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Hi I'm Wally

I grew up in Queens, New York. I am a college student, husband, and father. I am a Marine for life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served in the United States Marine Corps for ten wonderful years. I was medically retired after a fatal car accident in which I nearly lost my life. Now its time to start all over and get back on the horse. I am attending school hopefully to receive my bachelors degree in 2 years in Digital Technology & Data. I enjoy writing poetry, playing chess (not so good at it), and watching movies from the comic book derived to a good chick flick. (Use clearplay!) I'm now very happily married to my eternal companion and love spending time as a family with our 4 crazy, yet wonderful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up as a Seventh Day Adventist. My mother died of cancer in 2002, I am the oldest out 4 other siblings. My mother was also my father, I was what society would call a bastard. At that time I denounced God because I was upset that He took away my mother. I was working as a Marine recruiter in Queens New York, legally seperated from my wife with two children (Irish twins if you will, both 8). I was in a car accident on my birthday a year after my mother passed away. I was traveling back to Washington D.C. from New York to return my girls to their mother when I fell asleep at the wheel. My older daughter, with her seat belt on died instantly. My younger daughter, with the seat belt off, was flown straight through the windshield and landed on the other side of Interstate 95. I suffered a fractured skull, broke both my collar bones, broken ribs, punctured lungs, broke my right femur, and almost lost my right ear. Two doctors gave me 8 hours to live, they also said that I would never be able to walk again and if I ever came out of the coma I would be like a vegetable. I was hospitalized for three months in which I went through speech, physical and occupational therapy. I had to learn to walk again among other things I used to take for granted in order to be able to function back into daily life and society. At that time satan could have had me in his clutches fully. I knew that I and my daughter (who suffered no broken bones and or bruises/dis-figuration) were here for a reason. I sought out the Lord, went back to the 7th Day Adventist church, but felt that something was missing. I started to read the Bible on my own in my apartment in Washington, D.C. when one day I heard a knock. In front of me were two missionaries who asked if I believed in Jesus Christ and that he died for our sins? Well, naturally I said yes and invited them in. 6 discussions later I requested to be baptized on the first sunday of the new year in 2004.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by magnifying my calling and the priesthood. I am currently ward missionary and to me it is so similar to being a Marine Corps recruiter only this time I'm trying to help the Lord build His spiritual army instead of Uncle Sam's. I try to testify to all I see that I was a wretch and if Heavenly Father can save a wretch like me then he can save any and every one else as well. I used to sin with the best of them, but now Heavenly Father has washed away all of my past and has forgiven me. I am humbly put upon this earth to do the Lords work and I will faithfully serve.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Wally
The best way I can answer this question is from my own personal experience. The missionaries explained to me that if I would read the scriptures and then pray sincerely to ask Heavenly Father if this is the true church and if this is where he wanted me to be then he would answer and I would be able to feel the truth in my heart and mind. I appreciated not feeling pressured by the missionaries to make a quick decision. I really came to a point where I wanted to know for myself if the things I were learning were true and I was able to receive that answer when I was ready. Show more Show less