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Hi I'm Bill

I’m a lucky Husband, a Dad of four, a dotting Grandpa, a retiree, a do-it-yourselfer, a bit of a nerd, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a Husband, Dad and Grandpa and am really loving the last part a lot these days. There is nothing quite like the joy that comes from watching these little ones come into the world and then grow and learn each day. It doesn't hurt that they give you so much love in return. I'm a native Californian rather rare in my generation and have been fully immersed in the beach, sun and surf lifestyle since I was just a kid. I love it here and don't think I will ever move. I was able to serve a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Virginia and North Carolina in the late 60's. It was a great privilege sharing the gospel message with the people there, and I have had a special love and affinity for the people of south ever since. After going to College out-of-State, I was fortunate enough to return to my California roots and find employment in the Aerospace industry where I worked in Information Technology until I retired a few years back. I still love computers and software development and am active in developing financial trading systems and mobile device i.e. smart phone applications. I freely admit to being a bit of a nerd and even consider the title to be a compliment. I was raised to be self-reliant and have spent many nights and weekends fixing things around the house or involved in one home improvement project or another. These days, I'm more apt to be doing something for a friend, neighbor or family member than for at home, but I love putting some of the skills and knowledge learned in the school of hard knocks to work. I particularly like woodworking and have acquired the tools and skills over the years to complete many fun and satisfying projects. I love to walk each day as well as read and lately I have been able to combine the two by listening digitally recorded books on my daily jaunts. I love history and compelling historical figures and you will often find me reading or listening to works on the American Civil War, WWII or other historical events or people.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't believe we are here by chance, but rather are the spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for us. He has given us the gifts of time and choice and it is up to us if we will chose to be obedient to his laws and commandments in the time we have here on earth. Because he loves us, I believe he has blessed us with prophets who can guide us through perilous times today as well as in ancient times. And most important of all, he has given us his son, Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sins when we fall short. How do I know all these things? I have studied them in depth and for me they weave a logical, beautiful and consistent story that informs me why I'm here, what the possibilities are after this life and what I need to do to get there. I also have seen that this is a happy way to live, where the relationships formed with family and friends can transcend this life into the hereafter. But most of all, I know these things are true by the whisperings of the holy spirit which have come in answer to my prayers and I thank God for that knowledge and the peace and joy it brings every day of my life.

How I live my faith

I start each day by asking my Heavenly Father in prayer to give me strength and guidance to be more like him and his son Jesus Christ and I end each day by reporting in on how things went. It all starts at home where I try to set a good example and cherish and love my wife and family. We try to make our home a place of love and peace, a refuge from the world and worldliness. Now that I'm a Grandpa, I also try to influence my grandchildren for good during frequent visits, at important family events and though frequent calls, letters and emails. At Church, we attend worship services each week where I serve as an instructor of some of the Adult Males, trying to help them live their faith better each day. I volunteer to serve in our local Temple each week where I help church members who come there to perform sacred ordinances on behalf of their ancestors. I'm also privileged to have several families in our congregation that I watch over in a special way to assure that there spiritual and physical needs are being met. We also try to serve worthy causes in our community including development and renewal projects as well as disaster relief efforts. To the extent our means allow, we financially support families in need as well as humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.