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Hi I'm William

I am a geologist, I speak three languages, and I like to smoke meat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small mining town in Eastern Nevada. My father was a geologist and the remote deserts of Nevada meant home to me. At 16 years old, my father moved our family to the Altiplano of Peru where I finished high school. I learned Spanish while living there among native Peruvians. At the age of 19, I left for Brazil as a missionary where I spent 2 more years overseas. After 5 years overseas, I was fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and obviously English. I followed my father's path to some degree and I am currently an oil & gas geologist in Austin, Texas. The best thing about my life is my wonderful wife and children. We have been married 7 years and we have three little ones under the age of 5. My family defines me, they are what I live for. My ultimate goal is to see my children be successful in dealing with life's challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

As a geologist, I am constantly looking for "evidence" and "data" to support my theories. If I have gathered the right data and my theories hold true, I am successful in finding oil and gas, and therefore successful in my job. In the same way, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides me with "evidence" and "data" that it is true. The Prophet Joseph Smith received many revelations and translated an entire book of scripture (The Book of Mormon) with nothing more than an elementary education. As I read the Book of Mormon and read the revelations given to Joseph Smith (found in the Doctrine and Covenants), I know that it is the work of God. In addition to physical evidence I have gained spiritual evidence through prayer. I have asked God if this work is true and I have felt the Holy Spirit confirm to me that it is true.

How I live my faith

I feel that Mormonism provides me with endless optimism about the world around me. Through the teachings of Jesus Christ, I understand that this life is merely a testing period, and that after this life there are much grander opportunities that await us. The most important things here and now are our families and keeping our lives in harmony with God's commandments. I am able to best live my faith by keeping God's commandments when others around me do not. I can have confidence before God that I am doing all I can to live His way. I live my faith by teaching that righteous lifestyle to my children and helping my wife to do the same.