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Hi I'm Bill

I have had a truly amazing life since joining the LDS Church. It was the best decision I ever made. It changed my life.

About Me

I was born in Mexico to a foreign mother and US citizen father. I moved to Texas at the age of 5. I grew up in Texas and California,. I enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. I was an enlisted Medic for 8 years. I went to college at night so that I could later be commissioned as an Engineering Officer. I spent 13 years as an Officer in Engineering, Energy Research & Development, and the USAF Space Program. I designed the first Solar home in the Military and was assigned to work in the Solar Energy Research Institute (DOE/SERI). In the AF, I went from a young man with only a high school diploma, to a commissioned field grade officer in charge of AF Manned Spaceflight Operations. One of my experiences was the subject of a book, "Threads of Honor". I retired after 21 years in the military and went to work oninternational projects. I have lived and worked in Russia, China, and the Middle East. I married very young and have had five children with my wife of 44 years. We also now have 12 wonderful grandchildren. I was born into a Catholic family and as a boy learned to be a good Catholic. As a teenager, I started attending a Lutheran church in my neighborhood and learned more about my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When I got married, I married a girl that was a Methodist. I have continued to appreciate what I learned as a Catholic boy and a Lutheran young man. Each was a different experience, and each taught me important principles.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I were happy as a young married couple, and tried to find a chuch that we both thought was right for us. We went to a lot of churches, but none of them felt totally right. My wife and I finally stopped going to church and believed that we could worship God in our own way without being part of a church. One of my USAF friends asked us to listen to what the LDS Missionaries had to tell us. I said "no thanks, we're fine" several times, but finally said "OK, we will let them come over Once!". What they shared with us in that visit was not all of the wierd stuff we had heard from non-Mormons. It was a straight forward discussion of where we came from, why we are here in this life, and what we needed to do to return to our Father in Heaven some day. As I listened, I could see where everything that I learned as a Catholic and a Lutheran fit in, except that all of the missing pieces were now in place. It was what we both felt in our hearts was the original Gospel of Jesus Christ...a wonderful guide prepared by a loving Heavenly Father for us as individuals and as a family. As we look back at our lives, we can see how that decision changed the quality of all of our family's lives then, now, and for eternity. Without the knowledge of who we are, where we came from, why we are here and where we are going after this life, we would be very different people with a very different family. The LDS Church has been the same wherever we have gone in the world. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change over time or place. The character it has helped to instill in our children is also priceless.

How I live my faith

I was the first member of any part of my family to join the Mormon Church. Some of my family members were afraid that I had made a bad decision--until they started to see the wonderful changes that being Mormon made in my life. As a member of the LDS Church, I have served in many callings including being a Scoutmaster (twice), a Bishops Counselor (twice), a Bishop, a member of three High Counsels, and a Stake Presidents Counselor. I have worked with deaf and hearing impaired member groups, and lived in several overseas branches of the Church overseas (China, Middle East). I have continued to learn about my Savior Jesus Christ and how he expects me to live my life. Everywhere I have gon in the world, in uniform and after, I have immediately found a warm community of "LDS friends" who shared my principles & beliefs. I have also learned a lot about many religions and all that we have in common with them, from "love they neighbor" to "caring for the poor". I am semi-retired now and spend 100+ hours per month in volunteer service in my community, mostly in the area of Emergency Management (emergency preparedness and disaster response) helping other churches and community groups be more prepared as individuals, families and neighborhood groups, for disasters. I believe in being uncompromisingly honest in all my business dealings, and treating others with as much respect and kindness as I hope to be treated with, and regardless of their color, creed, religion or life style choices. We are all children of the same Heavenly Father and deserve the same chance to succeed in our lives. We just often take different paths to get "into the light" of his Gospel. All of the success I have had in my personal life or business life comes from the choice I made years ago to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and live it fully. I know that I am a child of God and have a Heavenly Father that loves and guides me, in good times and in bad...for life has both in store for each of us.