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Hi I'm Henry J. Ward

I teach science in a junior high school. love Betty Crocker fruit snacks, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I hold degrees in health sciences, biology, chemistry, and education. I love music and actively play the piano. I have been involved in numerous orchestras and bands in various positions as a member and a leader. Volleyball is my favorite sport. It is my ideal pass-time. I am the assistant coach for the girls' team at my school. Previous to my career in science education, I was employed as a certified nursing assistant. I have a sexual attraction to men which many may see as contrary to life as a Latter-day Saint. (I talk more about this in the FAQ below.) This attribute has been one of the greatest opportunities to learn compassion, understanding, and love for God and other people. I try to smile as much as possible; I believe it makes life easier. I believe people change. I believe people are often better than they give themselves credit. I believe in Christ. I believe the world can be a better place. I believe God loves every person. I believe people should be accepted on terms of personal genuineness and characteristics - not blindly by age, gender, or occupation. I believe life can be a happy experience - for everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the greatest teachings within the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fact that each of us is a child of God. Through learning about and then membership in this church, I have discovered who I am: a son of God. God loves me. This understanding has changed everything. Being a Mormon has provided me with this knowledge, which knowledge has in turn given me a confidence in life. I feel at peace with who I am and what I do because my actions and beliefs are not dependent on pleasing the crowd or following current trends. My life is guided by remembering God is my Father. My identity is eternal. I have been me for a long time. I am a Mormon because I can be true to myself, my real identity as God's child, easily and comfortably. I love God.

How I live my faith

I smile. I try to be happy every day because I know that God loves me. Christ is a part of my life. I study His words. Though I (like all) am a hypocrite, I strive to follow God's commandments. The most important aspect of my discipleship is to forgive others and allow them to make mistakes, the same as they allow me my imperfections and shortfalls. We all need help. We all make poor decisions. I live my faith in Christ by remembering that forgiveness brings and shows love, the very love I want too. I try to be the shoulder to cry on, the hand up, or the arms that carry.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Henry J. Ward
The Law of Chastity means that we do not have any sexual relationships outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We should be true to our spouse before we even meet him or her, after we begin dating, and the entire time we are married. We should not look, touch, or talk about our bodies in ways that tempt us or cause us to desire to break this commandment. God gave each of us a great gift when He provided us with a body. We have a special responsibility to protect it from being defiled in every way - physically, emotionally, and sexually. We should recognize the importance of protecting others' bodies as well. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Henry J. Ward
For the sake of honesty and hopefully to be of aid, I admit that I am attracted to men. I have those very feelings that any homosexual man describes. I have always had them since the beginning. I am active in the LDS faith and experience great joy. Our mortal bodies have imperfections - physically, emotionally, mentally. It is clear that the way our bodies are intended to be used is through a companionship with the opposite gender. It is not easy to tell my body, "No," to something that feels completely natural. I did not ask for these feelings. They just are. In the Church we are taught to be accepting of everyone's trials and difficulties - including temptation to have a homosexual relationship. Regardless of any temptation one may have, Christ has taught that "it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell." (3 Nephi 12:30) "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:38) This is my cross; I know I am not the only one with it. In the next life, my body will be resurrected and my body will be perfect. I will no longer have to carry this cross. I am committed to following God. It is hard, overwhelming, and often confusing. It can also be very lonely. Some members of the Church are not as accepting as they should be, because they do not understand. But I am a member of this Church for Christ, not for others. Only His opinion matters. Show more Show less