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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Texas by devout Southern Baptist parents. After graduating from Texas A&M I became a Naval Flight Officer, training in Florida, Texas, and California. I met my wife on a blind date arranged by a fellow officer and former class-mate of my wife. We were engaged five weeks and five days later and married six months later in Arizona. After completing 18 months of training we were married and honeymooned to my final duty station in Washington. My first encounter with a Mormon was my plane commander, who had served a mission for the Church. He was a good example and lived his religion faithfully. We were in Washington for about 2 1/2 years, having made two six month deployments, one to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and the other to the Far East. We returned to civilian life and moved to Texas for six years. I gained a stronger testimony of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by learning more about the Church. After many discussions with Church Missionaries and friends who were members of the Church, and gaining a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet I was baptized there, and we moved to Arizona a couple of years later.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the main tenets of the Church is the doctrine of eternal marriage. I love the idea of being able to return to live with my family in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ after we leave this earth life. During my process of converting to the Church many questions had to be answered for me. When I was ready to be baptized I needed to quit smoking (I smoked 2 1/2 pack of cigarettes a day) and drinking alcoholic beverages and coffee and tea. A friend who greatly influenced my decision to be baptized into the Church suggested that we needed to fast and pray for me to quit those activities. We did and I did quit smoking and drinking then and there. It wasn't easy but it has been worth it. We raised all seven of our children in the Church and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is a way of life. We do things with our family frequently and talk to them regularly. We now have 35 grandchildren, with two more on the way, and I know each one of them. In an effort to help spread the Gospel to all the world my wife and I served an 18 month long mission to Chile where we learned to love and appreciate some of the gentle people of that region. One of the strengths of the Church is that it is a "lay church," meaning the teaches and leaders are all volunteers. Each of us is called to serve in various teaching and leadership capacities and we grow in that service. One of our scriptures teaches us that "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I try to live by that precept. Another scripture says "...this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." That is my quest and that is why I am a Mormon.