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Hi I'm Wayne Watts

Born and graduated school in Arizona, I consider myself a Westerner. But I've moved around quite a lot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was named Wayne after my Uncle Harold, and that tells you alot about my family. My uncle was Wayne Harold Watts, but everyone called him Harold. My parents wanted to call me Wayne and Alan. They liked those two names. But Alan Wayne Watts just sounded better than Wayne Alan Watts, so they named me Alan Wayne Watts and called me Wayne. That has caused my grief in every school I have been to, because my teachers always want to call me Alan. Although I have always thought of Arizona as my home, my father was in the Air Force and we moved around a lot. Then when I grew up I went into the Army and I kept moving. I have always been very adaptable and have found the bright side of whereever I am at. When I was very little I always played Cowboys and Indians. But while living in Berlin, Germany I saw the 4th of July parade. It was put on to impress the Soviet Union (which surrounded the city) as much as it was a celebration of our Independence. It probably had a great influence over my going into the Army. Plus my eyes were too bad to get into the Air Force. I have also participated in Boy Scouts all of my life. I love hiking and camping and living outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents always thought is was important for us to go to church and have a religious upbringing. But whenever we moved we chose a church based on whether my dad liked the preacher. When I was eleven years old 2 men knocked on my door. They were not the young men that we are used to seeing today. They were older "Stake" missionaries. I wasn't really interested in what they had to say, but my father knew some Mormons from work and was curious about them. So he arranged a time for them to teach us. In those days they used flannel boards to teach. When they taught me about the Plan of Salvation I knew immediately that this was it. Only God could have put together a plan so perfect that it made it possible for all his children to return to Him and obtain exaltation. I understood about the apostasy and that the only way that God's complete plan and church could be restored was through revelation. I obtained a testimony of the Church and was baptised. I was baptised with my mother and sister. For some reason my father never joined the church. I think he never felt worthy and never wanted to make the changes that he would have to make. My family said that I "glowed" after I was baptised.

How I live my faith

The key thing about being a Mormon is that it is not something you do part-time or just on Sundays. It is something you do every day all the time. But that means that the blessings and happiness and peace that you get, you get every day. You pray every day. You read the scriptures every day. You keep the commandements for the Word of Wisdom, Chastity, and Clean language every day. You accept a calling (a job) in the church and you do it. And you go to church every Sunday. And you keep a positive attitude every day.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Wayne Watts
I begins in 1820 in the State of New York with a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith. Joseph was struggling to determine which church he should join. They all claimed to the the true Church of God. He read a scripture (James 1:5-6) which said he should "...ask of God". So he went to a private place in a grove of trees to pray aloud and ask God which church he should join. He was surprised when God the Father and Jesus Christ appread to him. Jesus said to Joseph that he should join none of the churches, but that He (Jesus) would us Joseph to restore His church on the Earth. Show more Show less