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Hi I'm Wayne

I grew up in southern California. I taught school for 39 years and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a retired middle school teacher, and my wife and I are parents of 4 children and 6 grandchildren. I love to read SciFi, Mystery, Biographies, and Juvenile and adult classics. I used to backpack and play tennis and my wife and I still enjoy walks on the beach or in parks.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the LDS faith at 16, but did not join until I was 18 after careful study and prayer. It took me over a year and a half to really pray sincerely. That first time I fervently prayed, I felt the en-wrapping arms of God's love, and understood in a way of which I had never conceived. I learned of the reality of the atonement of Jesus Christ and the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith. This experience lead to joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to many other experiences that have transformed my life for good.

How I live my faith

I home teach 3 families in our congregation. They are regular people. Some actively attend and participate in the ward and others are less active. Some have challenges with their health, employment, finances, shyness, and/or loneliness. I try to talk to them regularly at church or by phone and visit them monthly. I listen and try to help them, teach brief lessons and pray with them. All active men in the LDS faith do Home Teaching. I currently serve in Sunday school, teaching and studying the Old Testament with about 30 other adults this year. My wife and I also serve as BYU Idaho Pathway missionaries working with a class of about 30 adults who are building skills to prepare them to earn a college degree. Most of the Pathway program is on-line, but we meet with our group once a week face-to-face. They mostly teach each other, but we help prepare those who lead each week and we monitor the progress of our students and help them to succeed. Prior to these callings, I had the privilege of serving as the Bishop, a lay-pastor, in a southern California congregation for 5 years. My wife and I study the scriptures daily and pray together. We try to go about doing good. We've lived on a very small Ketron Island in Puget Sound with less than 20 residents for about 1 year. We know them all pretty well and we try to be good neighbors. We keep in touch with our far flung family by email, phone and visits. We are never bored.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Wayne
Mormon is the name of the ancient American prophet who condensed the 1000-year records of his people into what is now The Book of Mormon Another Witness of Jesus Christ. We believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God just like the Holy Bible. Yes, Mormons believe in the Bible! I don't mind the title Mormon, but I think of myself as a Christian, because I try my best to follow Jesus Christ. Sometimes people get confused. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Wayne
No, we're happy to help 'most anyone. We do have a special responsibility to reach out to "Mormons" in our local area. Individual members of our local congregation regularly reach out to neighbors, donate time to local charities, and give time, goods and money to the church's humanitarian efforts that help people without regard to their nationality, race, class, or religion. Our current congregation regularly takes a turn serving meals in a soup kitchen at Protestant church in our area and moves bed for the homeless from church to church in a relief effort organized by a Catholic congregation. When natural disasters strike Mormon are often among the first on the scene helping whoever need help even if it means having abbreviated Sunday services at 6 a.m. and then going to help. Our recognizable full-time missionaries spend part of their week giving service to anyone who needs it. I've seen them helping non-members with yard-work, washing windows and/or dishes, helping with moves, etc. If you really need help, ask. They will usually say, "Yes" unless they have a conflicting appointment. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Wayne
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in Fayette, New York State in 1830 by Joseph Smith Jr.. Earlier, Joseph Smith had translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God from writing recorded on golden plates by ancient American prophets. The principal compiler and condenser of those ancient records was the prophet Mormon, about 400 A.D. It is from Mormon's name that the word "Mormonism" comes. However, make no mistake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restoration of Christ's original church and contains a fullness of Christ's Gospel, authority and ordinances. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Wayne
N0 "Mormons" are required to serve missions. All active young men are encouraged to serve a mission between the ages of 18 and 25. Some serve and some don't. Those who do, experience the wonderful opportunity of serving the Lord and their fellow human beings full-time for about 2 years. They usually return having matured much more than the 2 years they served and reporting that "it was the best 2 years of my life." Many young women also choose to serve missions. Couples who have reached retirement age are also encouraged to serve missions. We are currently serving a 1-year part-time mission ourselves working with about 30 adults in BYU Idaho Pathway program. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Wayne
The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ was written by ancient prophets, most of whom lived in the Americas between 600 B.C. and 400 A.D. It contains a record of God's dealings with some of His people who lived in the Americas at that time. In part it contains a record of Christ's visit to the Americas after his resurrection in the Holy Land. It was translated by Joseph Smith in the late 1820's by the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Wayne
We believe the Bible to be a record of God's dealings with His people in the Old World or eastern hemisphere. We believe the Bible to be a reliable record insofar as it is translated correctly. Personally I've read the entire Old Testament at least 3 times and the entire New Testament at least 8 times. I'm currently studying the Gospel of John. I also am studying the Book of Mormon which tells me that the Bible is the word of God. Why wouldn't I believe in the Bible? Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Wayne
The Savior told his disciples to preach the gospel to all nations. We are his disciples and are doing his work as best we can. We seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and God's plan for their happiness. We try not to enter into contentious arguments or belittle others in any way. We seek to be good neighbors, serve others, and share the gospel -- which is the "good news" that Jesus Christ has atoned for our sins and errors and that his true Church with His priesthood authority has been again established on the earth. Our full-time missionaries voluntarily serve at their own expense for a period of about two years. Show more Show less

