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Hi I'm Bill

I have lived my whole life in Southern California, I know the freeways like the back of my hand, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and I have two sons and two daughters. I am a Safety Manager and have been working in the field of Occupational Safety and Health for the last 24 years. I absolutely love College Football, and I enjoy hiking and visiting beautiful wildneress areas such as the National Parks (Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Zions, Bryce Canyon, etc..) I was a Scoutmaster when my sons were teenagers and despite the sleepless nights at Scout Camp and on campouts, I enjoyed camping in beautiful areas (yes, there are some wilderness areas in Southern California). I play the trumpet and I enjoy listening to good orchestras and choirs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family where my parents were very dedicated to serving and helping people. As I grew older I realized that it was a direct result of their Faith in Jesus Christ and what they were taught as they grew up as members of the Mormon Church. My mother was raised in Los Angeles and my father in Mexico in a Mormon community, but despite the cultural differences, both of them have always had a strong belief in Christ. I listened to my parents when I was young and honestly I never really felt a need to rebel against what they taught me. When I graduated from High School, my goal at the time was to serve a mission, graduate from college, and have 6 kids. I did serve as a Missionary in Spain among a people who were predominately Catholic. I learned to love the Catholic people while ins Spain. The time I spent sharing my beliefs among the Spanish people were some of the most memorable and wonderful times in my life. Living what I knew and still know to be true brought me so much happiness that I realized that what I had been taught when I was young really was the real thing. I realized that God loves me, and all of his children on the Earth, regardless of where they live, what they do or do not have, whatever their circumstance, he loves and is aware of everyone one of us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying with my family each day, attending church each Sunday with them, and as often as we can we attending one of the nearby Temples in our area (Newport Beach, Redlands, or Los Angeles). I am able to visit four families every month. Some of them come to church every Sunday, others only occassionally. I enjoy meeting with them and sharing a brief message from our Prophet-Thomas S. Monson or one of the other church leaders. It builds their faith and mine and gives me more hope for the future. I also visit with other members of our congregation and new members. I try to build their faith because I know that if they live the teachings of Jesus Christ it will bring them and their familes much happiness. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be a Mormon and I hope that others will at least listen with an open mind if they have a chance to talk to another Mormon, or at least get to know us. Once they do get to know us I think they will realize that we struggle like everyone else, but that we have hope and faith in Jesus Christ and it is our Faith in Him and His teachings that bring us joy and fullfillment, even during difficult times.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons are taught that everyone is a Child of God, and that being the case, everyone is entitled to his love and care which is most often given by those who serve him, regardless of their faith. We often will volunteer to help perform landscaping projects for local cities which help to bind people to their community and care for the public facilities that we all use. I remember one year when we cleaned up grave stones in a cemetary so that those who visted could read the names. It is one of those tasks that was tedious and somewhat difficult, but something that we felt would mean something to those people who had passed on and especially their families. We have painted fences in our community, constructed walking bridges in county parks, sang to people in retirement homes, and several other activities. During natural disasters we often donate additional funds to our Church which then distributes humanitarian aid in the form of cash and material assistance. After hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters we have often volunteered to assist in clean-up efforts. Show more Show less