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Hi I'm Richard "Rick" Wendorf

Although I was born in Texas I actually spent most of my early childhood in Wisconsin. I've seen a lot of the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love Wisconsin!! My dad's folks are from the southern part of the state, around the Janesville area. Just before starting high school my folks moved back to Texas where my mom's side of the family are from. I have a LOT of family in Texas, especially in the San Antonio area. I was attending high school when I joined the Army at the age of 17. I got married at 19 and have seven wonderful children. While in the Army I served throughout the U.S., Germany (for 7 years) and Korea (1 year). After retiring in 1999 I worked in the aviation industry for several years and then eventually started driving a flatbed truck over the road. I've driven in all 48 states in the CONUS, as well as in Canada. In 2008 I got remarried to a wonderful Filapina. I have been to the Philippines many times and love the people and the culture so very much. They seem to me to be the happiest people in the whole world!! It is my hope that one day soon my wife and I will be able to start traveling all around the world. I'd love to take her to all the places I have been, see all the places she's been to and go to all the other places we'd both like to see together. The is a wonderful and beautiful place, and the people in it are even better!!

Why I am a Mormon

Life doesn't seem very fair to me at times. Perhaps you may feel the same. When I was much younger I was struggling with my relationship with God, our Father in Heaven. I was raised a Lutheran and my family was always very active in church. Our pastor was a very good man. He tried hard to teach us all how to come closer to God. But inspite of all his efforts I always felt as though something was lacking. I figured that whatever it was that was missing it probably had to do with me. Try as I might I just couldn't accept everything I was being taught as truth. So much seemed to be in conflict within me. I wanted so desperately to be closer to my Father in Heaven. Others seemed to be able to have a close relationship with Him, why couldn't I? It just wasn't fair!! Then one night, after much prayer, I felt as if there was no sense in continuing to try to get closer to God. As soon as I got up from my prayer there was a knock at our door. It was a couple of young missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was so excited to hear their message. The feeling of the Spirit that I felt when they shared their message was so strong!! I invited them to come back again the next day. That night I read the Book of Mormon and knew in my heart that it was true. After only a short time my wife and I were baptised. It has been a life long process for me to become closer to God. Indeed there are days when I am a lot closer to Him than at other times. One thing is sure however, my membership in this church has certainly helped me to understand God's plan for us, for ME!!! That is something I always longed for before I joined this church, and now as I study the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed by Latter-Day prophets I feel my Savior's love so very close and strong all about me. I know that He lives and that both He and my Father in Heaven love us all so very, very much!!! God knows me and cares!! What a wonderful feeling of peace I have now.

How I live my faith

Since I have become a Mormon I have had several responsibilities within the congregation wherever I live. I have served as an adult Sunday School teacher in our "Gospel Doctrine" class. I have served several times with our "Primary" classes (children ages 3 - 11). Since our church uses the members mainly within a lay leadership I have also served in several leadership positions as well. Currently I am teaching our high school aged youth in our early morning scripture study class that we call "Seminary." We study deeply the scriptures found in the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as the Book of Mormon. I am not a perfect man. In fact, far from it! However I have learned so many things through my membership in this church. Probably most important, that the Holy Ghost is real and that it is through Him that I receive a witness of what is true and what is false. I no longer rely on what others tell me to be true, instead I turn to God in prayer and ask Him. Because I am trying hard to be the man my Father in Heaven wants me to be I am able to go to our temple often and there receive further light and knowledge that I would not otherwise be able to gain from the world around me. I love my family so very much! I have made mistakes in the past and have not always been the kind of person I know God wants me to be, so I try hard to apply what I have learned from the Gospel into my life. By so doing perhaps I will develop and change my heart in a way that will one day bring me the forgiveness I seek not only from God, but also I hope from all those whom I have offended and hurt throughout my life. I am so thankful that we have a God that loves us and is willing to forgive us if we repent so we can return to be with Him one day!