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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a Mormon. I am a husband, father and grandpa. I love music and chinese food.

About Me

I am a father and grandpa, and I have spent my life working with computers and computer software in one form or another. During my career I have had the opportunity to travel to many places, near and far, and to get to know many people. During my life I have developed a great love for music. I enjoy many kinds - classical, the "oldies", religious, choir, orchestral, some opera (but a little opera goes a long way with me); but my favorite is to listen to the power or whisper of a beautiful pipe organ. I became fascinated with the organ as a young boy, watching the organist for our congregation play the pedals with her feet. At about age 14 I had the opportunity to study organ playing with two of the Mormon Tabernacle organists. I was hooked. I have enjoyed playing the organ for congregations for about 50 years. A favorite pastime for me is to lock myself in a chapel alone and to learn a new piece of music. I may never get a chance to play the piece for anyone else, but it still brings me satisfaction to enjoy the compositional talent of others. I'll never be a paid musician, but that does not matter. I have discovered that music has great power to affect my mood, and the mood of others as well. It is a powerful language that can be understood and felt by everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and so I was taught early in my life about the restoration to the earth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew up, I had good friends who had similar values and goals, and we helped each other to live as the church taught us that we should live. Great friends have become a lifelong treasure for me. At about age 18, as I was preparing to serve as a full-time missionary for the church, I joined the Army reserve and went away to basic and advanced training in California. This provided for me an opportunity to be away from my family and surroundings, and to explore my own personal feeling about what I had been taught about life, and the teachings of the Church. I became good friends with a man who belonged to another faith. We had many discussions about his church and beliefs, and about mine as well. These discussions provided an opportunity for me to really solidify my feelings about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I took serious time to reflect upon my feelings and testimony of Joseph Smith, the visitation of the Father and the Son to him, the restoration of God's Priesthood authority to the earth, the opportunity to be sealed to one whom I would choose to be my wife for all eternity, and many other things. During this time in my life, I took Moroni's challenge in the Book of Mormon to ask God if the book and it's teachings were true. The net result of all of these experiences was a sacred and personal confirmation that God does live, He knows me and loves me as his son, God and Jesus Christ did visit the boy Joseph Smith as he said they did, and the Priesthood authority of God was restored to the earth as recorded by Joseph Smith. I know that it is possible for me to return to live with my Heavenly Father, together with my wife and family, if I, throughout my life on earth, strive to live as I know that I should, be honest and faithful, seek for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, and sincerely repent of mistakes and missteps. This quiet and personal knowledge and testimony is a precious treasure to me. It provides a valuable perspective for me during times of life's challenges and bumps. The never failing "polar star" of how to live and find peace and joy, now and forever, is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This I know to be true.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity during my life to work in the church as a leader and teacher of youth and adults. I have taught Sunday School classes, played the organ for worship services, organized special events for youth and others, and have been called to lead a congregation. As a young man, I served a voluntary 2 year mission to Ireland. I am currently serving as a leader of adult men, and assisting them in their responsibility to home teach and watch out for other families in the ward.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bill
During the earthly ministry of Jesus, He taught His gospel to the people. He also called and ordained apostles, and sent them out into the world to spread the good news of Jesus' message. The practical reality was that even Jesus himself could not personally teach and touch each person on earth. Inspite of today's technology, that reality continues now. Though technology can make the message of the restoration available to a large number of earth's inhabitants, there comes a time when a personal experience is needed, person to person, when questions are answered, when prayers are offered, when hymns are sung, when testimonies are shared, and when ordinances are performed. The Mormon missionaries are called to teach and testify personally to all who are willing to listen. They each have a testimony of the truth of the message that they bring, and are devoted to sharing that sacred message with one and all. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Bill
Mormons are really members of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". They come by the name of Mormon because of the Book of Mormon, a book containing the record of a people who lived in the Americas from 600 BC to 421 AD. One of the last people to write in this record was a man named Mormon. Because of his work to collect and condense all of the previous records, the book bares his name - the Book of Mormon. We as members of the Mormon church believe that all who live on the earth are spiritual children of God, our Heavenly Father, and as such, we are really brothers and sisters in a very real way. We believe that we are here on the earth to gain a physical body, to have experiences that will give us opportunities to demonstrate our faithfulness during good times and bad, and to receive ordinances that will open the door to eternal growth and increase. We believe that all of the commandments of God are to be kept, including the 10 Commandments. We believe that a person should develop personal integrity, live honestly, be chaste, worthily make covenants with God, attend worship services regularly, and look for ways to lift the burden of others. Together we are brothers and sisters who are yet imperfect, but are striving to remain faithful and true to the teaching and commandments of God while living away from Him on this earth. We know that when we die and leave this earthly body behind, that our spirit body, that once lived in God's presence, will return to Him, and that there we will be judged to determine our eternal possibilities going forward. We believe that all men and women will be resurrected, regardless of decisions made on earth, but that those judged to have been worthy and prepared will be provided opportunities for eternal progress. Show more Show less