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Hi I'm Michael & Viola Walter

We both have accepted a public service opportunity to work in archival buildings near Chicago, Illinois. Yes, we’re Mormons.

About Me

We are from Manhattan, Kansas and moved into town with our family in 1983, courtesy of the US Army. Michael retired as a member of the US Army Reserve after 27 years, ending in 1999. Seeking time with his family, he became a Civil Servant on Ft Riley, retiring in 2008. Local community service for him includes six years as a scoutmaster (All 6 sons are eagle scouts), 5 years as a bishop for his church congregation, and recently 3 years as president of his neighborhood home-owner association. Viola is primarily responsible for raising our children. All graduated from Manhattan schools, attended early morning Seminary (daily scripture study), and excelled in sports. She is best remembered in the neighborhood as a carrier for the Manhattan Mercury newspaper. As such, she employed our children to deliver 300 newspapers daily for 21 years, that they may learn the value of work and frugal use of money! As a result, she was one of 20 named nominees for the City’s “most admired persons” in ~2001. She loves canning and gardening. She verily assisted the family’s income by doing machine quilting. Recently, and together, we have served 5 years as group leaders and “store front” for a local, all-inclusive and gospel-based addiction recovery group.

Why I am a Mormon

We don’t claim to be anything but ordinary people, but are interested in helping the public at large to find their ancestral roots. Yes, we will leave our personal family and 17 grand-children for 18 months. But, we believe that our service will also be an example for them to follow. We believe that families can be together forever, both our personal and extended family Our religion has been the means to keep family at the center of our lives, both present and deceased (We'll see them again). (We note that members of the public are welcome to find their own ancestral roots by visiting a public library, the local LDS Family History Center, or to go on-line to the free public website, www.FamilySearch.org.)

How I live my faith

We will be trained as volunteer Records Preservation Specialists on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will be preserving vital records in digital form for public and for private (ancestral) access. (Our service is reminiscent of earlier days of full time missionary service while in our 20s. Viola served in Australia and Michael in the Republic of China (Taiwan)).