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Hi I'm Arthur Whittaker

I grew up on a ranch in Southern Utah. I served as an aeronautical engineer in the USAF for 20 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 75 years old. I reciently lost my wife to pancreatic cancer. I am retired. I spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as an aeronautical engineer. I created a manufacturing company called Circle Industries, Inc. There I developed the first computer controlled routing machine for the vinyl fence industry. My hobbies are flying, sailing, wood turning, genealogy, and computers.

Why I am a Mormon

I have searched the world over for a religion that makes it possible for every person that has ever lived on this earth to have the same opportunity of eternal life that I have. If God is no respector of persons, which I believe he is, he must have established a plan to be able to save each and every one of his children, no matter when they were born or what country they were born in. There is only one religion that provides such a plan. It is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. How does he do this? He has placed a requirement on each of the members of his church to seek after their kindred dead and do the necessary ordinances of being baptized and doing other ordinances in our temples for and in behalf of our kindred dead. This doesn't make them a member of the LDS Church. They have to accept it after they have died if they want to. I have a firm testimony that I would like to share with you that the LDS Church is the only true church on the face of the world. It has been restored in these the last days before the second coming of Christ by the prophet Joseph Smith who saw the Father and the Son in a vision. Our church doesn't say to you, take my advice and join my church because I know it is true. We say study, ponder and pray and know for yourself that this is the true church of God.

How I live my faith

I have held many leadership positions in the church. I have been doing genealogy related jobs for the past 18 years. I served as a LDS Missionary to the New England States mission from 1957 to 1959. My wife and I served a genealogy mission to the London England Mission from 1994 to 1996. I served a third mission for 2 1/2 years as a New Family Search Genealogy Missionary answering questions about the LDS's gernealogy internet program called New Family Search. I am presently working as a superviser in our local Family History Center.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Arthur Whittaker
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John3:5). Many people, however, have died without being baptized. Others were baptized without proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for all people to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less