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Hi I'm Bill

I grew up on a hog farm in Indiana. I'm a salesman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father and grandpa. The scriptures teach us that men are that they might have joy. 2Nephi 225 For me that joy is in the success of my family. I'm still married to my high school sweetheart. We raised six sons and a daughter. Each one of them bring joy in to our lives on a regular basis. My hobby would be work. I like to work at something all the time. Weather it is fixing a car or a house, or helping others, everything ends up with work. I enjoy the satisfaction of having accomplished something at the end of the day.   

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending various Christian churches. Not long after my wife and I married, two Mormon missionaries knocked on our door. They taught of Jesus Christ. Everything they taught us fit with how I felt Christ would have his church organized. So we joined. Now after more than thirty years that first impression is still true. My wife and I were still teenagers when we married. We did not go to college. As young parents the church gave us guidelines on how to raise our children. With the Lord's help we were able to teach our children correct principles to enable them to be productive adults. Now they have the foundation to build their lives & families upon. The church put importance on getting as much education as was possible. So we taught our children the importance of education. Over the years I have read the Book of Mormon many times. I know of my own experience that it is the word of God. I know that independent of any earthly influence. To deny this knowledge would be to deny who I am. Everything that I am, everything that I've accomplished over the years I owe to my choosing to join this church. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Daily prayer is a key for me. As I take time to converse with the Lord, I receive an assurance that all will be well. Even in tough times, by making time for the Lord, I know I will make it though. Each morning I take time to read my scriptures, while eating my breakfast. As I ponder the lives and events of those who have gone before, I learn keys to make our world a little better place.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Bill
Testimony is that personal knowledge of the gospel. By studying, pondering and praying about a point of doctrine we can come to a knowledge about that point. Over the process of time, as we gain knowledge and understanding of the gospel a testimony will grow. As an example, I have a testimony of modern prophets and apostles at the head of this church. I gained that testimony, by first listening to their teachings, then pondering those teachings. As I did this the Holy Ghost touched my heart and assured me of the truths being taught. On one particular occasion I was listening to President Ezra T. Benson (a now deceased president of the church). He was bearing his testimony of the Book of Mormon. As he did so, my heart swelled and I knew what he was saying was the truth and that I must apply it in my life. As a result of that experience I know that the Lord calls men today to lead his church here on this earth. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bill
The greatest thing about Mormonism, besides the Jesus Christ himself, is that you can learn for yourself of the truthfulness of it. By reading, pondering and praying, the Lord will reveal to you knowledge. The secrets of eternity are there for the humble seeker of truth. Most likely it will not come as a vision from heaven as Joseph Smith had, but it will come as you read and open you heart to understanding. For me it came one day as I was working at a task that did not take much thought. Working away I began to think upon what I had been reading. When I realized I was thinking of the Savior and his life, my soul was filled with joy. The Holy Ghost touched my heart and I knew the things I had been studying were true. Show more Show less