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Hi I'm William E. Weatherford

I was born and grew up in rural Central Louisiana, USA. I am a certified public accountant. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in 1955 in Central Louisiana. I graduated high school in 1973 and earned my way through college working for Kansas City Southern Railroad as a carman.I graduated college in 1983 and became a certified public accountant in 1985. I have been a partner in two accounting firms and the chief financial officer for a lumber company. I am now the sole propietor of an accounting firm. I am married with four children and four grandchildren. My favorite hobby is competitive shotgun shooting, especially sporting clays; however I am also very fond of fresh water fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is a Roman Catholic and my father was a Southern Baptist. When Mom and Dad married, Dad had to agree that the children from the marriage would be raised as members of the Catholic Church. I was a happy member of the Catholic Church for many years. In 1975 I married my high school sweetheart, who was also Catholic, and we began a family. During this period, I began to have questions about the authority of the Catholic Church. As I develved into college studies, especially history, I questioned how the leaders of the Catholic Church could be involved in sordid affairs like the inquisition and still have the authority of the preisthood as given Peter by Jesus Christ. In 1983, my first marriage failed and we were divorced. It was soon explained to me that I could not be remarried in the Catholic Church unless the marriage was annulled. Of course there was a fee to be paid for the annullment. That was the end of the Catholic Church for me. As I searched for an earthly companion, I met my eternal companion. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was not really excited about her faith because of my previous experience with the Catholic faith. I was ready not to practice any organized religion rather than participate in one which I believed was incorrect. However, I soon was deeply in love with her and she asked me to meet with the missionaries. I agreed, but I really gave them a hard time. I had extreme difficulty with the Joseph Smith story. I had been taught all my life that there would be no more prophets. In any case, I agreed to attend services with my wife as long as I didn't hear anything contrary to what I knew to be the Word of God. I prayerfully read the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost made it manifest to me that it is the true word of God and that it is another testimony of Jesus Christ. I was baptized a member of the Church and have never regretted that decission for a moment- it is the true Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service to others. I have had many callings ( assignments) in the Church. All have allowed me to serve others while growing spiritually. I especially enjoyed my calling as young men's president which allowed me to work closely with the young men- boy scouts. Trying to help young men develop into faithful, productive adults is both trying and frustrating while at the same time immensely satisfying as you watch their growth. As a member of the Church, I also visit certain members of our congregation on a monthly basis and inquire as to their well being. If they are in need of assistance, I have the opportunity to aid them. If I can not provide the assistance they need, I report to the area leaders of our Church and they see that the needed assistance is provided. In my current calling, I enjoy planning social events for our congregation. Each year we have a crawfish boil, a 4th of July pancake breakfast, a barbeque, a fish fry and a gumbo cookoff. These events give our members an opportunity to be together in a completely social setting, to enjoy each others company and to get to know each other personally. However, I do not limit my service to others to the Church setting. In my profession, I have often been able to provide professional services at no charge to many non-profit or community oriented entities and to individuals in need of help that were unable to pay for those services. One of my favorite things to do, is to give people things that I know they need without being asked. The Lord has seen fit to bless me and my family in what I beleive to be an abundance, and I want to share with my fellow men.