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Hi I'm Wynn

I’m a father, grandfather, scientist, veteran, and patriot . And I’m happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

Raised on a farm. Obtained a college education with the encouragement of my parents and teachers. Served a mission for my church in West Berlin (when it was an island of freedom surrounded by East Germany, and the Wall split many families apart). Served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War (fortunate to spend the whole 4 years stateside). Earned a PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences. Research topics in my career included climate (specifically, the effects of clouds), air quality (mainly on plume dispersion and boundary layer meteorology), and new laser technologies for atmospheric measurements. Now semi-retired. Past hobbies: gardening, youth sports organizing and refereeing, travelling, and reading. Travelling and reading are still hobbies. In the last decade I became involved in community service in my city. Have always voted since old enough to be eligible. Became active in the local Republican Party early in 2008, hoping to help steer my party, elected officials, and government policies in a better direction. Sound fiscal policy has been my soapbox issue starting many years earlier, long before it came to the forefront like now. Married to my marvelous wife for over 42 years. We adopted three children (two still living, and they have wonderful spouses), and we have ten grandchildren. I’m so pleased with them all, and love them!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons. My father’s parents converted in Germany prior to World War I. They immigrated to a homestead in Idaho. My mother’s family were Mormons in the Kentucky area and came to Utah. I was raised a Mormon. The teachings of this church have always made good sense to me. When questions and issues have come up, I have been able to settle them to my satisfaction, intellectually and by faith. We believe that we can receive inspiration and guidance through the Holy Ghost. That has happened to me in numerous situations, for which I am humbly grateful. Acceptance of the correctness of the principles taught by my church has always come easily to me. The challenge for me has been living according to these principles and measuring up to the expectations that the Savior has for His followers. For example, loving neighbors (and enemies, too!) and the precepts in the Sermon on the Mount aren’t easy. Thanks to Jesus Christ for mercy and taking away the penalties of my failures. Life’s experience has taught me the great importance of two things I would like to mention here. One is truth. An understanding of truth allows one to do that which is good, which is wise, which is right. Working in science, gaining understanding of parts of the physical world we live in, and contributing something to that body of knowledge, has been very enjoyable. The other important thing is people – as children of God all people are brothers and sisters to each other. The importance of these two combine in the belief I possess with all my heart that my church teaches the truth about the eternal pathways God has established for His children.

How I live my faith

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we voluntarily agree to help as requested by our leaders, whenever we can. We have no paid clergy. It is remarkable how effective such willing service is, and how much people improve their abilities through such service. Christ also taught us to serve others wherever we notice a personal need. Both kinds of service bring great satisfaction and happiness. Right now I am helping at the family history (genealogy) center in our area. I also assist in leadership of one of the men’s groups in my congregation. My richest formal church service was as bishop (minister) over a congregation consisting of college students and of unmarried persons approximately in their twenties. It was truly a pleasure to be with and work together with them at this exciting stage of their lives. My political activity springs partly from the fact that my church encourages community involvement. One precept from the Book of Mormon is that government by the voice of the people is better in the long run than rule by a king. So, I celebrate living in a Republic where every adult citizen has his or her voice at the polls, and everyone has the freedom to express opinions about the course of action of local, state, and federal government. My wife and I are trying to arrange our situation to give full-time service together for the church for a year or so sometime in the near future. My church teaches us to have faith, to serve others, to be kind, to be industrious in doing good, to be humble, to pray, to have courage, to be forgiving, how to be good parents, to worship God, to accept Christ and His atonement, and many other things that are good. My membership in this church has made me a better person, and I have personally seen it help hundreds of others, too.