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Hi I'm Wade

I'm a Utah native, but a Mormon convert. I'm a singer and a writer, and I have Tourette Syndrome (TS). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student in my mid-twenties and, after getting a late start at college, I'm still struggling to finish my first college degree. I hope one day to have a career helping others by offering counseling and therapy as a licensed clinical social worker. I am hopeful for the future! I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological disorder, when I was eleven years old; this disorder causes me to make movements and sounds, called "tics," which I only have a small amount of control over at times. Some past years living with Tourettes have been more challenging than others, but over time I have found that having Tourettes makes me unique and interesting, and a positive attitude has encouraged me to become a strong advocate for awareness and understanding of the disorder. Through it all, my passion for singing—one of the only moments when I am “tic-free”—has continued to lift me higher and has given me many opportunities to share my strength and testimony through the power of music.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents had stopped their activity in the LDS Church long before I was born, I still had a great deal of exposure to the LDS Church through active extended family members. My first real exposure to the Mormon faith was in the form of a book that I received from the LDS Missionaries the book outlined the stories and principles of "The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ" in words easy for children to understand and included lots of exciting pictures. I loved reading those stories as a child. After taking further steps to learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ through religious seminary classes, I chose to become a member by being baptized at age 16 during my Junior year of high school. A few years after my baptism, I felt like I needed some time away from gospel and the church in order to "find myself." During the time I was inactive in the Church I struggled with life and couldn't seem to find the further happiness I sought by straying from my religion. As I realized that the last time I felt true happiness was when I was actively engaged in the good cause of the gospel, it didn't take me long to find my way back to the fold of the Church, and I have remained ever since. I am a Mormon because I have come to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds the keys and the authority of the ancient Church of Christ which the Lord and Savior Himself established. Those keys were given to the first prophet of this final dispensation, Joseph Smith, and those same keys are held by our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Both of these men, along with others, were called and chosen by God to lead the Church. I am a Mormon because I am taught to do nothing except to emulate the words, deeds, teachings, and actions of the Master Himself, Jesus the Christ. Everything I do in this Church lifts me higher and encourages me to be like the perfect Exemplar and He who sent Him, our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I keep my faith strong by attending regular Sunday meetings, where I renew my baptismal covenants with my Heavenly Father by partaking of the sacrament the bread a water, which are a representation of the body and blood the Savior Jesus Christ, are consumed as a reminder of His atonement and death on behalf of all God’s children, and act as an outward commitment to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. I pray to God, my Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ and thank Him for all that He blesses me with daily, and petition Him for guidance and instruction, and the attendance of His Holy Spirit to be with me. I strive to make the burdens of others light by assisting my fellow men and women in any way that I can. I believe that even a smile or a hug can go a long way. I desire to be the answer to somebody else’s prayers as I serve all of God’s children. I also strengthen my faith by reading the Holy Scriptures, such as the Holy Bible, "The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ", and other sacred writings published by the LDS Church.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Going inside an LDS Temple is a privilege and a blessing. There are things learned and covenants made there that not everybody is ready to be taught or commit to. These things are all sacred, for we believe that they are done in the presence of God, because the Temple is His Holy house. That is why the Temple is not open to the general public or to Mormons who are not yet prepared, so that the Spirit of God may dwell there in abundance, for the Spirit of God is offended by any unclean thing. In the temple there are ceremonies in which we learn of the eternal truths of God, which will teach us and prepare us to be more like God, for He is our Heavenly Father and we are His children, created in His holy image. All that we do in the Temple is done by the authority of, and in the name of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and so were learn how to strive to be more like Him as well, for He is our perfect example. The ceremonies which occur in the Temple utilize the authority of God to bind a husband and wife together for eternity, so that their marriage and love will last not only for this mortal life, but into the hereafter. This bond of family ties can also be performed for parents and children, so that mothers and fathers and their children can be together as a family long after death, even for eternity. In the Temple, individuals can also be baptized by proxy long after they have died, and therefore have the opportunity to accept Christ in the afterlife. Show more Show less