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Hi I'm William

I love music, cheesecake, and making random movies. Oh, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a food connoisseur (that's a fancy term for "I'm a guy who loves to eat lots of food") from Eagle, Idaho. Right now, I'm serving a mission in Denver. Yes, I'm one of those "crazy mormons" who rides a bike with a white shirt and tie, and who knocks on peoples doors to tell them about the gospel during those nice Colorado snowstorms. Before my mission, I was a student at Boise State University, and yes I've touched the blue football field. Now you can say you know of a mormon college kid who didn't go to BYU! I'm planning to go into graphic/web design. In high school I played bass and cymbals on the drum line, which was legit! From there I just loved all sorts of music, anything from the classic oldies to modern rock.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the gospel by a loving family, I still have my own kind of "conversion" that took place. A few years ago, one of our previous prophets, Gordon B. Hinckley, invited all of us to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover in about 4-ish months. And me, being the average teenager who doesn't like to read, didn't really follow thru with it until about December - as did a lot of the other youth who didn't really dig the whole reading thing. But I had a great feeling as I finished the last few pages of the book... it was kind of a comforting, warm feeling. And as I took the challenge to pray about it (that's in Moroni 10:3-5) I felt an overwhelming feeling. It was a solid witness that the book was true! And with that witness, I knew that Joseph Smith must have also been a true prophet and that this church is exactly what I needed to find happiness in my life!

How I live my faith

As I've been in the church, I've been involved in lots of things. I've mainly been in the youth group leadership with the young men while in the family wards... But eventually I wanted to try out the singles ward - that's where all the single people who graduated high school go. While there I helped organize some of the church social events and stuff like that.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

William
It's not a requirement to serve a mission, however, our prophets and apostles have highly encouraged us to serve missions whenever we can. Young men aged 19 to 21 are normally the guys you see biking with shirts and ties around town - but they're not required at all to do this. They're not paid, in fact, you have to pay to go on a mission! Women can also serve missions at the age of 21, and senior couples can serve too - but once again, that's not required at all. As for myself I feel like God has given me so much in my life that the least I can do to show my appreciation for that is to serve a mission - right now I'm serving in Colorado, and I couldn't be happier! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

William
In my experience being a Mormon has been pretty cool. We go to church, just like most other Christian faiths, and I read the Bible just like my Christian friends do. But, there's something more... I've seen that our family has been closer together, and instead of siblings fighting, screaming at each other and stuff I've seen peace and cooperation. And I'd have to say that's because the church really focuses on families! We're encouraged (NOT forced) to have family home evenings on Monday nights, to have family scripture study and prayers together. It sounds kind of silly, but I believe each member of our family and together as a whole has seen great blessings from going to church and listening to what our church leaders have asked us to do. It's also pretty cool to have living prophets and apostles just like they did way back when Jesus was on the earth! Show more Show less