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Hi I'm Wayne

I help build airplanes. I'm a father of 6 children, 5 of whom are married. My wife and I have 15 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up without a dad...he died when I was seven. Sometimes it was hard, but we had some great times, too. I really love volleyball, having played for many years and then moving on to being a referee. I really like going out for dinner, and enjoy all kinds of food. I've traveled a bit, having worked in Italy and Scotland (really LOVED it there), and spent a couple of years in Japan as a child and Finland as a young man. My family really means a lot to me. It's been great watching them grow up and make good choices, especially as they have found a spouse. My 5 daughters are all married, and each of them has a great husband...I think they chose really well! Their children bring so much joy to us, and we can't wait for our son to get to that stage where he desires to be married as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my family are Mormons...it's the way I was raised. That said, as a teenager I wondered if it really was the right thing for me, and I questioned so much of our faith and doctrine. There came a time when I decided that if I was to know whether or not it was true, I would need to live according the teachings of Christ as taught in the Church. Doing so has literally changed my life. Because of making better choices, I have been so blessed. I decided to serve as a missionary, and that gave me so much experience and confidence. I met my wife and she has been one of the best things ever in my life. I've learned to know that God really does love us, and that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth and show us the path back to him. I know that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer...that without Him we would be forever lost. He suffered for all the sin, pain, anguish, afflictions and infirmities for me, that I may one day return to live with Him and Father in Heaven again. I'm grateful that He's patient with us, and He allows us to grow through the trials of life, that we can recognize his hand in every facet of our lives. I'm thankful for prayer, that I can talk to God when I need him. I know He hears and answers our prayers, sometimes not in the way we want or expect, but that we can truly be blessed as we live according to His will and commandments. Life is so good with God and Christ on our side.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has gotten much easier as I've gotten older. I think that faith comes as we do what God expects of us. Right now, I'm the leader of several congregations in our area. I try to be a good example to all I work with in the Church. Trying to teach our children about God and Christ and being good citizens has always been a part of my faith. Some of the fun things I've done over the years are to have served with the teenagers of the church. They are great...they always seem to have so much energy, and are fearless in living life and trying to do good things. I think sometimes it's hard for them to stand out and be different from the world, but they really do try to be the best they can. I've taught Sunday School, which I really enjoy a lot. It's always a pleasure to help others try to understand the scriptures and teachings of Christ. It brings a lot of satisfaction to be able to study and read and learn of Christ and His life, and then try to apply those principles in my own life. It helps me to grow. Serving in our community is very important and rewarding too. I think we can live our faith by trying to make our homes and places where we live better. I really enjoy some of the service projects that we do. Last year a few hundred of us got together with other churches in our town and helped clean up one of our local parks. It was great to work together for something that was so visible and beneficial to so many people. Again...great satisfaction. Also, I've worked for many years in Scouting. Helping young men become better through the Scouting principles is fun to be a part of. It's especially rewarding when you see someone work so hard and then overcome all the challenges and obstacles to reach a goal that helps them in life. Scouting is a great program, and it's really been fun to be a part of it.