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Hi I'm Dwayne

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently my wife and I are raising our four children in a new state (Rhode Island) that we never dreamed of living in growing up. It is interesting to see how the road of life can take you further than you could have ever hoped for. We love living in the north east and all of the wonderful people who have welcomed us in their lives. Between being a husband, father and working full time, I do not have much time for personal interests. I figure that is what retirement will be for (if that day ever comes). My favorite past times are to play games with our children and go to dinner and a movie with my sweet heart.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was baptized at eight years of age, I really did not begin living and believing in the Mormon faith until I was in my youth. Those years taught me many things. I learned to pick myself up when I would fall. I learned that my Heavenly Father was always waiting to listen and answer my prayers as I would ask for help dealing with the challenges of life. I began to learn of the love my Savior Jesus Christ has for me as I used his atonement to cleanse me of my sins and many short comings. I learned that happiness comes as we serve others and keep our Heavenly Fathers commandments. Now that I am older, I find that the Mormon faith challenges me to want to be a better person everyday. I try to pattern my life after the Master himself. It is through Him that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again someday with my family. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the priesthood authority to perform the saving ordinances we all need to receive in order for us to follow the Saviors example. I know that God calls prophets today and that through his prophets, we know what our Heavenly Father would have us to do. I love studying the scriptures and have come to know the plan of salvation better.

How I live my faith

I find living my faith is doing the little things everyday. Saying my prayers (both personal and family), studying my scriptures, serving others in the community and within my ward. My favorite type of service has come as my family and I reach out to others who are in need and we work together to meet the individuals/family needs. I have enjoyed working side by side my wife and children as we try to easy the burdens that others feel. It brings us so much happiness and helps to remind us how blessed we are in life.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. The church does not endorse a political party. They encourage members to study the issues out and learn for themselves what the candidates/parties are supporting. For me, politics is a personal choice and I feel it is my duty as a citizen to learn the issues and make a decision that best fits my values and beliefs on the subject. That is why I try to look at the issues and not the party. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. This is a personal choice that each person should make for themselves. I had the opportunity to serve a mission and loved the two years I spent serving others in Colorado. Up until marriage and being a father, those were the best two years of my life. Not only did I gain a love for all of Gods children but I had the opportunity to discuss similar and different beliefs I had to those I would talk to. A great example of this is most everyone believes in a supreme being. As Mormons we believe that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate personages with bodies. Show more Show less