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Hi I'm Walt

I love to design and build things. I draw, sculpt, write short stories, weld, and create animation -- and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Walt, I am a husband and father of two. I am a full-time student at night and a Hospital Construction Manager by day. In my spare time, I am an aspiring artist. I love to sculpt and draw. I use ZBrush for digital sculpture and clay and plaster in the real world.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child I was taught by my parents about God and Jesus Christ. I had a child's simple desire to follow the example of the Lord, and at 8 years old I was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I grew into my teenage years, I struggled to grasp why it mattered that "this man" had died on a cross so long ago. I couldn't find a way to connect this distant and tragic event to my personal struggles and experiences. I held a basic belief in God and Christ, but it was untested and made little difference in my daily life. When I was 14, I read a passage of scripture. It filled me with an amazing sense of wonder. "Was Jesus Christ a real person? Could I know Him like the prophets in the Bible knew Him?" Filled with these overwhelming questions, I laid in my bed that night and prayed with a power that I had never felt before. The witness that I received is one of the most sacred events of my life. The answer is still as sure in my heart as it was then -- Christ is real. He is my Savior. He lived and died and lives again! I know Him. He will return again and I will see Him. Through this and other similar witnesses throughout my life, I have come to recognize His church and kingdom on earth. I understand how His life, though seemingly distant in historical terms, has the real power to transform the lives of all who will seek the witness of His divinity. I am working each day to be ready to meet Him when He comes.

How I live my faith

I teach in church on Sunday and manage the website for our local congregation (referred to as a ward). In previous years, I was able to travel to England and Wales as an ordained minister (also called a missionary) to teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored church. I look at every chance that I have to touch the lives of others as an opportunity to represent Jesus Christ. With this in mind, I consider that no good thing that I do is "small" or without effect, because it is His work and not mine alone. I believe that even a smile, a kind word, or a sincere moment spent listening to someone can change a life or give peace to a troubled heart. Christ gives me a chance to represent him. It's easy to know what I must do when I remember how He lived and how He showed His love for those He met along the way.