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Hi I'm Wes

I'm a husband, father, and son.I'm an engineer, I study car crashes. I like photography, woodworking, and astronomy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a little town in New Mexico. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers. I was raised at an airport. My father was the airport manager, our front door was 100 feet from airplanes. In high school I played football, basketball and was on the track team. I have been married for more than 30 years, we have 5 children. I finished college after we started our family, while working full time for an engineering consultant firm. My hobbies include photography, woodworking, and astronomy. My wife, as a homemaker, usually works harder than I do!! I love my wife and children and enjoy spending time with them. I earned a mechanical engineering degree from Arizona State University. I study motor vehicle crashes. I travel around the country for my work and my hobbies. I love football, baseball, and basketball.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons. Growing up my family was not really active in church activities. After I got married and became much more serious about my life, I was drawn to church. My wife was not a member of the LDS church when we got married. My wife and I were visited by Home Teachers that brought the Spirit into our home. I started attending church and my wife was taught by the missionaries and our Home Teachers. I was able to baptize my wife. I have read the scriptures and I know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me, love us. I feel the Holy Spirit when I read the scriptures, when I pray, when I attend church. I love the feelings that I have when I am where I'm supposed to be, doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Being a Mormon strengthens me, I am able to do hard things and accomplish more with the Lord than I ever could on my own. I do not understand all things...but I know that the Lord loves me and my family. I am a Mormon because I know in my heart that this church is the true church of Jesus Christ. In private times, in private places I have felt the Holy Spirit confirm this to my mind and heart. He loves me and wants what is best for me and my family. The best thing for me is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The best thing for my marriage is for me to strive to be like Jesus. The best thing for me as a father is for me to read and study the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my wife and children and for me to be the best husband and father is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ to my life, they are found in the scriptures and taught by the modern-day prophets. I am a Mormon because I know this is what is best for me as a husband and father.

How I live my faith

I work hard in my life and in my church service. Sundays are very busy as i try to serve those around me. I work on these things during the week, but Sundays do not usually have the worldly distractions that weekdays have. I work with a group of men in our ward to organize service projects and to watch over the widows and families in our area. We visit families and try to serve them by teaching, working with, and encouraging people to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I work with our Bishop to organize pairs of men to visit those that live in our area, this is called Home Teaching. I work with another group of men and women in efforts to teach people how to research family history and organize genealogy work within our ward. We work throughout the week on these tasks, not just on Sunday, but we try to focus on spending Sunday working on things the Lord has declared is most important for his children. I try to live my faith by spending time with my family. I live my faith by reading and studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that I might know what the Lord would have me do, how I should live my life. It really does not do much good to constantly be moving without an ultimate destination in mind!! Without my faith and the direction it gives me, I would be getting nowhere, but making really good time getting there.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Wes
The short answer is that the Lord, Jesus Christ, selects His prophet. However, the details are a little more interesting. The Lord has Apostles on the Earth today. The Apostles hold the same power and authority as the Apostles chosen by Christ 2000 years ago. In fact, Jesus Christ chooses the current Apostles and has them called by the current President of the Church, who is the Lord's prophet, chosen to speak for the Lord. When the current prophet passes away, the next most-senior apostle becomes the leader of the Church. These Apostles, through the influence and guidance of the Holy Ghost, work throughout the world under the direction of the prophet to carry on the work of the Lord. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Wes
As you study the scriptures you learn of the Lord, His plan, and His great love for us. One of the great benefits of reading the scriptures is feeling the Holy Spirit's influence in our lives. This is like reading a story that we are part of and once we start to recognize how the Lord influences the lives of others, as shown in the scriptures, we start to see His hand influencing our lives. I don't know anyone that has had to slay a giant like David had to, but I do know people that have had to battle a giant in their lives like health issues, unemployment, or death of a loved one. Seeing how other people handle adversity helps us handle it better. The scriptures give us perspective, direction, and comfort. These are powerful blessings in our world today. Show more Show less