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Hi I'm Walter Russell

I grew up in Texas until we moved to Washington State in 1941. I am 80 years old and became a Mormon this Jan. 2013.

About Me

My first encounter with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints occurred when I was 17 at our home in Washington. We had two Sisters from the church knock on our door and asked if there was anything they could do to help. They were invited into the house and proceeded to talk about the “Book of Mormon”. The more I listened, the more interested I became in what they were saying. They continued to come to our home and present the lessons of the Church. About that time, I had joined the Navel Reserve and also had graduated from High School. Then the Korean Police Action broke out and I was called up to service.While I was there I met an Elder from the Church and we became friends. He invited me to attend church service with him and I accepted. After I had finished my tour of duty, I returned to Aberdeen and re-entered the Jr. College. I was then contacted by two Elders who continued the lessons that the Sisters had started. After I had graduated from the University, I went to work as an Engineer. This ended in 1971 and I returned to College to get a degree in Teaching. I was hired as a 4th grade teacher where I became accquanted with several Mormons. This led to more understanding of the LDS Church. After I retired and my wife of 48 years passed, I began searching for a church that had similar beliefs as I did..

Why I am a Mormon

This is the story of my involvement that led to my joining the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. The church denomination that I left was not meeting the scripture requirement or commandments. I knew something was missing. About that time Elders Odle and Davis started visiting with me. I decided that my life had always been slanted toward the LDS church. With prayers for guidance and knowing that the church was the one true church, I was baptized on Jan. 5th, 2013. I received the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” on Jan. 6th, 2013. I truly believe that god is the Heavenly father, Jesus Christ is his begotten son, and the Holy Ghost works with us. Amen.

How I live my faith

Since I am a new member of the LDS Church, I am still receiving instruction from my home teachers. I have had Inspirations since I was Baptized. My oldest Son John is in need of a liver transplant. I have been praying to God to give him strength and look after him for a long time. It was only after I received the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” that John called me and said that the hospital would like me to come to Aurora, OR where he lives to train me for the job of being his caregiver during his recovery. The next morning I got an inspiration to have the Stake in Aurora contact him and talk with him, praying that they would be able to lend spiritual guidance. They were contacted, and since have responded.I believe that this wouldn't have happened if the Heavenly Father hadn't listened to my prayers and sent the Holy Ghost to help. My Home teachers have been great and I look forward to seeing all my new friends in church on Sunday.