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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a Mormon. I live in Utah and teach at Brigham Young University. The important things in my life are my wife and children.

About Me

I love life. The most important things in my life center around my family. I have 4 grown children, three of which are married and graduated from college, and the fourth is still in college. I enjoy the outdoors and doing things with my wife. We like to ride bicycles together. I teach at Brigham Young University.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and grew up participating in the church. I was baptized when I was 8 years old; but it wasn't until I was a teenager that I was converted and gained my deep abiding faith that is the foundation of my life and my membership in the Mormon church. There are 2 main reasons why I remain a member of this church. The first is what I call spiritual, and the second is what I call social. The first and most important is that since I have been a teenager, I have called upon God in prayer for faith, and He has answered my prayers by giving me spiritual feelings through the Holy Ghost that have confirmed to me beyond doubt that God lives, he knows me, and he loves me. I have also received a witness through the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was God's prophet who restored His church to the earth, along with the authority to act in God's name in directing that church and administering the ordinances of baptism and marriage to the members of the church that allow them to repent and return to God's presence after this life. My knowledge of spiritual things through the Holy Ghost is much greater than I have room here to write. On the social and intellectual side I see that the Mormon Church has brought happiness into my life and to my family as I live by the teachings of Jesus Christ. It has brought me my happy marriage and family, and has helped me through many challenges in life. I also enjoy serving others through my participation in the lay ministry of the church. I have been able to avoid troubles and addictions that plague some others who do not have the direction of the Church in their lives. The social, intellectual and physical aspects of my life would be less fulfilled without the Church.

How I live my faith

The first and most important aspect of how I life my faith is my personal relationship that I try to nurture with God each day. I arise early in the morning and always pray to thank God and ask for help and guidance during the day. Then I read scriptures and contemplate on what they mean to me and how to apply them in my life. Also in my morning study I read other uplifting and spiritual materials such as speeches and lessons. Sometimes I study to prepare to speak in Church. I have done this morning personal devotional for 35 years and it has blessed my life. I live my faith by how I try to interact with others. I pray for kindness, patience and charity, and then I try to apply that daily in my interactions with others. One of the most important aspects of my life is my marriage and love of my wonderful wife. When I come home from work we have supper together and then often do things together. We rarely watch television at home, but we enjoy biking together and attending movies and plays. We enjoy just sitting in the same room together while we read or converse. Our children are grown and have moved out of the house, so it is less busy than it once was. We pray together at meals, and we kneel together at night before we go to bed and pray together. I have a wonderful occupation of teaching college-age students at Brigham Young University, which keeps me busy more than 5 days a week. On Wednesday nights, my wife and I both go to the youth activities at our church building and assist as adult leaders and teachers. On Saturdays I try to spend more time doing the little things to keep the home and yard nice. Sundays are a special day of worship and service for me. In addition to my morning personal devotional I attend church with my wife. I have an assignment as a lay minister to work with the teenage boys of my congregation. After our sacrament meeting at church, I attend their youth meetings with them.