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Hi I'm Bill.

I'm a retired BYU-Hawaii faculty member, husband, father, grandfather, serving in the Laie Hawaii temple presidency. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Even though we live in Hawaii, we love to travel to new places and have been to most of the states in the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, Asia, and Europe. All of our travel usually includes some opportunities for family research. A trip to Croatia a few years ago helped my wife identify some ancestors who had previously been unknown to anyone in her family! My wife and I are both college graduates, including graduate education. We have been affiliated with universities most of our lives and love the opportunity to work with students. Now we serve full-time in the Laie Hawaii LDS temple as a member of the presidency. We're the proud parents of four chldren and eight grandchildren. We feel we have much to be grateful for. And now we enjoy our time serving in the Laie Hawaii temple several times each week.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my wife and I grew up in stong Christian homes. My grandfather was a Methodist minister and my wife attended 12 years of Catholic parochial school. After we were married, we began searching for a church we could attend and where we someday would want to raise our family. After attending several different churches, we met a Mormon family. We were impressed with their focus and I remember asking Dan, "What do Mormons believe?" He shared that Mormons know where they came from, why they are here, and where they are going. After several subsequent conversations, we invited the missionaries to our home. We later attended church with them and were impressed with the family focus and felt like we grew closer to the Savior through the messages and teachings. I have to admit that we were at first a little uncomforable with the testimony meetings but have now grown to love them as well. These members were great examples of the way we wanted to live our lives. We even learned how to pray together for the first time and that has become a regular pattern in our lives and our children's families as well. When we were baptized, we were expecting our first child, and she was born six months later. One year after our baptism we had an opportunity to go to the temple to be sealed together as a family for time and all eternity. Having our little baby with us in the temple to participate in that experience and knowing that we had become an eternal family has been a great strength to our marriage and all our family relationships.

How I live my faith

One of the aspects of this church that first impressed me was the tremendous service that is encouraged--to care for and watch out for others. When our first child was born, the women in our neighborhood ward showered us with quilts, blankets, and baby pajamas. They brought meals to our home. We strive to live our faith by providing service both in our family and to others--in fact, one of our greatest "ah-hah" moments was when we realized that we are here on earth to serve one another. The Savior was an example of that love and service during His time on earth. That's why our church members are so busily engaged in the community and world humanitarian outreach. For example, my wife and I love to research our family history and have assisted several others while serving in our local family history center in their research. I have served as an ecclesiastical leader for college students, including helping the young men and women prepare to serve full-time missions. We're so grateful for the teaching of the church that has helped us to become better parents. Attending church together, having weekly family home evenings each Monday night, praying together, working and playing together, incuding some wonderful family vacations, has strengthened us as a family. Now our children have children of their own, and they are continuing these same patterns in their families. We are all striving to live worthily to be an eternal family and live with our Heavenly Father. My wife and I look foward to serving a mission together someday--we recognize that serving others will continue to be an opportunity and a blessing in our lives.

What is being a Mormon like?

Bill.
My wife and I had been married for five years when we were baptized as members of the LDS Church. We spent four years learning about the church while attending other churches and studying the beliefs and lifestyle of the Mormons. When we learned we were expecting our first child, we knew we needed to make a decision about which church to join. That decision has been the most significant decision in our lives. What is it like? We have a greater knowledge of spiritual things, we have the comfort in knowing that we have been married in the temple eternally and our children will be with us throughout the eternities. Knowing these things, we strive to live our lives by following the example of the Savior, strengthening one another, and serving in various capacities when we are asked to do so. We love our association with other Latter-day Saints and encourage everyone to learn more about the church to receive these same blessings! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Bill.
The Savior himself was an example of the baptism process when he lived on the earth and how each of us should be baptized by someone who has been given the proper authority. For those individuals, including many of our kindred dead, who have not had the opportunity to participate in this sacred ordinance, baptism can be performed by a proxy in the temple. I've been able to perform this ordinance for my grandparents, and just recently my father, and many other ancestors. By doing this, I'm providing an eternal link for our family relationships. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Bill.
Before my wife and I joined the church, we actually tried paying tithing to see if it was a principle we could accept and if the promises that were given to those who paid tithing would actually occur in our lives. It has been an easy principle for us to follow. All that we have has been given to us by the Lord, and He lets us keep 90 percent and we share only 10 percent to help His kingdom here on the earth. I would much rather live my life giving the Lord His 10 percent while keeping the remaining 90 percent and have the blessings that come from following this ancient commandment, than to keep 100 percent of what He has given me and strive to live without His blessings. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Bill.
When we attend church each Sunday, we attend in one of the chapels with other members of our community. We participate each week in taking the sacrament, in attending Sunday school lessons, and learn more about our duties as sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven. We are organized into wards and stakes with bishops and stake presidents serving as our ecclesiastical leaders. Everyone is invited to attend our weekly Sunday meetings. We also strive to attend the temple regularly where other sacred ordinances are performed. In order to attend the temple, we have met with our bishop and stake presidency in an interview during which they ascertained our worthiness to enter the House of Lord. My wife and are were sealed for time and all eternity in the temple after we joined the church. Only within the sacred walls of the temple could these blessings be given. We have also performed sacred work for our kindred dead so that they can have the blessings that come from these sacred ordinances as well. The temple work is about providing exaltation for all our families. Now I serve as a sealer in the temple and each time I pronounce the words "married for time and all eternity," the knowledge that our marriages and families are forever is real; and I must strive to live my life in such a way that I can truly have a forever family. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Bill.
We know that death is not the end, but another beginning. While our physical body dies, our spirit continues. Thus, it is a wonderful opportunity to be reunited with those who have once lived on the earth. I am looking forward to seeing my father, my grandparents, and my brother--and many other family members whom I will get to know for the first time. I also know it's an opportunity for continuous learning, especially learning how to become more like our Father in Heaven, so that we may live with Him as eternal families. Show more Show less