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Hi I'm Bill

I am an outdoor sports enthusiast, I am a businessman, I am a husband and father of five, and I am also a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Scarsdale, New York and loved every part of growing up outside of New York City. My mother was raised Mormon but my father grew up in a very loving and close-knit Jewish family. 10 years after my parents married my father joined the LDS church. I was raised Mormon but relish the diversity in my family and the community in which I grew up. I feel like I have a true appreciation for many faiths and the goodness they bring to their communities and the world. I attended college out West and ever since then, call Utah home. My brothers and I started a clothing and furniture concept named DownEast Outfitters. We currently have over 40 locations in the Intermountain West. I married a wonderful Eastern girl and together we are raising five children. They currently keep us running from event to event but have added dimension and love to our lives that we could never have imagined. We enjoy so many activities as a family including skiing, boating and traveling. Some of my personal interests include skiing, road and mountain biking, golfing, kiteboarding, and water skiing.

Why I am a Mormon

Along with my family, my faith and membership in the Mormon Church are the most important elements in my life. I truly believe that God has a plan and a purpose in our lives. Perhaps the most absurd assertion I can contemplate is that our lives and the world we live in are nothing but a big mistake. There is too much order, meaning and structure in the universe for this to be possible. Beyond that, the love that I feel for my family and from a Father in Heaven is too profound for it be anything but purposeful and directed at me. It gives me the motivation to persevere in this life, to be much better than I would be otherwise and to fulfill a promise that I know to be true, that I can return to live, together with my family in the presence of my heavenly father. I can honestly say that the times in my life when I feel the greatest degree of happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment are when I am following the example of Jesus Christ, applying his teachings and when I am serving other people.

How I live my faith

As a family we have made a concerted effort to align our lives to follow the principles of the Mormon Church. We attend church meetings every Sunday and try our best to maintain the Sabbath Day as a day of rest. We pray daily as a family and try to read from the scriptures regularly to increase our understanding of the Lord's teachings. There are no paid "jobs" in the Mormon Church. It is the membership of the church that keeps it functioning. Each member of a congregation works together to ensure a functioning unit, which we call a "ward". I have had so many different assignments, including working closely with youth groups and other assignments that provide growth opportunities for me and allow me to be a small part of an extended "ward family". I dedicate as much as 10 hours a week fulfilling those assignments and often more time if it is needed. I see that opportunity to serve as a blessing, not a burden.