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Hi I'm William Cook

I'm adopted. I'm a prospective journalist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life hasn't been what you would call "normal". I met my parents when I was three days old. I was adopted by them almost immediately after my birth through the adoption services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have to say that I'm rather lucky to be where I am in life right now. Years ago, I could never have imagined being where I am now. I'm currently at Brigham Young University: Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, majoring in Communications and minoring in Spanish. The majority of my time is contained within my schoolwork currently, but when I have free time to myself I enjoy outdoor activities, mostly focusing on sports. I have a healthy obsession to sports and would love to take my Communications Degree and work in Sports Communication of some-form. My high school years weren't the easiest for me, as I struggled with many problems including loneliness, depression, addiction and in-activity in my church. The tipping point in my life was when I decided to serve a mission for the LDS Church. I served for two years in various different cities in Ecuador. It helped jump-start the formation of who I am becoming today.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was adopted into a Latter-day family, I have not always been an active member of the church. Shortly after graduating high school, I decided to stop attending church on Sundays, stopped following many of God's commandments and began a gradual decline in spirituality. I felt as if I had to "find myself" and wanted to try new things. What I hadn't realized is that what I wanted and needed was actually right in front of me; I was just yet to realize it. Finally, finding myself in extreme depression and struggling with addition in my life I decided to serve a mission for the LDS church to appease my parents, whom had no idea to my problems. While my original motivations to serve a mission weren't the correct, they led me to a realization of what I was missing in my life. I changed my life around. It wasn't easy. My true testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ came through the repentance process in my life. While speaking with my Father in Heaven and those leaders authorized by God to help me clear up everything with the Lord, I felt an extreme cleaning and healing power that I had never experienced before. Not only was I being told that I was being forgiven, I knew and felt it. In the toughest of times, I'm able to remember those feelings. I've had the opportunity to feel it multiple times now, on different levels and extremes each time. They keep me going, because I know within is the love of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am currently attending Brigham Young University: Idaho, studying Communications. BYU-Idaho is a LDS church-run school and provides an amazingly spiritual atmosphere for those attending, whether LDS or of other faiths. In church I serve in two responsibilities; as a Ward Mission Leader and as a Choir Director. As Ward Mission Leader I am in charge of helping those preparing to serve as full-time missionaries for the church become more acquainted with the doctrines they will be teaching, as well as showing them how to explain our beliefs to those interested. As Choir Director I choose and lead a small choir in singing one special musical number a month during church services.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

William Cook
As stated in the sixth Article of Faith, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church." Therefore, we believe that the same Church that Jesus Christ himself organized while he walked on the Earth was brought again to the Earth in the year 1830 by a prophet of the Lord, Joseph Smith and that church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

William Cook
The prophet of the church is chosen by God himself, through the revelatory process. When a prophet dies, the apostle with the longest tenure as an apostle is called as the new prophet. Therefore, the Lord prepares his prophets long in advance to be in the place they are at the time they are to be called. Show more Show less