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Hi I'm Bill

I have been a member of the Church for 50 years. I live in the Arvada, Colorado Stake and served a mission in France and Belgium.

About Me

I have been married for 42 years and am the father of four great children and the grandfather of four wonderful grandchildren. I like to spend time with my family. In the last several years my wife and I have taken-up hiking and love to hike in the mountains. My goal is to successfully climb a 14er. I also like to ride my bike as often as I can. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. I have worked in both the public and private sectors. I was drafted and served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. I have travelled extensively around the country, primarily for business purposes. I especially enjoy the Seattle and Boston areas. Although always a US citizen, I grew-up in Canada and attended kindergarten through high school graduation in a small town. Naturally, hockey is a favourite of mine. I have a great fondness for Canada and things Canadian. I still get teased for saying "eh" alot.

Why I am a Mormon

On a cold, bleak Canadian winter day, two Mormon Missionaries knocked on our door. I let the missionaries into our home and explained that my parents were not home, but that they could come back another time. I was fourteen years old. The missionaries did come back and thus started a nine month process of studying the Gospel before my family was baptised. It was a little unusual because the whole family joined the Church at the same time. There were five of us in the family; Dad, Mom, my older sister and myself joined the Church and a younger brother was not old enough to be baptised at that time. There were just six families who met together on Sunday mornings in the basement of a hotel for Sunday School. We had to clean-up the room of cigarettes and alcohol bottles before we could start the meetings. Over the next few years we met in a hotel, a Masonic Lodge, and a Lions Club meeting hall. We travelled to a larger city for most of our Church Meetings. While it was a long drive, it was always fun to get together with other members of the Church. It was in our little Sunday School that I first bore my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Although quite young, the message of the missionaries struck a spiritual note with me and other members of my family. We had struggles to overcome as we studied with the missionaires. It seemed Satan didn't want our family to find joy in the restored Church. Now, after over 50 years of activity in the Church, I can look back over a life that has been filled with bounteous blessings. The Lord has always taken care of us no matter what difficult or trying circumstances my family was going through.

How I live my faith

Staying active in Church activities has always been important to my wife and I. We have always tried to do our best to serve the Lord by serving others in the numerous assignments and positions we have held in Church service. One of my favourite positions is working with the Youth of the Church. They are so much fun to work with and they really keep you on your toes. They are filled with questions about life, the Gospel and a hundred and one other topics. They look for guidance and examples in their leaders. In todays world they need a moral compass to help them see their way and working with the church youth allows me in some small way to provide direction to that compass. To paraphrase a scripture from the Book of Mormon, when you are serving others, you are also serving God. Church service is one way of giving back something to others for all the many blessings I have received.