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Hi I'm Worthy.

I love variety in my life, study languages, carve wood, make quilts, travel and look forward to the future. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of six children and 22 grand children. I grew up in South Dakota, went to college in Utah, then served a church mission to the the Navajo Indians in Arizona and New Mexico. I loved my mission, and after graduating from college returned to work with the Navajo people. Having learned the Navajo language, I have used this fluency to participate in written translation efforts that have been meaningful for me and, hopefully helpful in preserving this endangered language. My Native American friends are important to me, and I have continued working with them in my career and in my personal life. I participated in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I continued as an adult Scouter and my 3 sons are Eagle Scouts. I enjoyed camping, back packing and fishing. One enjoyable activity while camping was whittling. I especially like to carve diamond willow walking sticks and canes for family and friends. I love music and taught myself to play guitar as a teenager so I could accompany myself on my mission. I have enjoyed participating in a variety of small performing groups. I also play the ukulele and enjoy singing with my grandchildren, singing in church choirs and performing for school children. I also enjoy quilting and like to design my own quilts. I enjoy intricate circular medallion designs, and often gift my completed quilts. I have enjoyed sports and I still like to play golf. I am a Rotarian and love giving service,

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first and foremost because my mother was willing to listen to two young Mormon missionaries who came to our house in 1954. My mother had been searching for a church and when taught that babies are not born in sin and do not require baptism, she wanted to learn more. Her baby sister Ruth had died as an infant and her father left the United Brethren Church because he could not accept that his baby was damned because she had not been baptized. I remember attending the Episcopal Church and Baptist Church when little and attending Bible School. I was baptized when I was 8. I remember how I felt when bearing my testimony for the first time, and I said that I believed the church was true because my mother knew it was true. I know that the Holy Ghost bore witness to me of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel. I have never doubted that God lives and that His Beloved Son Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I read the New Testament and Book Of Mormon as a teenager and I knew that they contained to word of God and testified of Christ. I studied the beliefs of other churches and know there was an apostasy from the original church Christ established. I know that Joseph Smith as a young 14 year old boy went to ask God which church he should join and that he saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ as two personages with bodies. When he told others of his experience he was not believed and was persecuted. The religions of the world did not understand the true nature of the Godhead but in Genesis it says man was created in the image of God; so why is it so hard for people to believe that God has a glorified body? I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. I have read it multiple times and I know that it is true and is another witness of Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet through whom the priesthood was restored and know that we have living prophets who lead the church today.

How I live my faith

My mother joined the Mormon church when I was little, but I remember going to Bible School and enjoyed learning songs like "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" and "Jesus Loves The Little Children". I was baptized at age 8 and learned new songs like "I Am A Child Of God", "Give Said The Little Stream", "I Wonder When He Comes Again", "Come, Come Ye Saints" and "Choose The Right". Ever since I can remember, I have had a strong belief in God and my Savior Jesus Christ. As a young person growing up in South Dakota, I was the only Mormon in my class and was at times teased for my beliefs. This strengthened my faith as I tried to live my life in accordance with the teachings of my church. I did not drink, smoke or do drugs during a time when many of my friends and even family members did. Having seen first hand the negative affects of alcohol I resolved to never take my first drink and still to this day as a 66 year old grandfather have kept this resolve. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and because of the example of other young men who served as missionaries I decided at an early age to go on a mission for my church. Through Boy Scouts and growing up near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation I wanted to be a missionary to the Indians and was called to serve among the Navajo people. After my 2 and half year mission I got married, graduated from college and then moved back to work on the Navajo Reservation. I have continued to live my faith by serving in a variety of callings in the church such as Primary teacher, song leader, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, stake and ward missionary, Branch President and Bishopric member. My wife and I taught our children the Gospel by reading the scriptures as a family and praying together every day, attending church together and holding weekly Family Home Evenings. We now serve in the temple and are Senior Couple Missionaries at the Polynesian Culture Center in Hawaii. I am also a Rotarian and Paul Harris Society member.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Everything around me tells me there is a God. I marvel at the beauty and intricasy of all of God's creations. For anyone to think that our very existence on this planet earth is just by happen stance, boggles my mind. What evidence is there that there is no God? None! Show more Show less