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Hi I'm Winfred

I'm a husband, a father and a grandfather; I'm a Southern country boy; I'm a computer programmer; I love life! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy everything on the water (including sailing, rowing, kayacking, canoeing, skiing, snorkling, fishing), in the air (I never turn down a free ride), woodworking (wood-butchering?), motorcycles, my tractor, mountain backpacking, horses, bluegrass music, and the world's best neighbors. We live right at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, and there are hundreds of waterfalls within less than an hour from my home. I love the mountains and the ocean, and everything in between. I am an Eagle Scout, as are three of my sons. Because of my wife and the Lord Jesus Christ, I have become a much better man, and have more joy in life than I ever thought possible!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a faithful Southern Baptist family, and we had a humble preacher who sincerely loved the Lord and loved the people. My mother taught me correct doctrine that was not always clear to the average person, or to the professional clergy, but was clear to her because of her personal relationship with the Savior. I was happy with life, not particularly searching for anything in the way of religion, but always trying to associate with better people. While I was in the United States Marine Corps, I often attended various Christian churches, just looking for the peace and comfort that I had enjoyed at home. Soon after I was released form active duty, I met the lovely young lady who would soon become my wife. She and her college friend Cathy had been actively seeking some church or religion with more authority and more truth. We met her friend one evening at a restaurant, and since their college days that friend had found and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In a very short time we were meeting with Elders Smith and Sandburg. We soon gained our own testimonies of the restored Church, and were baptized to become members of the Church. My sweetheart was baptized in April, 1971, and I was baptized on a Monday in May. We were married four days later at sundown on top of Glassy Mountain, South Carolina.

How I live my faith

SInce joining the Church, I always accepted and served as well as I could at the time in every calling I received. Our sons served missions in Quebec, Mexico, and Bolivia. My dear wife and I plan to go on a mission ourselves in a very few years. I suppose I have put in more time as a Scout leader than in any other single area, and I have certainly enjoyed doing that. Currently I am the Webelos den leader in our Cub Scout pack. What a hoot! As I get older, and have more experience in life, my religion has become much more important to me. I am constantly awed at what a truly magnificent work of art this earth is. I am overwhlmed with the countless, constant, specific, personal blessings in my life. I try to be a good and faithful friend to my neighbors and co-workers, gently sharing a little about my faith and the Church at every opportunity.