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Hi I'm John A Wudel

I grew up in California and was a Methodist. I attended BYU as a non-Mormon and guess what. I'm now a Mormon.

About Me

I’m the CEO (food chemist and formulator) of a private Arizona corporation and former Seminary and Institute teacher for the LDS Church Education System. I am the husband of 1, father of 4 and the grandpa of 14. I enjoy my work and love my family. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When people ask me “How’s everything going?” my answer is always the same, “You know, if it was any better I couldn’t stand it!” When they hear that, they all react with amazement because they’ve found someone that is 100% happy with life. It’s true, I am. Why?...because 42 years ago I married the love of my life, my best friend, Nanci. Nanci is one of a kind as she was patient enough to endure the ups and downs of us growing up together after we married. She’s a marvelous wife, mother and now grandmother. Together we have raised four of the best people I know who have also married their best friends. Nanci and I are now enjoying the fruit of our labors as 14 amazing grandchildren all live within 15 minutes and come to our house for Sunday dinner almost every week. We get to be a part of their growing up years on a regular basis. That’s more joy than I could have ever imagined.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised a Mormon but attended a Christian church in a semi-regular way. When I was a small boy my angel mom taught me that I had two fathers, one on earth, my dad, and the other in heaven. She told me that both of them wanted to help me succeed in life. She said, “Talk to each of them often and tell them your concerns as they both love you very much and want to help you.” At a tender age she taught me to believe in God and to pray to Him with pure faith. That single parental teaching completely changed the direction of my life. Being a curious boy I wanted to know the real purpose of this life here on earth. So at age 14 I went to my bedroom one Sunday afternoon after coming home from our local protestant church. I had a question for my Father in Heaven. I knelt by my bed and asked, “Is the full truth on the earth? If it is and there are a people that have it, could you please show me where they are?” That was my question to God and He answered it 4.5 years later. I just wanted the truth and when I was ready for it, He gave it to me while attending Brigham Young University. I had the opportunity of standing just a few feet from the President of the Church, David O. McKay. I said a silent prayer to God and asked, "Is this man before me a Prophet?" The answer came immediately as a powerful and responding YES! From that moment on my life was forever changed. I was baptized soon after, graduated from BYU and went on a mission to the North Central States Mission (including Canada). Since then I've had many opportunities to serve in the Church including over 10 years in the Church Education System as a full time Seminary and Institute teacher to 5 high schools and two colleges. In addition to these employment opportunities I've had 52 different Church callings that have so blessed my life. I'm so grateful that I found the true religion 52 years ago and have embraced it with all my heart ever since.

How I live my faith

God’s son, Jesus Christ, once taught: “If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples in deed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 Once I was given the truth along with the Spirit of God to help me understand it, I became empowered to discern good from evil. As I learned to choose the good my life filled with joy. The external circumstances around me never really mattered much, but what did matter was that I learned to choose the right and reject the wrong. I’m now truly free to progress to my full potential. I’m 70 years old now and I’ve enjoyed both success and failure. I appreciate the reduced financial stress that business success brings but I learned that there is no substitute for failure, even as painful as it can be. Failure can be the better teacher if you let it, as long as you don’t give up on trying to succeed. Failure can best prepare you to handle the success before it comes and teaches you to stay humble once success arrives and settles in. Over all, my years on earth have been one of God’s best gifts to me. I’ve grown so much and will return to Him a better person than when I came here. Who could ask for more than that? God’s plan is one that produces happiness and it sure has worked for me. I’m one very happy man thanks to God, Jesus Christ, The Holy Ghost, my parents, Nanci, our children, our grand children and my extended family and friends. Come what may, I plan on remaining faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, truly happy and so grateful for it all, to my last breath.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

John A Wudel
You have to value the truth and sincerely desire it before God will give it to you. He won't give it to you if you aren't ready to handle it. In my case it took 4.5 year of growing up before I learned the truth about the purpose of life and God's plan on how to maximize my time on earth. The truth will set you free but you have to be ready to embrace it fully to benefit from receiving it. Mormonism is the pure truth. Show more Show less