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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a husband and a father. I'm an educator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an educator. I have been given the opportunity to learn Spanish and have been able to use that ability to teach healthy lifestyles to those that are wanting to improve their health. I enjoy being outdoors and particularly enjoy sports. I would have to say that I'm probably the biggest football fan around, maybe has something to do with being born 5 minutes before the kickoff of the Super Bowl! I also enjoy music and participated in show choir and musicals during high school. My absolute favorite thing though is just to spend time with my family. Right now my family consists of my wife and I and our 2 dogs (which are just like kids or that's how we see them). We do have family close by and so we spend a lot of time with them just watching movies and playing games or even just sitting around the kitchen table laughing and telling stories.

Why I am a Mormon

Like a lot of Mormons, I was born into the church and come from a long line of Mormon ancestors. Although I grew up knowing about the church and participated in all church activities, I had to go through my own conversion to know about the truths that are found within the church. My conversion started after high school when I traveled with my family to see church history sites. We started in Illinois and worked backwards on the time line until we got to the roots of the church in the latter days. We went to the same place where Joseph Smith was struggling to find what church he should join. We were in the grove of trees where he saw Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It was there that I felt with my whole heart that I knew the church was true and that I needed to go and share that. I still had to work some things out to be able to do that. I took the next year and went to a little junior college in the middle of Utah where I was surrounded by others that helped boost me and lift me up in my preparations. I was finally called to serve a mission and was thrilled to go. It was shortly after that I had another trial of my faith when all the details weren't worked out and I didn't get my mission call until the week before going into the Missionary Training Center. I went to a Spanish speaking country and found it to be quite the challenge to communicate and felt ready to come home. I got a letter from my dad that he shared his testimony and discussed the importance of the mission. It was almost a year into my mission when my mission president shared a lesson of being physically and spiritually born and how we all must be converted. This had quite the impact on me and through the rest of my mission I grew to better understand this. As I shared the gospel I was able to help others find Our Heavenly Father but in the process my true convert to the church was myself. I love the church and know it is true.

How I live my faith

One of the biggest lessons that I've learned through living the teachings of the church is that we are one big family. Sure we have our family units and should always honor, love and respect them. We also have our brothers and sisters throughout the world. My mission showed me a different part of the world and opened my eyes to a much bigger picture. Since that point I have dedicated myself to the service of others. My job has allowed me to help those who are struggling in their health to help them improve their physical health. My calling at church is to teach the 4 year olds in Primary and I appreciate this opportunity to help lay the foundation for their spiritual health. I love the fact too that I have been blessed with physical strength and have been able to use that in our neighborhood when there is someone who needs help moving or even just recently when we had a small case of flooding and being able to pitch in. I appreciate my own family, those I'm directly related to and those family members all over the world.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

One of the best gifts that anyone can receive from the Holy Ghost is just an overall calming feeling when things are right and true. This is something that I've felt several times throughout my life especially when I have felt as though I have reached my personal low. I have learned and continue to be reminded that as we turn to Our Heavenly Father in prayer that he will send us the Holy Ghost to comfort us and give us that reassurance that we need. Show more Show less