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Hi I'm Ollie Whaley

I'm a father, grandfather, teacher, and coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a teacher and a coach on the Navajo reservation for over 30 years. I served a mission here in 1976-78 then came back after earning a degree at Brigham Young University. I was baptized at BYU in 1974. My wife and I have 6 children and 16 grandchildren so far. I am very fortunate to be able to earn a living by doing something that I enjoy. I have always enjoyed exercise and physical activity and I have been able to share that love on a daily basis for so long that most of my current students are the children of former students. I teach weight training and coach Track and Field. I have competed in Weightlifting and coach weightlifters as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is indeed another witness of Jesus Christ. It does not contradict the bible, nor does it claim to replace it. It stands along side the bible reinforcing it's truths and giving clarity to it's teachings. I love the members of the church. They are not perfect and sometimes fall short of their aspirations, but they are willing to keep trying to live up to the covenants that they made at baptism. It was the influence of many good people who encouraged me to learn about the church as a young college student. I had a innate feeling that the Lord did live and still communicated with His children. Finding the restored Gospel and living according to it's teachings has made my life happy and hopeful.

How I live my faith

It had been a privilege to serve among people who are among the descendants of Father Lehi. I love the Book of Mormon and read from it's pages daily. I have served as a bishop and in the stake presidency several times. Our stake is large and wide spread, taking in a big piece of the Navajo reservation and the entire Hopi nation as well. Our boundaries stretch from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley. It is a beautiful place to live. We put a lot of miles on our vehicles as we travel around our stake visiting members in their homes and congregations. I never get tired of the beautiful scenery and bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.