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Hi I'm Willie

I grew up in Liberty, Missouri. I am a mechanical engineering student. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I married my wife in May of 2008. Over a year later, we had our first son. I'm hoping to graduate from college soon. My major is mechanical engineering and my minor is mathematics. In my increasingly spare spare time I enjoy baseball, reading the news, and spending time with family. Computer animation has also become a recent hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I'll start out by saying that I have been a Mormon all my life. I have been blessed with good parents that taught me early in life the importance of church and God. But, as many teenagers do, I came to a point in my life when I had to decide for myself what path I would take in life. I began to sincerely and objectively search for truth. In my search, I found that prayer was one of the most effective ways I could learn God's will. I pondered and prayed daily and I often felt God's influence guiding me. One night, as I prayed by my bedside, I asked my Father in heaven if the Book of Mormon is true and if this church is true. Just then, the Spirit of God, very strongly and very peacefully, prompted me to ask myself whether it was true. As I pondered this response, I realized that I am, largely, a product of this church and the principles it teaches. And I am, in fact, very happy with my life. I have gained purpose, direction and divine knowledge from the Book of Mormon. What more could I ask for? It was then that I decided to continue on my path and embrace my religion for myself and not for my parents or anyone else. I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ. Many years have gone by since those teenage years and I have regularly felt God's loving guidance. I don't claim to know everything (or even a whole lot), but I know that God loves each and every one of his children on an individual basis. This is what years of faith in Christ has taught me.

How I live my faith

My current calling in the church is as a coordinator of sorts. I head a small committee called the "needs committee". Under the direction of our local leaders we organize activities regarding self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness. We also find members in our ward who have special skills (like fixing cars, home maintenance, etc.) who can help those who have needs in those areas. I have really learned a lot serving alongside so many good people willing to share their knowledge and talents. The church's focus on what we call "Provident living" has really strengthened my testimony. It is a divine work and I am grateful to be involved in it. From November 2004 through November 2006 I lived in the Philippines and served as a full-time missionary for the church. It was a fantastic experience sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with my Filipino brothers and sisters! Mahal ko kayong lahat!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Willie
Simply put, a "testimony" is a personal belief in something. It is obtained through experience, prayer, and the Holy Ghost. Mormons often "bear testimony" when sharing personal stories about their faith. That just means that they are sharing their personal convictions. Having a strong testimony is important when life brings us trials. It helps us stick to certain true principles, even when it is hard. Show more Show less