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Hi I'm Walt

I am 72 and a semi retired accountant, husband, father of six , love to play tennis and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my wife, children and grandchildren; they are the joy of my life. I enjoy photography although at present I am not actively involved in it. As a young adult I attended the Germain School of Photograhy at nights in New York City. So now I mostly enjoy other people's work. I still very much enjoy playing tennis and I have a personal goal to still be playing when I reach 80 years old; eight more years to go. I am a CPA and still work about fifteen hours a week consulting with small business companies to supplement my social security. I spent a great deal of my working carrer in the amusement park business. It was enjoyable working in an environment where the mission was to help others to have fun.

Why I am a Mormon

When my wife and I were a young married couple with three children, a daughter 3 and boy/girl twins 2, we decided that we would like to have a church we both felt comfortable in which to raise our children. I had been raised in a northern Baptist church of my mother's choosing and my wife had attended many different churches as a youth but had never joined any one of them. So we began to visit different churches in the area where we were living. After many months we were about to affiliate our family in one particular church, but right before we made a final decision the Lord sent us two Mormon missinaries to teach us abouth The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We attended church with the Elders (Mormon missionaries) for eleven months studying the doctrines of the church. My wife had several spiritual experiences which testified to her that the church was the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today; however while I believed the teachings were true I had a problem. To qualify for membership in the Latter-day Saints I must stop smoking! So I got down on my knees and asked God to help me to stop smoking. That week I was able stop and a couple of weeks later I was blessed with a strong feeling that the church was true. Now to some people to stop smoking may not be a big event, but to me it was a sign that God heard my prayer and was aware of my needs as an individual. Before then I must of tried to stop smoking four or five times a year for eleven years and I never succeeded.

How I live my faith

Since the day my wife and I were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have actively participated in all phases of church activity. We have taught adults and youth, worked in clerical capacities, directed the activyies of the genealogy library, and counseled with local church leaders. I try to be an example to my children and grandchildren of how to live a life of service to others. I find real joy in serving others whether it be an act of physical work or trying to buoy the spirits of one who is going through an affliction of some kind. My greatest joy comes from my children who are each modeling their lives after the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ and in turn teaching their children to do likewise.