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Hi I'm Wayne

I'm a 3rd generation resident of Arizona, raised in an LDS family, and work as a network engineer.

About Me

Really, I'm just your average guy. I work a full schedule, like eating out when I can afford both the time and the money, enjoy watching the odd baseball, football, or hockey game, and have always been a bit of a wise-cracker whenever there's sufficient room for sarcasm or a flip remark, 'cause what's the fun in life if you can't laugh at whatever absurd situation you find yourself in? Among my interests are music (I play trombone, dabble with a number of other instruments, and am learning guitar, even tried my hand at writing one or two things), photography, gun collecting and target shooting (mainly old military rifles), American history, and I've made a hobby out of learning by pretty much continuously being enrolled in one class or another at the local community college simply because there are things I want to learn more about, and I love sharing knowledge most particularly when I've learned something that excites me. I enjoy being outdoors, especially camping in the pines and have come to like the occasional long, peaceful drive.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church but did not come from the strongest of families. My faith is not something that was passed down to me by my parents, its something I had to develop on my own. As part of that, I've taken time to learn a bit about other religions by way of trying to understand how they relate to my own. I have come to understand that every religion has a certain degree of truth in it. Even if that truth is nothing more than the belief in a Supreme Being, it is still truth. Yet in my studies, this is the only faith that I have found that really makes *sense* to me; that is, that didn't leave me with more questions than answers or end in a contradiction. But beyond that, there is a spiritual presence accompanying Sabbath services that tells me firmly that I'm in the right spot. No one can reason or entice that presence for someone, it must be invited by each individual and recognized by each individual. I've not been the strongest member, but I do not doubt the truth of this Gospel.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am the librarian for my ward, making sure that materials such as pictures, chalk, and so forth are available and ready for each teacher. I also teach one lesson a month to a group of my fellow members. Each day, I read the scriptures and pray. Throughout my day, I try to view each of my associates as a brother or sister and try to treat them accordingly, striving to be honest, patient, supportive, and kind.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

In ancient Israel, each of the twelve tribes had one who was at the head of that tribe. This is reflected in the 12 apostles that Christ chose during his ministry. Moses was also directed to appoint 70 elders from among the priests. Christ likewise appointed 70 elders to minister in His name in Israel. In the book of Acts, we see new apostles appointed to replace Judas after the resurrection and those latter martyred for the cause. The twelve ceased not because Christ left this Earth but because the church eventually apostatized and rejected them. We believe that as part of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Christ that it must needs be that the same organization that existed in ancient times is also restored. Show more Show less