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Hi I'm Wilson

I'm married to my best friend, a father of four, a sailor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a middle-aged dad who has had a sometimes challenging, yet wonderful life. The good parts were marrying my best friend and having four children that never stop teaching me new things. We have a collegiate athlete, a creative artist, a special-needs son with Aspergers, and a delightful caboose who is navigating her teenage years discovering what she wants to be. I discovered sailing later in life and crewed on a sailboat that crossed the Atlantic. That experience motivated us to take the kids out of school and sail through the West Indies for a school year. It was a trip we have never regretted. I have been back three times since and want more. We have a goal of making our way through the Panama Canal into the South Pacific...some day. I love the experience of new sights, sounds, tastes and smells that different cultures have to offer.

Why I am a Mormon

My Dad was born and raised in the church and my Mom joined in college. While I grew up, I was able to see sharp differences in my extended family. All of them were wonderful people, yet the benefits of keeping commandments resulted in marked differences in the peace and joy that was evident in each person's life. When I finally graduated from high school and was able to move out of my home. I got to choose for myself which path I would take. The choice was an easy one. I have done the best I can to keep promises and commandments, and have been blessed many times over as a result. Part of my life experience was living for two years in Korea and being able to witness the beautiful change that comes over a person who decides to follow Christ. As I now become firmly embedded in middle age, I get to see my own children make choices and see them blossom when they exercise wisdom beyond their years and cry for them when they trip up.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in the church and the community. It is a constantly fluxuating challenge to live life in balance and I am not always successful. Serving in the church depends on each of us being spiritually available to serve where help is needed. Our church does not have paid clergy and each member is expected to make themselves available to serve in whatever area has a need. Over the years, I have been able to teach Sunday School, work in leadership positions for family congregations as well as congregations made up of young single adults. Each calling has had something to teach me. My most fulfilling and educational roll was heading up a congregation of young adults. It was humbling for me to be their confessor, then be a witness as they brought their lives in alignment with God's will. The peace that shown in their faces as they made progress was a testimony to me of the goodness of commandments and the benefit those commandments offer each one of us. I get questions from those outside the church arguing that rules are oppressive and restrict freedom. I liken this to aeronautical engineers who diligently study the laws of aerodynamics, then obey these laws as they design a new aircraft. The result is the freedom to cross oceans quickly and safely. Disobedience to these laws courts disaster. Each of us has the chance to learn these truths personally and I feel it is what makes life so wonderful...not easy, but wonderful.