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Hi I'm Wayne Hale

I was born in Idaho, grew up in California, returned to Idaho to live, teach school, and raise my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired secondary teacher (32 years in Spanish, English, History, and many other subjects) and coach (cross country and track), have worked part-time during those years and since in many different fields and situations, most recently in pre-registration (insurance verification) and Spanish interpretation/translation in our local hospital. I have lived in small towns and huge cities. I am married with 4 adult children and 16 grandchildren, with whom we have enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and other activities. We garden, do a lot of canning and sharing of our produce, and enjoy our bushes, fruits and flowers.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into an LDS family, with a heritage intertwined even with the very early days of the Church, there came a time when I had to decide for myself if I would accept and support the teachings and practices of the Church. I never had any serious doubts, but I needed to confirm for myself and commit to live the teachings and support the current leaders, particularly our President Thomas S. Monson, whom I sustain as a living prophet, seer, and revelator, who is here to help and serve not only members of one Church, but all peoples and nations of the earth. A huge part of the Gospel teachings provides understanding, consolation and peace, not only enduring the trials and tragedies of this life, but also through a greater understanding, and hope, for after this life, for which we have the opportunity to earn an eternal association with our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We earn that association through our ongoing obedience and our service, and Christ helps fill in the holes through His atonement. We also have the opportunity to weld eternal family units, entire networks of relatives, based on eternal covenants made and kept in this life, with many of the blessings poured out upon us here, and many more in the life to come. I am so grateful to know that this works forward, starting with my own potentially eternal marriage with my wife here, and on through our posterity, but also working back through the generations, showing interest in and gratitude for those from whom we descend, who provided great legacies, in material, national, as well as spiritual ways. It even can go way back as we seek and bless those ancestors who did not live where or when the Restored Gospel was available, but through our vicarious work for them, and their opportunity to be taught and accept or reject this Gospel, even after this life, and be joined in the family chain with us. For all this I am very grateful, and testify of its Truth.

How I live my faith

A major community service for me and some of my kids (as youngsters and as adults) has been as certified Track Officials, helping with track meets from junior high to NCAA nationals. I have also worked several years in the Boy Scouts of America and participated in various community activities and on an irrigation project board. In my church, even as a youth, I learned service and skills in various positions. That continued as a full-time missionary to Brazil, and since in positions serving every age group, from children to senior citizens. Of particular value to me have been opportunities to serve with college-age singles as well as young marrieds, and later with a Spanish-language group for several years; almost always I have had the opportunity to regularly visit a few persons or families within our congregations, with many special experiences. In some of these callings, my wife has been able to serve directly with me, which we consider of special worth. We have tried to live the principles we have learned and taught, and especially with our own children and now grandchildren.