What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Bill

I'm a husband, a father, a brother and a son. I'm a medical humanitarian. I'm a surfer and a Emergency Physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a beautiful small town of Logan Utah, located at the northernmost part of Utah. I come from a large family, and I am number 5 of 7. After I graduated I went to college at BYU and had some of the best years of my life, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a member of the swim team, and receive a fantastic education. After my freshman year of college I served a two year mission for our church in New Mexico, and Texas as a Spanish peaking missionary. After graduating from college I worked for a few years in California and then after a few years of working, and surfing I got a bit more serious (maybe it had to do with beginning a family of my own) and I began medical school in Texas, and I am now working my way through residency in Arizona to become a Emergency Medicine Physician. I have been married to the woman of my dreams for almost seven years and we have a beautiful little daughter who brings the greatest joy each day to our home.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in as a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I remember many wonderful experiences that helped me to feel peace and direction in my young life. I was blessed with wonderful parents and older siblings who were my hero's growing up. But there was a distinct moment in my life that I really truly wanted more than anything to know if this church was true and more importantly is Christ really is our Savior and redeemer. I was 14 years old and at a swim meet with my peers from various areas in the country, I did not know them all very well but I wanted to fit in. One night the boys began making plans to view what I deemed as inappropriate shows and to engage behavior that I did not feel comfortable with. I did not want to make a scene so I quietly left the hotel room and went back to mine. A few minutes later the group had come to find me, and began questioning me as to why I would not participate with them. I quickly said I was Mormon and I would not do those things. The one astute young man asked me a very poignant question. He asked me, if I was to forgo those activities because of my religion, he wanted to know if I knew if it were true. I answered that I did, but at that moment I knew my parents did, and that my leaders did and that my siblings and some of my friends did but I was not 100% sure. So that night I began a complete reading of the Book of Mormon, I finished about one month later, and I received a wonderfully quiet yet direct answer to my question. In a few moments I knew that the Book of Mormon was indeed true, that Joseph smith was indeed the prophet that restored Jesus Christ's church again to the earth, and that Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God the Savior of all mankind, including myself. I left my knees with purpose, direction and resolve that has blessed my life every day since that moment. Since then there have been countless experiences that have strengthen my faith iin the Lord Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life, Christs and his sacrifice mean everything to me and it is through him and his suffering that I hope to live my life. I have been blessed in many ways to serve God's children and I believe that I live my faith by serving his children. Whether this is by serving my wife or daughter, my siblings, parents grandparent or my neighbors. I have also had the tremendous privilege of working with young men and women and helping them come to know God and His Son Jesus Christ. Nothing has brought greater peace and happiness to me in my life than seeing those I love come to know Christ. There is one experience that occurred when I was a young boy that has sparked my desire to serve God's children, I was about 8 years old and my family had decided to go to La Paz Mexico for Christmas, we had a wonderful time at the beach and visiting many wonderful places. But one of the mornings that we were there ( it may have been Christmas morning) we took small gifts to an area of the town that poverty ran rampant. I still remember those faces, boys and girls my age that were so excited and touch to receive a small gift. They forever changed the way I would look at others. After I returned home from a two year mission for my church I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador after a massive landslide had caused tremendous damage, we went to rebuild homes, begin micro-crediting groups and aid in medical care. Over the next few years my friends and I began a small foundation that augmented medical clinics, schools and orphanages in El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala. Since then I have been able to travel through out those lands many times, as well as Haiti after the earthquake. Each time I go a part of me stays with those wonderful people. I have come to love the people of each of these countries, I loved it even more when I served a few days at an orphanage in Mexico with my bride to be, and then later in Haiti with my wife.