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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a husband, father, business professor, and a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. My wife and I are the parents of six wonderful children. I studied accounting for my undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees; and I now work as an accounting professor. I love teaching; and I love learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Sarasota, Florida. My mother was a Mormon; my father was not. Growing up, I would only go to church occassionally. My mother passed away when I was 9; and my father passed away when I was 11. At that point, I needed to know if the things I had heard at church were true. Over the next several years my understanding of the gospel grew. I read the scriptures and prayed frequently. There were some very hard times; but I found that as I tried to live the gospel, I was happier. This kept me trying. I can give many reasons for why I'm a Mormon. I love the people, I love the teachings, I love the anchor the gospel provides in my life. However, when it comes right down to it, I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it's true. It is the church that Jesus Christ established when He walked the earth; and He is at the head of the church today. Jesus Christ died for me, and for everyone, so that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven. We are all children of God, and He loves us more than we can imagine. Perhaps most importantly, because of Christ's sacrifice, we can change. We can become better than we are today. This, to me, is the good news of the gospel.

How I live my faith

Every week at church we take the sacrament. As part of this ordinance we agree to "always remember" Christ. This can be a very difficult agreement to keep, because everyday life is a constant distraction from what is most important. However, for me, this is the key to living my faith. When I'm remembering Christ, it's harder for me to get upset at the person that just cut me off on my commute to work. When I'm remembering Christ, it's easier for me to take some extra time out of my schedule to help a student in need. When I'm remembering Christ, I'm more aware of ways I can reach out and help a neighbor in need, I find the energy to put in extra effort at work, and I'm a better husband and father. I'm far from where I want to be; but when I'm remembering Christ, I get a little closer.

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Bill
Freedom to choose between right and wrong is one of the core tenets of the gospel. For some, this freedom to choose flies in the face of the church's position on abortion: the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience. However, the key here is that while maintaining the freedom of choice is essential, we do not always have the freedom to choose consequences. If someone chooses to engage in actions that may lead to the conception of a child, they need to face that consequence (whether or not they are prepared for or wanted that consequence). Life is too sacred to end it prematurely because it is inconvenient or unwanted. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Bill
The church invites all of us to change our actions, thoughts, and desires to be in line with God's. Though our sins vary in degree, we are all sinners, and all need to change. Changing actions is usually the easiest step--though it can be very hard. Changing thoughts is even more troublesome. Changing desires is the hardest, and may well be something that we struggle with throughtout life, just as the apostle Paul struggled with the thorn in his flesh continuously. For some, the thorn is anger. For others, impatience. For others, same-sex attraction. Regardless of the form of the sin and whether its source is nurture or nature, we must all strive for change. The church teaches that sexual intimacy should be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. This teaching has its roots in our belief about the nature of God, and the importance of families. Marriage between a man and a woman, with the ability to produce life, is an eternal truth, and can continue after this life. Families, and marriages, that follow the pattern instituted by God, can be together forever. Societal norms constantly change but the sacred nature and eternal potential of families merit efforts to encourage preservation of the traditional family. Show more Show less