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Hi I'm William Marlan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello- I'm Bill and I enjoy the simple things of life, I find a slower pace more my style. Growing up as an only child I spent a lot of time with my parents and maternal grandparents, from whom I learned much about life and spiritual matters at an early age. I have always found fulfillment in learning of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Growing up in West Virginia where the Mormon Church was not well established, provided a chance for me to see diverse ways of religion and decide early how I wanted to live. I choose to always be active with my membership in the Church. In my teen years I was one of only a few members of the church in my schools which always afforded me a chance to explain my standards and more of the basics of the church, at a time when far less was commonly known about the church than exists today. Eventually I chose to serve a two year proselyting mission for the Church, accepting the invitation to live in South Africa and Rhodesia in order to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with many wonderful people there. Currently I enjoy my life with my wonderful wife, of 32 years, our four daughters, sons-in-laws and several grandchildren. To keep my days full, I am an account manager for industrial equipment sales and enjoy serving my customer’s needs. Some of my greatest joys come in seeing my family actively involved in living the teachings of Jesus Christ. When I have spare minute, I like to vegetable gardening and do some woodturning.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to follow Christ and be a part of the same Church that Jesus established when he walked the earth. I know for myself that as I have asked for answers to my prayers and have studied the teachings of the Mormon faith, it has been revealed to me that the Church that Jesus established is now restored to the earth in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How do yoj know, you may ask? That's the amazing and wonderful part; God will tell you. By the Holy Spirit, it can be revealed to you, softly, tenderly you may feel it. In the epistle of James 1:5 we read that if we ask with faith then we my know of ourselves. It tells us that if we lack wisdom to ask in prayer and we can know. I have done this, and it has been revealed to me that the Lords' complete and glorious Gospel is restored today to the earth once again. You can know too. Pray and ask.

How I live my faith

I have always felt that to live my faith, is to have it be the fabric of which by life is made. I strive to incorporate and weave into my life, the teachings of the Gospel of Christ in order to have it be who I am. I work on different character traits and qualities that Jesus taught and see improvement in myself over the years. But I what realize most it that without Christ in my life I could do nothing good and substantively positive; He makes the difference. Studying in the scriptures and daily prayer help me to live my faith and brings me closer to God. I seek the Holy Spirit to help me know the correct choices that I should make about things that impact my life. I believe that the teachings of the scriptures are real and that the accounts that are shared actually happened and that they help me have an example to follow in my life. As I go through my life I have many challenges, happy times, concerns, joys, disappointments and much happiness. By living my faith in the activities of my days, it helps me to cope with all of the emotions I feel and experiences that I have. As a husband, parent, grandparent, son, family member, friend, employee or volunteer I strive to do the best I can to be a witness of Jesus Christ. I try to be real, to laugh, have fun, be happy, and be genuine. I do enjoy giving service to others and have been a part of Cub and Boy Scouting, teacher of youth and lay leadership in the Church. Service to others, I was once taught, is the “leg-work” of Charity, which is the pure love of Christ. I try to be of service whenever possible. I so enjoy living my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.