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Hi I'm Wayne

I'm a Mormon from Australia.

About Me

I am married and have been for thirty-nine years. We have six children, seventeen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Our family joined the Church in 1973. Now retired but worked in Mental Health both at a social work and management level. After I finished work we went on a 23 month mission to Perth, Western Australia. Interests include reading, and dabbling in writing.

Why I am a Mormon

I knew nothing about mormons! This changed just after I got married and the local TV channel screened a television program about them, which left me thinking that no reasonable human could believe what they taught. I really hoped that one day I would meet one and be able to explain how wrong they were. Next day at work one of my colleagues talked about a visit by two young men the night before and a book they left. He wasn't going to read it so I asked if I could have it and that is how I found myself starting to read the Book of Mormon. I told my wife that night that two americans would visit us, (at the time I didn't know exactly how I knew that) and she should invite them back so I could explain the errors of their way. Next day as she was coming from the shops, two young men came up to her and offered to carry the babies' pram up our steps. Of course she accepted the offer. However, before they could share a message she said goodbye but did mention if they came back her husband would like to meet them. They did, I had the lessons but never seemed to get around to explaining their errors. The process of joining the Church was a little drawn out, first they taught me, then my wife, and then our older children - so it took six months before we were baptised. On the first visit they gave me a Joseph Smith pamphlet, and when I read that pamphlet I knew then this man was a prophet, and still regret not acting on that knowledge earlier. Since then I have continued to experience the joy of having a loving Heavenly Father and a plan of salvation that will allow me to return to him one day. I am continually grateful for the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and living prophets on the earth.

How I live my faith

Currently we do local community service delivering meals to those in need. Over the years I have been involved in politics, as well as state and national mental health non government organisations. In the Church I have had numerous callings and presently am a hometeacher serving with my wife. Home Teaching provides members with the opportunity to visit other members on a regular basis to build friendships, and support each other. We have five families to visit with.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Wayne
The Lord - through a system established early in the Church's history, where the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is sustained. First by his brethren, and then by the Church. This removes confusion, or politiking. Show more Show less