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Hi I'm Wayne Allgaier

I'm a retired physician (family practice). A native of Northern Virginia, now living in Brunswick MD. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

-Medicine -Photography -Gardening and yard work -Family History/Genealogy -Reading (especially history) -The Temple These are some of my personal interests over the years. As a family doctor in a small community, with a family of six children, and responsibilities in the Church and in the community, I was very busy prior to my retirement in 2008. But guess what -- I'm busier than ever since then. Shortly after retirement, my wife and I served a 2 year full time mission for the Church in the Helsinki Finland Temple. Upon returning, we were able to stay at home for three years, and during that time we served an 18 month "Church-service mission" in the field of adoption. We are now looking forward to our third mission together as we travel to Atlanta where we will be responsible for the health of 2,400 LDS missionaries in the southeast U.S. In addition to our missions, Vicki and I have also been able to serve as ordinance workers in the Washington D.C. Temple over the past 20 years. One of my great personal interests is family history. It has been a real joy to get to know my ancestors, and I have had the opportunity to visit some of the places where they lived in Germany, Sweden, and Ireland before immigrating to the U.S. As a youth, my parents were not members of the LDS Church, but they were good parents, and I had a wonderful childhood, surrounded by wonderful caring neighbors who treated us as family and who warmed us into the Church. I have had a full and happy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where my parents were not members of the LDS Church. But several of their neighbors were, and invited our family to attend church with them. My parents did not join the Church until about 20 years later, but they saw something good about the Church, encouraging their three children to participate in all the activities, and allowing us to become baptized when we became of age (children can be baptized at age eight). I have always had an inquiring mind, and by nature I generally challenge things that I learn. This skepticism was applied to the Book of Mormon as well. As I read it, it seemed true, but how could I really know? I knew that if this book was true, the man who gave it to us, Joseph Smith, was a prophet of God, and if that were true, then the "Mormon Church" was what it purports to be -- the true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. One night, as a senior in high school, I was reading the Book of Mormon, still wondering how I could know if it was true, when I became overwhelmed with the frequent references to Jesus Christ and His atonement, and how enlightening these passages were. It was a feeling that is hard to describe, but it very real, and it was the beginning of my testimony of Jesus Christ, of the Book of Mormon, and of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, that has continued to grow and influence my life.

How I live my faith

Most importantly, I have always tried to be a good husband and father, and I am grateful for my wife who was able to be at home during my many hours of absence, to provide the guidance and teachings that our children needed. Now they all have families of their own, and we are proud of the way they are raising their children and making their contributions to the world. As a family doctor, I tried to understand the whole person as my patients came seeking help. Many of them needed more than medication. They needed a listening ear. In addition to various callings in the Church, including bishop (leader of our local congregation) for several years, I also tried to be active in our community, serving one term on our City Council, as well as being active in other community organizations and activities. We love being part of a small community (population 6,000).