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Hi I'm Rafferty Walker

I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I'm an Idahoan, I LOVE nerdy things, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 20 year old missionary serving in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I LOVE it. I've been serving here for almost two years now, and my love for my Savior has grown immensely. I grew up in a standard Mormon home in Idaho Falls, just honestly going through the motions of the gospel. When I came on my mission though, that TOTALLY changed. I've grown so much spiritually here and I've come to love this gospel and this church, an it plays such a greater role in my life now. I'm very much a nerd, I love nerdy things, like Doctor Who and reading books and so forth. I plan to go to Utah State to study engineering, as I have really enjoyed math. My biggest goal in life is just to be a good person, someone that people can rely on and someone that people really like. I really want to be a charitable, humble disciple of Christ, and I believe very strongly that the best men and women are those who are most like Christ. I'm far from there, but I'm doing my best to get there each day.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a kid, my step dad was inactive and my mom knew nothing of the church. I was a very curious child, and at about 6 or 7, I asked a lot of deep and thought provoking questions, like "Where are we from?" "Where do we go after we die?" etc. etc. I was a curious kid. My parents couldn't give me any definite answers to my questions, which led them to ponder those questions. So, when the missionaries came over, they were able to answer the questions that I had raised, and, a month after I turned 8, my family was baptized and we started going to church. I still didn't quite understand church at that age, so I went because my parents took me. I would often ask when I could stop going to church, because I sometimes missed having a whole Sunday of freedom. However, as I continued to go my testimony continued to grow and flourish until I could finally say that I truly wanted to attend church. I owe my testimony and my desire to serve a mission to two main influences in my life: my friends and my Seminary classes. The high school I attended had a lot of LDS students, and it was easy for me to find a group of people that both shared my values and pushed me to set my standards even higher. Whenever I would be going through my trials and challenges, my friends were always there to back me and help me get through. I owe a lot to them, more than they could ever know. My Seminary classes also strengthened me, as Boyd K Packer once put it, "the study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." As I learned and studied in Seminary, I grew and learned and the desire to become a better person increased almost daily. I'm a Mormon because everything in my life has led me to be one. My mom's conversion, my faithful friends, and my diligent study have all helped me gain the tesimony I have today which is that the church is true.

How I live my faith

To live your faith is more than just being able to say that you believe in something. It's one thing to be able to say that you believe in God, it's another thing entirely to be able to live like you believe in God. I live my faith by always trying to "be [an] example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" as 1 Timothy 4:12 directs. As I live the standards and guidelines that I have been given, I have felt so much joy and peace from the knowledge that I am on the pathway that my Heavenly Father wants me to be on. This gospel that he has given us is truly the gospel of peace, as the best way that we can feel peace in this life is through the comfort that comes through living the commandments and standards that we have been instructed to abide by.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Rafferty Walker
Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs are addictive substances. The whole point of this life was for our Heavenly Father to give us the agency to choose for ourselves what we decisions we want to make. When we partake of these substances and have those addictions, we lose our agency, thus going directly against the plan that our Father has for us. The Word of Wisdom, the "health code" of the Church, isn't so much a set of rules that say "don't do this, this, or this," but rather, a set of guidelines which, when followed, free us from the trap that is addiction. Show more Show less