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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a doctor, trained in the US Navy, father of 4 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 48 years old, a Family Physician and very happily married now for 26 years with 4 daughters ages 16 to 25 and now 2 grand children. My biggest hobbies are the Weather (especially tracking Hurricanes since I grew up and now live back in Florida) and distance running. I was in the US Navy for 14 years where I went to Medical School, Residency and served from Pensacola to Iceland. I got out 10 years ago and am now in a group practice in North Florida.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother's side of the family has members of our church for 3 generations before her. This is very unusual for the Southern US. My father joined the church after he met my mother. However, as for all of us born in the church, I had to find out for myself that the church is true. I had the advantage of learning all the information over the years of my childhood, but ultimately, you have to know if it is true. As much as I love my parents, they could be mistaken and believe something that is untrue. I've taken the challenge from the Book of Mormon -- I've read it, pondered it, and asked my Heavenly Father if it is true. The Spirit confirmed to me it is the Word of God. That was nearly 30 years ago. I remember the feeling and the clarity of thought even now. We learn by repetition. This is certainly true in the practice of Medicine. Not only does repetition teach us but it assures us that we are on the right track when we get the same answer over and over again. It is no less true of things that are Spiritual. I have had confirmation from the Lord, more times than I can even count, that this is the Lord's church, restored back to the earth in the latter days. That same Spirit has touched me and guided me, and testified to me countless times. I know the truthfulness of this church more than I know anything else in my education or career. Finally, I have to agree with my Dad. He always says "you know...the best thing about the gospel is - it works." In this day and time of upheaval, man made and natural, it is a great comfort to know there is a prophet of God who lives and communicates with the Savior Jesus Christ who leads this church. He gives us counsel to help us make good choices. Furthermore, it is a gift more priceless than gold to have the Truth, to know it for certain, to understand the reason we are on this Earth and to know what awaits us. I can teach it to my children and grand children. After all, the most important thing is to have all of us live in such a way that we can live with our Heavenly Father in his Kingdom after this life. I can think of nothing more precious than to live eternally with my Heavenly Father with my Family by my side. Truly that would define Heaven.

How I live my faith

One of the things about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that you understand your relationship with Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. You understand why you are here on the earth. What follows this understanding is a change - you no longer just go to church but you become one of the Saints - one who has entered into a covenant to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is more than just attendance at meetings. It is the way you live. Of course it is a process. Over the years I have come to understand more and more and that gives me a desire to do more for my Savior and for my Father in Heaven. I see those around me as His children. I have a desire to serve them. One of the great things about the Church is it gives you opportunities to serve. Most of us need direction. The Church is organized to give that direction. We each have callings - callings that come from the Lord through his servants - who in turn were called of the Lord through others serving in their callings. We understand that these callings come from the Lord which is exciting because we know by doing this work, we are doing what the Lord would have us do. I have been in positions to extend these callings to others. I have felt that inspiration that comes as I ask the Lord to help me know who to put in that responsibility. I can tell you that these callings come from the Lord. Callings are vast in their variety. You are in callings for a limited amount of time then you get a new calling. I have served as Basketball coach for the youth, Scout Master, Sunday School Teacher for 7 year olds and Secretary for the Young Men's organization. I have also served as in Leadership callings both at the Local Congregation level and on the next level up where we provided guidance and assistance to the leadership of multiple local congregations. It gave me an opportunity to see a little bit bigger picture. But no matter what the calling is, there is joy in service. You are serving others no matter what calling you have. And no matter what the Lord asks you to do, he doesn't leave you to flounder. As you strive to do your best and you ask Him for help, He always helps you accomplish what He needs done. You look back and realize that you did more good than you could have done on your own. It builds your confidence, not just in yourself, but more so in the fact that with the Lord, you can do anything.