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Hi I'm Walter Ray

I'm a Mormon. I love my family. I am a husband, father, grandfather, CPA, and a Navy Veteran.

About Me

When I was a young boy our family’s home burned to the ground. Our family was devastated and economically ruined. The only clothes I had were the pajamas that I was wearing before the house caught fire. That tragic event left an indelible impression on me. Throughout my life many near tragedies somehow were set aside. Serving on a U.S. naval submarine during the Viet Nam War period, on occasions during bad weather at sea, I remember being assigned as a topside lookout. Securely harnessed and chained to the superstructure of the submarine in the event that waves coming over would not wash me out to sea and with the watertight hatch sealed shut, shielding the inside of the submarine to prevent water from coming in, I can remember in the face of the wind and the waves singing “ How Firm a Foundation”, a religious hymn of faith. No one could hear me because of the noise of the wind and the waves, and the only other person topside was the officer of the deck who was some distance from me. Sobering reflections and heartfelt prayer became a frequent refuge. In contrast to the storms, when far out at sea in tranquil waters, in the dark of night, the sky being filled with the sparkling lights of the stars in the heavens, another dimension of feelings stirred within my heart of awe and wonder. Through the storms and beauties of life the polar star remains, as does He who created it. Of Him I witness, and to Him I am eternally grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ is the reason I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ( often referred to as a Mormon ). Unnumbered miraculous witnesses have attested to me and confirmed that Jesus is the Christ and that God our Heavenly Father will reveal to us, His children, His design for our happiness. He desires for us to know His ways, the way to Eternal Life, the way back to Him. For that reason He has called and directed on the earth today, Prophets and Apostles of God, authorized to represent Him as He has in the past, to position us His children toward the ultimate polar star, His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Though recognizing and acknowledging unequivocally my weakness and imperfection, I nonetheless seek for the hope offered by our Lord Jesus Christ, that after all that I can do to try to truly follow him, that by so doing, His grace will be sufficient for me to have access to what He desires for me. I know that it is not enough for me to only desire to follow the Savior of the world, but in order to merit His approval I must live my life in accordance with His teachings to receive what He has promised. One of the great blessings available to all of our Heavenly Fathers children through His Church on the earth today, is the receipt of revelations given to His Prophets and Apostles that clearly teach the requirements, promises, covenants, and ordinances that we are invited to partake of, that can assure us of Everlasting Happiness, and Eternal Life, the Greatest of all the Gifts of God. In this I witness.