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Hi I'm William

I am seventy-eight years old, the father of seven children, the grandfather of 33 and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a father of seven, and a grandfather of 35 and a great-grandfather of 8. I have been a salesman, a college professor, an industrial trainer in public utilities and now enjoy a life of retirement. I am presently working as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, the Washington State (Clallam County) Office of Emergency Management along with my Church calling as an Employment Specialist, Cannery Specialist and Disaster Preparedness Director. During my younger years, my hobbies included singing in Church, Opera, Light Opera, and Broadway Shows. After two unfortunate marriages, I have been happily married for the last 22 years to a woman who is a true daughter in Zion. I have finally reached that stage in life when I can say without reservations that I am a happy man!

Why I am a Mormon

It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1964. My marriage was over and I was living in a small apartment in Provo, Utah. I had five days off due to the holiday and had nothing to do. I knocked on the door of three young men who went to BYU and were living in the apartment next to mine (I did not know they were returned missionaries) to ask them if they had anything that I could read. After some conversation, they presented me with a copy of the Book of Mormon, and got me to agree that I would give it a try. I took it home and tried, unsuccessfully to make sense of it. I could not. So after two hours of futile effort I returned the book to them. They asked me if I had prayed about it before I started to read. "Pray about it?, for crying out loud, all I wanted was something to read!" was my reply. They then explained just what the book was and why I really should read it, so I said that I would give it another try. I went back home, got down on my knees and, because I had not prayed in a long time, could only produce a simple request to Deity that if this book were true, I would certainly like to know it. I then started to read. But this time it was different. The story of what was happen became very clear to me. It was like reading a well-written adventure novel. I could see the people and what was happening in the theater of my mind. It was real to me. The next thing I knew it was 4:30 in the morning. I reluctantly put the book aside and got some sleep. I awakened at about 8:30, reached for the book, and it started all over again. And that was how it happened. I put the telephone in my dresser drawer, put a "do not bother me" sign on the door and continued to read. I finished the book at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning. When I closed my eyes in sleep that morning my life was changed; I knew that what I had read was true and I knew that my life would never be the same again. Now, 47 years later, I know how true that statement was.

How I live my faith

With my testimony of the truth of the Book of Mormon, my entire life is related to activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also have a testimony of the need to prepare for future unforseen contingencies; therefore, many of my activities revolve around preparing for potential disasters that could occur around us. Food storage, preparing one's home, becoming self-reliant, helping others who are disabled to be prepared for any emergency they may be called upon to face. As employment specialist, I work with those unemployed to prepare themselves for the task of finding suitable employment. I substitute as teacher in the Gospel Doctrine and Priesthood classes when the instructors cannot be there. I stand ready to assist anyone who has need of my services. This Church is a church of service and we are taught that "when ye are in the service of your fellow man, ye are also in the service of your God."