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

Wayne
The husband is to be the head of the family and the wife is to be the heart. Both are vital and the importance of husbands and wives is equal. My wife and I counsel and pray together about important decisions. I have found that her view on most decisions was usually wiser than mine before we counseled together. Usually husbands are more involved in earning a living and wives are more involved in nurturing children, but both parents work together in helping children to grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually in as safe of an environment as is prudent. Husbands and wives are to love and serve each other and their children. I taught school for 39 years so we experienced frequent summer lay-off. My talented and well educated wife enjoyed working as a National Park Ranger-Naturalist about 1/3 of those summer as I learned about the rigors of being a full-time father. This role shift sensitized both of us to the challenges and needs of the other with the bonus of family adventures in beautiful places in summer. Gospel principles guide us in our families structures, but they also support inspired flexibility. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Wayne
YES! The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ, says "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." When confronted with challenges, I ask myself, "What would Jesus do?" I seek to be a true follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. He atoned for the sins and errors of all mankind, and he is my Redeemer and Savior. However, "Mormons" are different from other Christian churches. We are neither Catholics nor Protestants. We are "restorationists," and believe that Christ's church and gospel were lost from the earth sometime before adoption of the Nicene Creed in 325 CE. The Gospel and the authority found in primitive Christianity was restored thought the Prophet Joseph Smith. "Mormons" revere Joseph Smith as the Jews revere Moses, but we do not worship him. We worship our Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that our Heavenly Father; our Savior, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Spirit are 3 separate individuals who are one in purpose, but not in substance. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Wayne
We believe that families have the potential to be eternal. We are part of our Heavenly Father's Family and He wants our earthly families to become worthy to be united together, generation following generation, in His presence. The Gospel was restored in these latter-days "to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers," least the whole earth be smitten with a curse. Families are the most important growth environment during this mortal life. "In our families we love, serve, teach and learn from each other. We share our joys and support each other in our sorrows. Family ties may bring us challenges, but they also give us strength and some our greatest happiness." Strong families are vital to any society that expects to endure. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Wayne
Human intimacy and the privilege of creating children is very sacred. Our Heavenly Father has commanded that the privilege of sexual relation be exercised only between a man and a woman who are legally married. This is the law of chastity. It mean that we are NOT to have sexual relations before we are married, and after we are married we should have sexual relations only with our husband or wife. We are to treat our bodies and minds as temples of God and help others do likewise. Keeping the law of chastity brings self-respect, and a measure of peace, happiness and safety. It also deepens married love and protects families. While breaking this law (especially willfully) is serious, forgiveness and peace can be found through repentance and obedience. God wants what is best for all of His children. Following God's plan of reserving intimacy for marriage help us and our families to be happy, especially in the long run. Show more Show less