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Hi I'm Wendell

I grew up in a small farming community in central California. I love to rock climb. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I've been happily married 28 years and have 5 grown children, and 5 grandchildren. I work as a project manager in the manufacturing industry. I love where I live and work. I'm truly blessed and happy. I have had the opportunity to grow up around so many good people who have shared their friendship and talents; molding me into the person I am today. These talents have served me well as I work, play, worship, and just live my life. In 2003 my wife and I moved our family and purchased an old farm house (built in 1901) and began a labor of love of restoration, and revealing our home's 100 plus years of character. We are far from done with all the projects that need to be completed, yet we have found a special feeling of accomplishment as we look back upon all the things we have worked together on. I love the outdoors, hiking, climbing, cycling and just seeking the less traveled roads, that cause me to strain and push myself upwards. Rock climbing for me is a passion. I have learned so much about myself and my life on earth as I work out a climbing route on the side of a vertical cliff. The exposure to falling is ever present in my mind as I climb, which causes me to have a heightened sense of the measures that need to be employed to safely ascend. Having a plan that keeps me safe as I climb is key to my success and allows me to push my limits. Without a rope, harness, and belay I would not be able to make a mistake on a climb. I would have to be perfect with every move I make.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe and know there is a God. I know that He loves me, and I feel his love and guidance in my life. I know these things though experience. My faith, is the actions I act upon daily, that strengthens my relationship with God. Being a Mormon has taught me the basics of building a relationship with God, my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have come to know each of them through these teachings and have found piece and happiness. As a Mormon, I have come to know my purpose in life and by knowing I am able to act according to that purpose; becoming who God would want me to be. I do this out of respect and love and not fear. I know God has put a plan in place for us to live by, so we can learn here in mortality, on earth, away from Him. God's plan is perfect, and allows us the versatility to make mistakes and learn from them. His plan is dynamic, through grace, and pays the price of our mistakes. God's plan is the gospel taught by Jesus Christ. As I have developed faith in the gospel, God's plan I am able to move forward knowing I will be succesful and someday reach his kingdom. As a rock climber, I recognize the importance of a plan to keep me safe while I climb. Faith in the plan I put in place while I climb is the power that helps me overcome the fears present while climbing. As a Mormon I am greatful for the knowledge of God's plan. His plan is power in my life.

How I live my faith

I like to work with the youth, teaching them worthwhile skills that help them move forward and have a sense of accomplishment. Being a Boy Scout leader of 11 year old boys gives me lots of opportunity of teaching and just having fun. Once a week we meet together and learn leadership skills and how to live the Boy Scout law and oath. Scouting has been a positive influence in my life. I attend church weekly on Sunday and appreciate the association and instruction that helps me live my life. I recognize that there is more to life than just being born and then one day dying. How I live, and give back to others, has brought me so much happiness. Being a Mormon means that I will be asked to serve and to share my talents with others. Sharing brings joy to my life. My service to others strengthens my faith and builds community among everyone I associate. A strong community is vital within our families and cities where we reside. Without it we are left to fend for ourselves in times of trial, disaster and despair. We need each other. As a youth growing up, I learned many important life skills through examples taught to me by others. Now, I like to teach these skills to others. I love to use my climbing experience to teach others about overcoming trials and fears, setting goals, problem solving, the importance of hope and having faith. Moving through life is so much like a climbing route and requires many techniques to be successful. Mastering the skills that keep us moving upwards is how we reach our goals and feel the power of joy that comes from accomplishment. As mortal men and women we need to recognize our lives are upward climbs intended to build strong character and moral values that are tested by our actions. We become what we spend our time doing and practicing. I am happy with who I am and what I am becoming, as part of my mortal journey.