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Hi I'm Walt

I have a vineyard. I'm a beekeeper. I play old cowboy songs on the guitar. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

For the first time in my life, i am learning how to grow grapes. Having a vineyard is not a normal lifestyle for Mormons since we don't consume alchohol but grapes are certainly good for you and grape juice is a great alternative to wine for people that are concerned about the health of their hearts. I had no idea how much work is involved in establishing a vineyard. We only have 750 plants on our Missouri Ranch but it can be very time consuming if you do it right. And we haven't even had our first harvest yet! We also have 20 beehives and I'm afraid that September is going to be extremely busy when we do have our first grapes come on and the honey needs to be extracted at the same time. I'll need lots of help. I love planting and pruning and nurturing and seeing my work come to fruition. My kids always complained about the gardeing I forced them to do while growing up but now they are all expert gardeners. It's a wonderful legacy for me to hear them talk about the fresh veggies they are harvesting. I think my grandkids will benefit from the things I taught their parents. I can only hope.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't always an active Mormon. In fact, there was a time when I did drink alcohol and I participated in some other activities that are not in keeping with LDS teachings. But I saw that living that lifestyle only provided fun times for a season. True happiness and joy comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ and I missed the peace of mind that comes from living it. So I took advantage of the Savior's atonement and repented of my sins and sought the forgiveness that he promises. Over the past 40 years, I have tried to overcome my weaknesses and have attempted to be a good father and husband. I've had my ups and downs and I'm still working on those weaknesses but I am happy and content. Living the principles of the gospel brings temporal peace of mind and eternal joy with my loved ones. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the restored church that the Savior organized while he was upon the earth. I love Him for helping me gain this testimony.

How I live my faith

I am active in my Mormon ward and serve as one of the local leaders or pastors. The nice thing about the LDS faith is that all of the members are asked to participate. Since we have a lay leadership, we are all asked to give talks and lessons and visit each other and care for each other. Having to spend time preparing lessons and leaving the comfort of my home to go assist someone in need makes me a better person and makes me do things that are sometime difficult. But the effort makes me stretch a little and makes me more empatheitc for others.