Hi I'm Wendell Manning
I love the outdoors and all that it has to offer. My favorite sport is ultimate frisbee. I'm a hard worker and I've discovered that hard work is the most rewarding and most fun to do. When it comes to laziness, I shun it. Although a little nap in the middle of the day can really be good some times. I graduated with a high school diploma in 2011. I play the ukulele, and I plan to buy an electric one as soon as I get home from my mission and have the money in order to do so. I am an Eagle Scout and have been on a NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) for 5 years, and I plan to do so for as long as I am able. I have a good sized family. My folks, three older brothers, a twin sister (of whom I really really love), and a younger brother. I've been a Mormon since the day I was born and I don't ever plan on changing.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because it's what I want to be, and what I know to be true. I was born a Mormon, raised a Mormon, am a Mormon and will remain a Mormon.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Missions in church are to "invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." (Preach My Gospel; page 1) My participation in missions is that I am currently on mine. I love my mission. the members are amazing. So are the less-actives, non-actives, investigators, and the ones who want nothing to do with the church. I love them all. In the mission I serve, there's not many people wanting to be baptized, but there are also a lot of less-active and non-active members. My companion and I feel that bringing them back into the church is just as important, if not more so.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
I have been in two car accidents, one that I should have died from and the other that I should have been very seriously injured. But both I came out practically unscathed. The first one, I totaled the truck. It rolled three times, each time bouncing about "5-9 feet into the air" reported one of the officers after reviewing the scene. The truck was completely destroyed, just a hunk of twisted metal, but I walked away with a 3 inch by 2 inch rash on my shoulder from the seat belt, which healed after about 5 days. The other accident, I passed out behind the wheel due to my epilepsy. This vehicle ran into a power pole. It wasn't completely totaled, but it was a $7,000 repair job. When I got out, all I had was a small cut on my wrist form the steering wheel. The air bag also deployed in both of these accidents, and my face should have been bruised, cut up and discombobulated. I was extremely luck in these situations. And if the Lord, my Savior, Jesus Christ, was not there to protect me, I would have surely been killed in the first accident and would not have been around for the second accident or been hospitalized during the second accident. I love the Lord and through him my life has been very blessed
Could you talk about your baptism?
My actual baptism I don't quite remember, due to the fact it was over a decade ago. But I understand what it was like by participating in the sacrament each week. The sacrament is a reminder and a renewal of the baptismal covenants I made at the age of 8. Also when I participate in the ordinance of baptisms for the dead, I feel how I believe those whom I am being baptized for must feel. An overwhelming sense of relief and joy. The opportunity of receiving a second chance to live with my father which is in heaven.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
I have found out that when I make right choices, that I am more happy. I know that by being that happy, I need to continue to make right choices over and over again.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Mormons go on missions for many reasons. The reason that I have is so that way I can serve the Lord as best as I can, to obey the commandments and because this is where I am meant to be.
How I live my faith
I Love to serve people, and every opportunity I can, I take. I am currently serving a 2-year mission in Jacksonville, Florida.