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Hi I'm Woody

I'm a Mormon. You may know me because I work in city government.

About Me

I grew up in Maryland, then moved out West to go to college. I have a bachelor's degree in earth sciences, but changed directions and went on to get a master's degree in public administration because I thought a career in government would be more conducive to family life than as a field geologist. I also felt a desire to serve others, and to be a problem solver. I've been able to do a lot of that in city government. My wife and I have raised five children and are starting to see the fruits of our labors. We recently had our first grandchild-- a boy. We are at the time of life that we are losing our parents. That has been an emotional struggle, but we are comforted with the knowledge of an afterlife-- an opportunity to be with families for eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were LDS, although my father was not very practicing at times in my youth. Either my mother or as a family, we usually attended our church meetings. As important as that foundation was, I choose to remain a member of the LDS Church because I have come to know for myself concerning the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the way to salvation and eternal life. I can't deny the personal witness I have felt and continue to feel nearly every day. The Savior's Church has a living prophet of God, who receives revelation from Jesus Christ. This Church has true priesthood authority which is shared with many to serve His children. Two of the keys to my continued receipt of those feelings of truth are prayer and the Book of Mormon. Both provide personal inspiration. One in speaking directly with my Heavenly Father. The other by a witness of the Holy Spirit that ancient prophets knew and taught of Christ in their lives.

How I live my faith

This is a topic I examine almost everyday. How does my life truly reflect that I am a disciple of Jesus Christ? Well-- I do try and live with many of the attributes of the Savior. I try and be charitable and compassionate. I try to be fair and just. I try to be loving and honest. I try and be chaste in my thoughts and modest in my actions. I try and be pleasant with my co-workers in the work place. In the Church, I serve those in the congregation, and as followers of Christ, we serve individually and as a group in the community. Last year we cleaned up the planting beds in the City of Buckley along HWY 410. We help move people, care for their lawns when in need, and do a lot of other compassionate service.