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Hi I'm William

I am a teacher, a retired media professional, a father, grandfather, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Though my real name is William, most people know me as Bill. I was born during the second world war. I grew up in small towns. I served 8 years in the U.S. Army national guard 14 months of which was active duty during our unit's call-up during the Berlin Crisis. I was a missionary for my church for two years. I graduated from a large university and worked as a religious educator for 15 years. For the next 24 years I wrote and produced audio and visual media. I love to fish, hike, golf, read, work with wood and grow garden vegetables. I come from a family of 6 children, all boys. I have been married for 48 years, have 6 children and 16 grandchildren. My family and their well being is the most important thing in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were Mormons. My father joined when he was in his early twenties. My mother was born to parents who were members of the faith. As a young person, particularly when I left home for service in the military, I had to choose whether to follow the faith of my parents or reject it. Through personal prayer and reading the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, I received strong feelings deep within my soul that by keeping the commandments of God and doing what I had been taught by my parents would lead to happiness. That has proven to be true. I now look back over my life with great satisfaction. I have been blessed beyond measure and feel fulfilled by my service in the community and my church. 

How I live my faith

Much of my work in my faith has been involved with the youth serving over 20 years as an advisor to very active 12-18 year old boys. We went on over night camping trips every month of the year in all kinds of weather. Each year we went on week long camps to earn boy scout advancements and have fun. I remember one trip when I was working with an inner city group of boys where one little guy came with inadequate sleeping gear and woke me up in the middle of the night shivering with cold. Together we got to stay up the rest of the night tending the fire. For 15 years I served as a ward Bishop (pastor of a congregation of 400 members) and as a Stake President (spiritual leader over 8 bishops and 8 congregations.) I now serve as a mission president with the responsibilty to care for about 170 19-22 year old missionaries. I have been true and faithful to my wife and family.

What is being a Mormon like?

I work, I love, I play, I laugh, and I live like others. I think that I am ordinary person, but because of my faith, I know that my life has a purpose. I know what happens at death. I know that when loved ones die I will be able to associate with them again. Because I am now more near the end of life than the beginning I know that life is short. I am grateful that I feel my life has been of value and worth and that I have made a contribution to the happiness of others. Show more Show less