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Hi I'm Wade

I love to read and play sports, but mostly I love to spend time with my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read and I love to play and watch sports, especially basketball. I love competition and being able to measure my results with what I think I'm capable of and seeing if I can do better next time. I love to travel and want to do much more of it. I currently own an Aflac insurance business and love the flexibility it gives me to spend time with my family. I grew up in a small town outside of Seattle, WA and lived a Norman Rockwell painting-type existence. I had wonderful parents and terrific friends who helped to guide me along the path of life without much pain to speak of. As I look back on my youth, I only now realize what an amazing life I was blessed with. When I became an adult, things were much more complicated. I'm married, with 3 amazing children (one of them a teenager, yikes!) and while I love being a dad, it's not without difficulty. There have been times when I've made a vey nice living and times where we have really struggled to pay the bills. As the dad, sometimes the responsibility to provide feels like such a heavy burden to carry and the stress of it can feel like it's going to swallow me whole when I know I'm coming up short. My family and the gospel of Jesus Christ are what keep me going when I think I can no longer manage it, I don't know what I would do without them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into the Mormon church which was wonderful. I loved belonging to something bigger than myself and loved belonging to a family that believed in something so strongly. As with anyone who grows up believing what they do in large part because that's what their parents believed and taught, I eventually had to decide for myself as an adult why I wanted to continue to belong to the Mormon church. I prayed and fasted many times to gain the testimony that I have. I wanted to know for myself if Joseph Smith was a prophet and translated the Book of Mormon, but mostly, I really wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true scripture from God, knowing that if it was, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, as was Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If the Book of Mormon was true, then that meant Joseph had also restored the lost truths that left the earth at the death of the Apostles in the New Testament and that Christ's church was once again on the earth. It meant that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also had men the with authority given them by Christ himself to administer sacred ordinances such as baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost as talked about in the New Testament. As I prayed, I got such a sense of peace and love and I just knew that the Book of Mormon was true as were the other things of which Joseph testified. I'm so grateful for that knowledge and consider my testimony to be one of my most prized possessions. I know God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate personages. I know they love me and want the best for me. I know the Book of Mormon is true and I know that Joseph Smith translated it by the gift and power of God. Joseph was an amazing prophet and man, but I worship only the Father and His Son. We still have a prophet on the earth today whose council is every bit as important as the council from the prophets of old and even more so, because it's council for our day in time, what a gift that is!

How I live my faith

Living the life of a Latter-Day Saint on a daily basis is very rewarding, as there are many opportunities to serve, both in and out of the church. I'm currently a volunteer teacher of an early morning seminary class, (kind of like Sunday School) 5 days a week to 28 of the coolest sophomores anywhere in the world. It starts at 6 am and I'm really not a fan of getting up early in the morning, but I do it, because I get to be with these wonderful kids. They inspire me so much and it's an honor to be their teacher. It's incredible to me, that in the world we live in, there are this many high school kids willing to make such a voluntary committment of their time and sleep! I have had the chance to be a part of many service projects in the community and individuals who are not of my faith and that has been amazing as well. I've worked with the Salvation Army to feed the homeless, done yard work for schools and the elderly in the areas I've lived. Having the chance to serve as our Savior taught us to is such a blessing and really puts things in perspective when I have challenges in my own life.