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Hi I'm William Jackson.

I'm a Ph.D. candidate studying South Asian history and have lived on five continents. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and the father of three: a girl and two boys, and, together with my faith, they are the major focus in my life--everything else is sideshow. I love books (favorite topics: history, economics, philosophy) and movies (grew up on Indiana Jones..). Currently I am in the final stage in my bid for a Ph.D. in History from my university in upstate New York; my field is Modern South Asia, with minor fields in the history of the British Empire and American History. My dissertation research entails spending two years in India and Pakistan--and this is what I am doing right now, family in tow.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been surrounded by good influences, and for that I am grateful. Even so, as a teenager I was determined to find out for myself if the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ was true. The combination of a thousand different experiences, some dramatic, most not, led me to a point at which I could not deny the truthfulness of the work. I served a two-year mission in Eastern Europe, where my testimony was further strengthened and where I witnessed miracles, both large and small. Getting married in the temple and becoming a father has further blessed my life--and has only added to my conviction that the Gospel has been restored; the Book of Mormon is true; our Father in Heaven works through living prophets; His concern is over all the earth, all peoples, and all nations, through time and space; families are forever; and the combination of truth and love is the greatest power in the universe. We don't always get it right, imperfect as we are, but with patience, faith, and the help of the Spirit I know we can receive understanding from God--and, one day, know the truth of all things.

How I live my faith

I work with the young men in our district (boys between the ages of 12 and 17), teaching them about the Gospel on Sundays and organizing fun recreational activities for them from time to time. I also visit some of the youth who need specific help or support, a particularly rewarding aspect of my calling. In my community, I try to stand as a witness for my Savior in the way that I behave and interact with others.