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Hi I'm William

I was born and raised in Texas, served in the United States Air Force and Army, and I joined the Church at the age of 39.

About Me

I am just your average guy trying to make it through life on the positive side of things. I was born and raised in Texas. I know that our Heavenly Father lives and that Jesus Christ died for our sins. He was then resurrected and still lives today. I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. I know that we are all unique people with our own ideas, thoughts, and dreams. I also know that one persons rights end where another persons begins. It is not the prerogative of the majority to step on the rights of the minority. I have a wonderful and supportive family. I have wonderful parents who have always guided me, yet also supported me in my own decisions. I have fantastic siblings who bring more joy than frustration to my life, and I have several nieces and nephews that I am close to and appreciate very much. I also have cousins who I respect scattered all over the country. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 16, 2011. I am thankful to be a part of such a great church. I would encourage everyone to develop a relationship with Christ and our Heavenly Father. I served in two branches of the armed forces; the Army in 2001 - 2003 and the Air Force from 1989 - 1995. I am not married, and do not have any children, though I do have two dogs that I occasionally spoil. I am the first in my family to join the church, and am very happy in my current life.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to join the Church at the age of 39 because I came to know that the Book of Mormon was true. After reading some of the Book of Mormon, and praying earnestly to know the truth of it, I began to have faith in it. As I continued my reading I began to compare it to the Bible, and soon realized that the Bible and the Book of Mormon support each other in what they teach. It was not long after that I began to be prompted to join the Church. My faith has continued to grow, my understanding of the gospel has improved, and my personal relationship with Heavenly Father has developed into something more than I could have ever imagined prior to becoming a member of the Church. Previously I was searching for a church to join, and I attended several in my area. However, I would always leave those churches with the feeling that they simply weren't right for me. I would leave and feel spiritually empty, and something inside of me would tell me that Christ did not lead those churches. I knew instinctively that they lacked that divine guidance and truth that can only be found through Christ himself. After gaining faith in The Book of Mormon and having several lessons with the full time missionaries, one of the members of the church invited me to attend the local ward (church). I was made to feel very welcome by everyone, but more importantly, I felt closer to God. I got the feeling of spiritual renewal and growth. After attending a few weeks, I knew it was the right place for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to improve my life a little each day. I do my best to include prayer and scripture study as part of my daily life. I know from experience that this strengthens me, enriches me, and brings me closer to our Heavenly Father. I now pay a full tithe, donate fast offerings, and live the Word of Wisdom fully. Currently, I serve as Ward Executive Secretary. I have also served callings as Ward Missionary, Sunday School Teacher for the 16-17 year olds, Elders Quorum President, and Ward Mission Leader. These callings have allowed me to serve both those in and out of the Church. I have found all of this work to be fulfilling, challenging, and a great blessing in my personal life. It has strengthened my own faith to share my testimony and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Also, being the first in my family to join the church, I feel compelled to share my faith and testimony with my family. I do so every chance that I can in a way that I hope is easy going and non-pushy. Hopefully as time goes on and they will see how my life has changed and improved. Hopefully the Spirit will touch them and they will inquire and come to know the restored gospel in all of its truth and glory.