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Hi I'm Bill Ennis

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Yoakum, Texas. I served a mission in Korea. I have worked in the aerospace and software industries.

About Me

I was born in Tonawanda, NY. My mother joined the church about 2 years before I was born. When I was 11 my family and I moved from New York to my mother's hometown in Texas. As a result of growing up in Texas, I have a great love of football and Bar-B-Q. I received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and have worked in the aerospace and software industries. I now live in Colorado with my family and love everything about the state. The mountains are terrific and I have hiked about 20 of the state's 54 fourteen thousand foot peaks. I have been a scoutmaster for the last six years and my family and I have benefitted from it greatly, because we have discovered so many great things about Colorado and its history.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended church with my mother when I was young, but we had difficult times financially when living in Texas in the 70's and the nearest LDS church was many miles away. As a result, several years went by with us not being very active. In my teen years a small congregation was started in the next town over from us and we went again. I did not remember much from when I was a child, but the feeling that I had went I attended again is what kept me coming back. It was a key time in my youth. I was struggling to find out who I was and who I was going to be. I was on the verge of making some very poor choices. When I started to go back to church I found standards that kept me safe, adults who took an interest in my wellbeing and an understanding of my relationship with God. This understanding was the most important part because it became my guidepost in all of my decision making. I now understood not only what I was supposed to do, but why. This understanding did not come instantly. It took time and some effort, but that effort is what I still cherish today. This understanding led me to have a desire to serve as a missionary for our church, which I did in Korea.

How I live my faith

I attend church with my family every Sunday. It is a great uplift and break from the rigors of everyday life. However, it is the things that I do daily by myself and with my family that really keep me on track. Daily prayer is essential. Studying the scriptures is a great blessing and discussing these things with my family is one of greatest pleasures of my life. I currently work with the youth in our church. Specifically, I am a scoutmaster and have been for the last 6 years. It is great to have the opportunity to give back in a small way, the great blessings that I received as a youth when some caring and interested adult leaders made me feel welcome and taught me so many important things.