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Hi I'm Billy

I grew up in Hyrum, Utah. I am married with 8 children. I now work in the mental health field in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like history, mostly local. When I lived in Cache Valley I enjoyed the pioneer history in the area. Now I enjoy learning about California Mormon history. I am also studying and reading about the handcart pioneers. I am currently writing the history of my great-great grandfather who was part of the Martin Handcart Company. I also like writing music and performing music. My greatest joy in life comes from my family. I have been married for 28 years. We have eight children, one in heaven, six birth children, and in our old age we have adopted our youngest. He really keeps us young, and laughing. He and I make it a point to go to the park often.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon Church, but that is not why I am a Mormon. As a young man I did a great deal of thinking, praying and pondering. Then like many I had that experience, where the spirit witnessed to me that God lives, Jesus is the Christ and that the church was reorganized through Joseph Smith. I have not doubted that testimony.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by doing my best to keep the commandments and to live a good life. I try to share my testimony with others through word, singing and blogging. I am now teaching on Sundays, and have more chances to share my testimony. The leader of our local congregation has challenged us to invite others to listen to the missionaries, and I take that challenge seriously. Last month we had the Spanish speaking missionaries in our home, teaching our foreign exchange student.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe family relationships can continue forever. Marriage ceremonies are performed with sealing authority in the temples forever rather "until death do us part." Our first son was stillborn, but because we were sealed in the temple, we will have the opportunity to meat him. We took our adopted son to the temple, where he was sealed to us forever. Show more Show less