Book of Mormon. It helps guide me in my life and witnesses to me of my Savior, Jesus Christ. The witness of the Holy Spirit when I read and study the Book of Mormon is why I have faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that brought this book to my attention. This, along with my Bible studies, is why I worship Jesus Christ and seek earnestly to follow His example. It is also why I believe in receiving revelation, both personal and through living prophets.

How I live my faith

Service to others is my goal in this life. I pray for the Savior to guide me and inspire me to serve others. My profession is teaching, now retired. My life is full of blessings as I serve. Working with young men in Cub and Boy Scouts gives me great satisfaction. Whether through exploring, hiking, sailing, rock climbing or other challenging outdoor experiences, it is a great opportunity to help these men achieve their full potential. Visiting families and seeking to assist as directed by my Savior and others is a great satisfaction to me also. This I do on a regular basis under direction of the leadership in our Church.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Wayne Jespersen
Throughout history, legends of the "great white god" that not only visited the Americas, but the islands of the Pacific abound. It is those legends that have led many to search the Book of Mormon. My dear wife Mary came to know that the Book of Mormon was true for this very reason, She is part Cherokee and had studied the legends extensively, when she found the book, she read it through in just a few days and knew it was true. I invite you to do the same. It is a history of the resurrected Savior's visit to a faithful people that lived near a "narrow neck of land", as they called it, in the Americas. These witnesses, to me, along with the personal witness of the Holy Spirit, are an added testament that Jesus is the Christ for all mankind. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Wayne Jespersen
I live in Florida. We have horrible hurricanes. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is always among the first to arrive with an army of men and women to clean up after the storms. Our organization promotes a rapid response team effort and that coupled with our dedication to service to anyone in need, as our Savior Jesus Christ counsels, gave me the opportunity to help clear the debris as a result of Katrina, Charlie and others, as far away as Pensacola as well as our own neighborhood. Many times we camp out in the chapels of other faiths, working closely with them in the cleanup. God is no respecter of persons, He loves all, and we follow that example. Show more Show less