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Hi I'm Bill

I was born and raised in Washington state. I enjoy bass fishing, painting space pictures, railroading, and drilling bowling balls.

About Me

I'm a husband and the father of 3 children and my wife and I have 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. I currently work as the General Manager of a shortline railroad in beautiful northern Idaho. I really enjoy the outdoors. My wife and I want to build a barn type pole building and turn it into a house in the area that we currently live. The people and the outdoors are so great here that we plan on retiring here in a couple years. I've been bowling for about 45 years and get a kick out of bowling in tournaments with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I started attending the LDS church after meeting my future wife on a blind date. While attending church I gained more and more information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I prayed about having the Holy Ghost confirm to me that this was the true church on the earth today and that confirmation was given tro me. I quit going to church for about 10 years, but thanks to a home teacher my family and I started attending church again. I've been active since that time (about 30 years ago). As I grow and learn more about the gospel my life becomes better and better. It's not easy, but I know who I am and what my potentials are. I have no doubt that this is God's one and only true church on the earth today. So many incidents have occured during my life to confirm this fact. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to return to live with Him. There are things that I need to do in order to return to Heavenly Father. We all have challenges and trials during this life and they are there in order for us to show that we have learned and truly deserve to return to dwell with Him forever. I know that Jesus Christ is my savor and redeemer. If I follow His example to the best of my ability, He will help me with the inadequacies that I have that would keep me from Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testimont of Jesus Christ and helps define what we need to do in order to dwell with Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Since becoming an active member of the church I've had various callings. I've been: a President of various church auxillaries, a Sunday School teacher, Emergency Preparedness advisor, and a counselor to three different bishops. My most enjoyable time is when I have the opportunity to teach. I truly love teaching (especially the gospel) and have taught in many different situations in and out of the church for the past 40 years. I don't vision God's commandments as barriers or something that stiffles my enjoyment of life. I enjoy obeying His commandments and I know that they only lead me to more enjoyment in my life and of others. I try very hard to love my neighbor as myself. I suspect many people view me as a coward or a person who doesn't stand up for his rights; however, I try my best to stay away from contention. I want everyone to enjoy life. The question that I ask myself the most is, "Is this worth fighting over?" The vast majority of the time my answer is, "No."

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bill
No, all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just before my 18th birthday. At the time I was already enlisted in the Army under their delayed enlistment program. When I got out of the US Army after almost 9 years I already had a wife and 3 children, so going on a mission was pretty much out of the question. Heavenly Father provides things and experiences to His children. At one point in 1998 I had the opportunity to move to the southeastern United States for a job promotion. My wife and I decided to have a home at the new job location and one where we were living in Washington State. After looking back on that situation, Heavenly Father provided a means for me to complete a missionary type experience while still married. The location in the southeast had a small church in town. I ended up having 5 diffferent callings while there. A lot of my time was spent on these callings and I loved each one dearly. Since my family was still in Washington, I was primarily by myself, which allowed me to spend time concentrating on my callings, just like I was on a mission. My faith and spiritual knowledge grew and I know that I was blessed greatly. I spent about 2 1/2 years there and because of changes at work, ended up leaving the southeast and coming back to Washington. I consider this experience as my unofficial mission. My wife and I still want to go on a mission once we're retired. Show more Show less