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Hi I'm Bill Griffioen

I grew up in Michigan and settled in Ohio as a symphony musician and business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 69 year-old husband, father of 7, and grandfather of 26. I played principal horn in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, but musician pay became inadequate as my family grew so I went into business for myself as an insurance agent. At age 50 I began playing bad golf quickly, and I have also rediscovered how much I love to go fishing. I still have a love for orchestral music, particularly the music of the late 19th early 20th centuries including such composers as Mahler, Sibelius, Nielsen, Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky, and others.

Why I am a Mormon

Two young men knocked at my door on a cold Saturday morning. I knew nothing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I had heard of Mormons from my 9th grade history classes. My wife and I listened to their messages, and we accepted thier challenge to fast and pray so as to be able to discern between truth and error as to whether or not the Book of Mormon is the word of God. We already knew that Jesus is the Christ, and we received confirmation that the Book of Mormon is an additional witness of His divinity. The "plain and simple truths" that have been restored to the earth by Jesus Christ himself bring understanding, peace,and joy. The doctrine of eternal families along with many other doctrines or teachings are the reason I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I strive to live a wholesome and honorable life. The teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provide the path on which to run. My family and friends and most of the people I know are aware that I am a member of the Church. They know that the Lord's teachings are my favorite topic, that I am available to discuss insights, understandings and questions any time, and that I will keep my faith to myself once I have made it known.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Bill Griffioen
We can obey His commandments. Faith in part is an "action" word. Belief + Works = Faith. One of my daughters taught me that. For example, if one believes in keeping the sabbath day holy, one goes to church and does other "spiritually minded" kinds of things to "set the day apart" from the six other days of the week. This pattern of "work" in keeping the sabbath day holy increases one's faith in Jesus Christ. Just think of the various commandments the Lord has given, "act" on them (obey), and our faith in Jesus Christ will grow. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Bill Griffioen
In contrast to over 2600 pages of IRS law that finances the U.S government, the Church calls upon its members to obey the Old Testament commandment in Malachi...to pay a tithe. It is simple and short. Those who obey the law receive blessings. The Church operates financially from the tithes of its members. As a convert to the Church, one thing that appealed to me is that the Church has a "lay" ministry, which means that tithes pay for things like the buildings in which we worship, temples, and other such things that further the work of the Lord. Show more Show less