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Hi I'm Bill

I grew up in Hawaii, taught college in Malaysia, surf, have 5 kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy going on boy scout campouts with my sons, surfing, snowboarding, riding go-karts, motorcycles, and boats and spending time with my family. I've been a seeker of truth from when I was in high school. My search has led me to investigate many religions and teachings including Advaita Vedanta which I studied in Sanskrit under a traditional teacher for 30 months. I've received a Ph.D. in the management of Information Systems and work as a Chief Information Officer in a college. I have five wonderful children and a beautiful, loving wife.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I began searching for truth. It led me to study several religions, philosophies and teachings. Along the way I found answers to many of my questions through the teachings of Vedanta. However, I still felt something was missing, not in my mind, but in my heart. Later, through prayer, I came to understand that Jesus Christ was truly my savior. So I started reading the bible everyday and started looking for a church whose teachings I could honestly agree with. I studied the 7th Day Adventist, Baptist, Lutheran, Mormon, and Catholic Christian faiths. I wanted to know from GOD not the missionaries or church members, that as a follower of Jesus Christ, which church HE wanted me to join. For me, the decision was narrowed down to the Catholic faith and the “Mormon” or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Catholic faith claimed to have an unbroken chain of teachers/priests going back to Jesus Christ. I liked that, since I wanted to follow Jesus Christ through his authorized servants. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints claimed there had been an apostasy and that many of the truths and teachings had been lost through the ages. As a result there was a need for a “restoration”. This restoration began according to the latter day saints, through a heavenly vision that Joseph Smith received when praying in a grove of trees in Upstate New York in the early 1800s and culminated in the restoration of Jesus Christ’s priesthood authority to the leaders of the church. When I prayed about which of these two churches I should join, the answer I received from God was that I should be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That is why I am a “Mormon” -- a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Our family starts each day reading the scriptures to anchor their principles in our minds so we can face life’s challenges happily. I try my best to be honest in my dealings with my fellow men. I attend Church each Sunday, and try to follow the 10 commandments and other principles found in the scriptures and the words of the living prophets. I do my best to serve in the church and try to share the gospel with sincere seekers I meet as I live my life. I try to be kind to people and treat them the way I want to be treated. Finally, I try to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit as I live my life each day. Sometimes this involves putting people before projects and plans. Being a latter day saint is a lot of fun. I go on campouts with the boy scouts, which sometimes include shooting rockets, rock climbing, and a host of other adventures. I work with people from all walks of life in a selfless effort that has their highest good as its aim. My children have been blessed with a myriad of uplifting, wholesome, and fun activities provided by the youth programs in this church. I’m committed to my wife and children and honor the covenant of marriage. Having a stable family life is a great blessing that I cherish. We enjoy the life God has given us and are grateful to HIM for all our talents and gifts.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is one of service, love, family, hard work, and fun. We don't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or marijuana, or take illegal drugs. We try to make good choices that line up with the teachings found in the scriptures and commandments of God. In return we feel the presence of the Holy Ghost in our lives that helps us to make decisions and find lasting happiness. In short, we try to live the Golden Rule, and trust in Jesus Christ. We also love our families and have a church family wherever we go in the world. It is a family that transcends cultures and languages. It is the family of people that believe in Jesus Christ and the restoration of HIS gospel upon the earth today. Show more Show less