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Hi I'm Bill

I grew up in southern California. I graduated from UC Berkeley. I'm an Army Engineer, an architect, a dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grews up in southern California in the high desert. When I was a kid our home was surrounded by orange groves and my friends and I got everywhere by bicycle. I was a Boy Scout and loved hiking around the local mountains. I was the youngest so I got away with stuff my older siblings could only dream of. When High School came along my family moved to northern California and I got involved in football, class activities, and the science club (we were called the "Mad Scientists" and learned how to make rockets, explosives, etc. everything a high school student needs to fit in). I went to UC Berkeley and got involved with ROTC, I graduated with a degree in Architecture and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. I also learned to snow ski and scuba dive during my college years. The weekend before I graduated I met this girl at a wedding of a couple of dear friends, she was the Maid of Honor and I was the photographer. She was pretty and mysterious and, as it turned out, living in my home town. Six months later she honored me by becoming my wife. We have four children and my eldest just gave us our first grandchild. My daughters have taken us to New York City and Paris, France and my sons have taken me on 50 mile backpacking trips, 50 mile canoe trips, snow ski trips, and scuba diving trips to the northern California coast and the Florida keys. I'm a licensed Architect and still serve in the US Army Reserve and I'm back at Boy Scouting as an adult leader.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife was raised in the gospel but was not practicing it when we met. Her mother was not excited about her marrying a non-member but we charged ahead anyway. We married in December and moved to Kansas, where I was stationed, in July. We went to church but not religiously and we would only go to an LDS chapel occasionally. After Kansas we returned to California and began raising our family and occasionally going to church. When our eldest was twelve my wife started feeling that the children needed a more structured religious education and we started going to church regularly. We went to the LDS church because that was the church that she was familiar with. When we "returned" to church the Sister Missionaries serving in our ward had been praying for a new family to teach. My wife had newly returned to activity and when the missionaries asked if they could come over and visit with the family my wife felt it was her duty to accept. The missionaries came over frequently and after a couple of weeks began to teach the discussions. When they challenged us to baptism my wife was quite surprised when I accepted along with the children. As we continued the discussions and continued to read the Book of Mormon I prayed daily to know if this gospel was true. It was several weeks before I received my answer but one morning I knelt down to pray and realized I didn't need to ask because I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God. From that knowledge my testimony has grown. Joseph Smith is a prophet for only a prophet could translate the word of God. The Doctrine and Covenants are scripture because they were delivered through God's living prophet. This was the simple beginning of my faith. The Lord has blessed me since that day with some miraculous things. He's spoken to my heart and guided me through some uncertain times. I know that the Lord lives, that he stands at the head of this church, and that this church is true. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm a counselor in the Bishopric of my Ward. The Bishop is the spiritual head of our local congregation and the Ward represents the physical boundaries of our geographic area. I am called to act as the Bishop's assistant and to provide him counsel. My responsibilities include working with our Boy Scout and Cub Scout units. As the Chartered Organization Representative I help coordinate the efforts of the Ward to support the activities of the Scouts. I'm also the Bishopric representative for our Primary (for children under 12 years old) and our Ward music programs both hymns for our various meetings and coordinations of the efforts of our choir. Since our church has a lay ministry our members teach the tenants of the gospel and I'm blessed to share the responsibility to call on members of our congregation to speak in our church meetings. This is frequently a faith strengthening experience as the Lord leads us to call on the right person to speak about a particular topic that we find later was answer to the prayer of someone in the congregation. Frequently I feel like I need to do more, or maybe I need to do something bigger, but in reality it is usually the small mundane service provided for someone that fills the need. It is this kind of service, looking for the opportunity to lift someones burden, if only a little, that provides the most significant help.