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Hi I'm Bill

I have a degree in Electronic Engineering. I like Indie rock, computer programming, and Physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently work as a Software Developer. I have also worked in manufacturing sectors for Air Conditioning and Automotive technology. I am a Digital Signal Processing enthusiast, and also enjoy Statistical Process Control disciplines. In my free time, I also run a startup publishing company, I am a hobbyist musician, I do remixes, I've hosted many small rock concerts, have played in dozens of bands, and co-owned a record label in the 90's. Oh yeah, I was also in a Vampire B-movie in the 80's.

Why I am a Mormon

Because in my mid-twenties, I had a significant spiritual experience and witness that confirmed to me the reality of God, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Since that time, I've made a lot of changes in my life to live according to the church's teachings and standards, and I've been a lot happier and more successful in my endeavors. I'm also proud to be associated with such great people, serve them, and be served by them. I believe that Jesus is the Christ. I believe that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I believe that the Book of Mormon is a true record, and I believe that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a leader for our Young Men's group and take part in our Scouting organization and chapter, counseling for Merit Badge workshops and such. I have served in various leadership callings, but mostly I've served as a teacher of gospel doctrine, and have served in such callings consistently for the past 12 years, teaching all age ranges from small children to men twice my senior. I have also served in the Chicago Temple with my wife.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Bill
Because not all men (in all times and areas in the history of the world) have had the privilege of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, accepting it, and being baptized by a priesthood bearer in their lifetimes. God is a just God, and loves all of His children equally and has provided a way that they and their lineage might also be saved with their descendants who have accepted the gospel. 1 Cor. 15: 29 "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Bill
To help people recover from some crisis that has prevented their head of household from being able to provide. The assistance is only meant to last for a short time period frame during the family's recovery. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Bill
Not all Mormons are allowed in temples, because the privilege of Temple attendance requires that you are a member in good standing, that you are strict in keeping the commandments of God, that you are a full tithe payer, that you are honest in your business dealings, and you are faithful in the support of your family. The purpose of the Temple is to be a Holy place set apart for the performance of saving ordinances, similar to baptism and marriage, for those living and for those deceased (done by proxy). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Bill
We concur with the scriptures that faith without works is dead-- that we will be judged by our works done in this life, but that it is by grace that we are saved. All men are in need of Christ's Atonement through His Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Bill
Yes. God's pattern for revelation to man has not changed since Old Testament times. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Bill
Because "Eternal Life" simply means to a live forever in the presence of God. We believe all mankind will be raised from the dead and will live forever in the afterlife. This is defined as immortality, which is different from Eternal Life, because not all mankind will able, or willing to live in God's presence. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Bill
By keeping His commandments continually, by studying His teachings in the Holy Scriptures, and by sincere prayer to Heavenly Father with the desire to believe in Him and follow His example. Christ has said plainly that by obeying God's commandments, we can know for ourselves that the commandment is from God, and not a commandment of men. This is a pattern for reinforcing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7: 17) Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Bill
Just like being a member of any other denomination, except you will have a lot more answers to your doctrinal questions, and have a lot more opportunities to serve other people. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Bill
The Apostle that has served the longest in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles becomes the new prophet once the current prophet passes away. Every prophet from Brigham Young on has been called in this manner. The necessary Priesthood Authority to run the church and receive revelation for it (the *Keys*) are given by a Priesthood Ordination by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Show more Show less