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Hi I'm Wayne

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Husband to my wife Helen, father of five sons, and grandfather of13. I have always wanted to get married and have a family. I dreamed of being the Grandfather, giving loving counsel to children and grandchildren alike. I originally wanted to be a minister. I was an only child in a military family who frequently traveled. By the time I was a teenager, we had lived at nearly 20 addresses. Raised in Greece and France, I learned the customs and took many as my own. As a young teenager in Paris after WWII, I saw those who were left behind by the American GI. I played with their children and learned the lonliness and disdain that grows from having an absentee father. I watched broken families relentlessly argue over seemingly small things. It had a profound impact on me.

Why I am a Mormon

I spent a good bit of my youth searching for something spiritual. My parents didn't attend, so I went to local churches. I felt the spirit, but it always seemed that I was far away from a real connection. I couldn't visualize a Trinity as explained in the Nicene and Apostolic Creeds. It seemed nebulous to me. After I entered the Service, I met a young lady who led me to the Spirit to recognize the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I spent most of my Air Force career working in the area of education and training. I followed that same path after I retired and enjoyed the computer applications of training. Following that track, I served in computer software development companies and served in various executive positions. For a time, I owned a gemstone and jewelry business. Now retired, my wife and I will soon begin our second mission together and will likely continue to do so until we are called "home". We continually strive to live the standards of the Church and endure to the end. My "winter years" are now spent with my best friend, my wife of nearly 37 years, still on our honeymoon. Sound corny? You Bet! But there is nothing we can't conquer together with Jesus Christ at the Center. And now I have no problem visualizing a Godhead with God and Jesus Christ with tangeable bodies and the Holy Spirit as a personage of spirit.

How I live my faith

After more than 40 years since my conversion, I guess certain ways of life become habit. These habits include honesty, fidelity, faithfulness both at home, in the Gospel, in business. I remember a Church leader asked us "Are you the same person alone as you are when you are with somebody?" I have spent my life trying to do that. My wife and I have supported each other as we serve the Lord and tried to made sure that the family didn't suffer. Perfect? Not hardly! But it was the central objective with the Lord at the Center. We love it when people look at us and ask if we are Mormons. With a smile and an answer "yes", they would often say something like "I thought so...there is something different about you guys". We are living testimonies that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints promotes happiness through the plan of salvation, family values, and success in our personal endeavors. I bear testimony that there is a God! Jesus is the Christ, the same one who labored with the Twelve Apostles and performed miracles in the name of righteousness. I also affirm the Joseph Smith actually had those visions and experiences as recorded - and was the instrument that God used to usher in this dispensation of the fullness of times. The restoration was real! My life changed when I converted. I never realized the depth of that change until this time of reflection. I pray that my life has been a blessing to others as I prepare for my next estate.

What is the Law of Chastity?

As I work in the "world", people often comment, "How in the world can you be totally faithful to your wife, forever?" My practical response reflects my experiences of many years: First and foremost, I made a covenant with my God and my Wife. I live in a world where promises still actually mean something. I am asked if I am ever tempted. I say "yes, we all are" and explain that having the temptation isn't the sin. It's my response to it that makes the difference. Condition yourselves to respond by turning away, changing the subject, or making it clear that you choose to stay faithful to your wife. Blunt? You bet! If I beat about the bush or "played games" with the experience, I might not shut the door all the way, as if you had not decided in the first place what you would do if this kind of thing happened. Can I have close lady friends? Sure! Just quit looking for signals of inappropriate motives. Nearly every time that you do, you will misinterpret the signals because what you thought she was thinking was not what she meant. Stay far back behind the "line" and you'll be a successful husband in the fidelity department! Show more Show less