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Hi I'm Walter Hansen

I am an engineering student, I love the outdoors, and I am an avid spelunker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old.  I have ADHD, I am studying to be an engineer, and hope to finish now that I am back from my mission, serving the Lord. My high priority when I get back is to find the love of my life, and for eternity. I love spelunking, and flying radio-controlled aircraft. I am also a big fan of Ultimate frisbee, and volleyball! I have played the drumset, along with all other percussion instruments for about 12 years now.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Spirit, and have learned and grown to be what I want to be because of the Gospel! There are so many "coincidences", some may say. However, I think that the are no coincidences; there is just God, and He is always there for me, ALWAYS! I feel that the fulness of the Gospel exists in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I know that Joseph Smith restored this church to the earth; the same church that Christ established when he was here, upon the Earth. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet here upon this earth today, and I know that he truly is God's mouthpiece for I have acted and prayed upon his words only to receive greater happiness. All I can really tell you is that it's all true, and that there is always Jesus Christ's INFINITE atonement; there is always a way back!

How I live my faith

I do everything the Lord asks, I read my scriptures, and just do good however I can. The Lord asked me to give up a lot of things for two years so I could go and serve him with all my heart: my life, my studies, movies and other forms of entertainment, and everything so I could be set apart from the world to be focused on what God has for me to do! I left for Chicago to make a difference where I could. I am doing that even now, and I know I am doing it for the right reasons because of everything that I sacrificed.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Walter Hansen
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets that lived here in America. They knew of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer and wrote down their testimonies of him, along with the words that God wanted each person to hear. The Book of Mormon is to be a dear friend and a guide to bring us comfort in answering the questions of our soul because it contains God's word. It is His word, and I know that it is all true; every word on every page. If you really want to research The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and really want to know if it is God's true church here on the earth today, then read the Book of Mormon and pray to God to know if it is true. I testify that the Holy Ghost will confirm to you of it's truthfullness in your mind and in your heart, through your feelings. By this you will be able to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church once again restored to the earth for each and every person. It is the way I gained my testimony of His church, and I exhort you to do the same with all my heart. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Walter Hansen
Whenever I am asked this question, I usually ask them by what definition. I have heard so many definitions of that word, and many define Mormonism as a cult, along with every other organized religion, or parent that teaches their child in a way that they want to. There are some unique characteristics about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that sets us apart from the other religions and faiths of this world. If those differences define us as a cult, like using another book of scripture that testifies of Jesus Christ being our Savior, and believing that the Lord called a modern-day prophet to help us to be prepared for these last days, then I am happy to belong to this wonderful church of God that is defined as a cult. It has brought me more happiness in this life than anything else, through helping me to know my Savior, and that's important to me. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Walter Hansen
I remember having a dream where it was the second coming and I really wanted to be hidden, and I couldn't handle the glory of God that was all around me. It scared me to where I pondered if I would make it. I really like something I read once about grace. So, I had always been thinking about how no matter how hard I try, I don't think that I will have been able to repent for everything that I have done, which in my mind is my best. However, I am not always at my best. It gave me a feeling of inadequacy, almost like I could never make it. I remember once my mother said to me, "I'm ready for Him to come. I know I am not perfect, but I believe that His Grace is sufficient for me." That is something that was hard for me to understand, especially in regards to myself. I remember a quote from someone that has become very important to me: "He asked us to be clean, not perfect." We are perfected through Christ and His Atonement. I read a talk once about how it's not going to be Christ saying, "Sorry, but you missed the mark by two points." If you had done something to make you feel uncomfortable or unworthy to be there, you would probably be saying, "Get me out of here," and Christ would be saying, "No, please stay." Those who are baptized in His name can enter His kingdom, but would they feel comfortable in His presence? Much of my reasons for repenting and trying to be worthy is to show gratitude for Christ's sacrifice, and I hope that shows in how I live my life. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Walter Hansen
Faith is a principle of action where we get to test and grow our faith by doing what our Heavenly Father's will is for us. Faith is a "hope for things which are not seen, which are true." (Alma 32:21) Without Faith, nothing would be accomplished. You wouldn't go to work if you didn't have faith that it would help you to be able to provide for your family or lifestyle. Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of someone who shares their faith. You can test this out by praying to know if God is there. I have, and I know that He is! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Walter Hansen
I think that women are one of the greatest strengths to Christ's church. It is kind of cool to understand everyone's sacred role. If you think about it, human beings have the sacred ability to call down a spirit (one of God's children) from Heaven, and give it a body. Women have the sacred role of bearing these children. This is a sacred responsibility that they are born with, while men have to earn the privilege of holding the Holy Priesthood after the order of the Son of God. We each have our own divine roles, and they each help us to further our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for His children. In a nut-shell, we complete each other as divine companions. That is why we shouldn't have one without the other, and why God set it up this way. Show more Show less