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Hi I'm Wally

I grew up in southern Oregon, I live in Arizona and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 49-year-old professional. I am happily married and the father of 6 children. I enjoy playing basketball and panning for specs of gold in the Arizona mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home, so I learned the doctrines and culture of Mormonism at a young age. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. Like every member of the church, I had to learn for myself that the teachings are absolutely true. My life continues to be enriched by the knowledge that God lives and loves me; that he sent His Son, Jesus Christ to atone for my sins and misdeeds; that God has restored to the earth the power to bind family relationship forever. I'm not perfect, but it is comforting to know that I can be foregiven.

How I live my faith

Being an active Mormon means living a gospel-centered life. Church isn't just a meeting we attend on Sunday. It is part of who we are. Every morning my wife and I spend 10-15 minutes reading scriptures out loud with our three teenage boys. Then we pray together. I currently serve as a sunday school teacher for a dozen 11-year-old boys. This year we are studying the New Testament. I love helping them understand the scriptures and come to know Jesus Christ, His life and mission. In the recent past I served as a volunteer helping church members and non-members find or upgrade their employment and improve their financial management skills. I go camping with the boy scouts. Service bring great satisfaction and joy. There are unending opportunities in the church to serve others spiritually, emotionally or physically, and to receive service in times of need.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I believe the only way to know for sure that Mormonism is true is to receive a personal witness from God. No other source is reliable enough for something so important. To some that witness comes all at once in a defining momemt. For most, a conviction of the truth comes gradually. In all cases, a true testimony requires a sincere desire to know the truth and the humility to accept and follow it once found. The formula for seeking the truth is to study, think quietly, pray and listen with your heart. As you do these things, God will give you feelings of peace and happiness. God most often communicates with His children spiritually, through the Holy Ghost in the form of thoughts, feelings and emotions. If you are willing to be led by those feelings, they will direct you to and identify God's truth. Show more Show less