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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a Mormon, a convert to the church and I invite you to learn about the church.

About Me

I converted to the church when I was 18 years old. I grew up in a small town in Utah with much diversity in culture and religion. I have always enjoyed sports and have tried to stay involved with my 6 children and their activities. I am married to a wonderful woman from Tahiti whom I met while serving as a missionary. We now have 9 grand children with another on the way and we enjoy watching them participate in their many activities. One of the best things is being able to interact with our kids and grandchildren through the technology of communication and the internet. I enjoy being with people and helping others. I have been a fireman and worked with an emergency rescue squad. One of my motto's is "Life is intended to be enjoyed not just endured" as told by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church after being very active and faithful in another religion. I am grateful for the wonderful things I learned from that faith and more importantly from my parents, especially my mother. Because of my activity in church as a youth I was more open and excited when I heard the doctrine taught in the Mormon faith. Most of all, when I first heard of the Plan of Salvation as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I was immediately impressed of the truthfulness of the principle taught. I was impressed with the reality that we are all literally children of God, our Father in Heaven, and that His plan for us is essential to understand and to follow His ways. My faith in His Son Jesus Christ has grown into a sure testimony of His divinity and His role as Savior and Redeemer. He is the only Way and has provided that I, along with all of God's children, may make my way back to Father. I read the Book of Mormon and continue to do regularly and each time I do so I receive a witness of it's truthfulness. I am grateful for an additional witness of Jesus Christ and for additional inspired revelations which make more clear what I must do in this mortal life to be able to have eternal life. I have also found a great sociality in the LDS church. My family has greatly benefited by the relationships they have built with other members and families. The influence of those relationships have helped create a foundation of faith and hope in a brighter future regardless of the trials and adversities we must endure. Perhaps most of all I know that the restoration of the gospel, in its fullness, especially the Gift of the Holy Ghost, is a reality and I have been the recipient of countless blessings because of the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in my life.

How I live my faith

I learned early on after joining the LDS church that service is not only a requirement but a way of life. My family strives to live our faith through callings in the church as well as being anxiously engaged voluntarily in service to others, both member and non-member. We are encouraged to be active in both the church and community. Throughout my years as a member of the church I have had the great opportunity to serve in many and various positions, both as leader and follower. I have observed that by living the Gospel my faith grows as does my understanding of what Christ taught during His ministry. I have had the opportunity to serve as a full time missionary and have enjoyed continuing missionary activity even after my release as a full time missionary. My family has enjoyed the sharing of the gospel with many friends and acquaintances who have also felt impressed to join the church through baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. I cannot imagine being a Mormon and not living my faith.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Bill
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less