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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Idaho but have spent most of my life as a Californian and I love it here

About Me

I don't think of myself as being older. I'm not so upset these days when I jerk a dry-fly out of a big trout’s mouth as I once was. I'm pleasantly surprised when I don't have to have to pay regular prices at the movie theater. And I look at my wife and say to myself -- you lucky dog. Boy, am I blessed to have someone who loves me so tenderly and really wants me forever. My life has been wonderful and the future promises joy, happiness, mixed with a little mystery and excitement just for fun. I'm truly a lucky man.

Why I am a Mormon

That is a really good question. When I was 16 years old I remember answering my father question, when he asked why I wasn't coming to Church with the rest of the family by saying that "I wished -- I wished -- the gospel was true but I just didn’t." It was a simple, heartfelt and truthful answer. Knowing the Church of Jesus Christ is true does not come as a birth right. Young people born as Mormons rarely have opportunity or life experiences to adequately compare the teachings they have learned at their mother's knee with the philosophies and beliefs outside of their families and Mormon Church affiliations. For me it was not so much a question of disbelief as it was a question of experience in what the alternatives might be and a failure to recognize the spiritual experiences and promptings from God that I already had had in my youth. At the time of my father’s question I was having too much just fun being a teenager, doing the things that teenagers think are exciting. Socially, I had attended church meetings of other faiths with some of my non-Mormon friend’s. Those meetings seemed basically okay but to me they felt a little cold and foreign in nature, there was something missing. The Scriptures refer to it when speaking about churches other than God’s own, “they have the appearance of godliness but denying the power thereof”. That was it; I did not feel the power of God while I was in those churches, a feeling that I had grown accustomed to in the church of my youth. Why am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because the power of God manifests itself in every aspect of His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I feel it every day of my life. Two-way Communication with a God is the most important thing in my life. I know that He knows me and loves me dearly. I know he wants me, as any loving father does, to do the right things and to love Him. I believe he wants to be with me and I know I need to feel his tender arms around me protecting me and encouraging me. This is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love genealogy. In our local congregation I teach classes on genealogy and Family History work weekly. Three evenings each month I supervise the Family History Research work that is done in our buildings library at the Church. I sing tenor in the Church choir. Another man who is ordained as I am to the priesthood, and I visit the homes of several members of our congregation at least once a month to see how they are doing. If there is illness in their home they might call us to come as official representatives of the Lord to give them a blessing of healing. I have done this many time in my life with remarkable results. More than likely they might ask us to help them move a piece of furniture but we're ready if they need us to help spiritually as well. . My wife and I work in the Mormon Temple as ordinance workers. Once a week for 6 hours in the evening we help members who come to the Temple to perform ordinances like marriages and baptisms for those who have passed on. We believe that we will be together as families after this life and so we're just taking care of the unfinished paperwork by performing the important ordinances for our loved ones.