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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in Alabama along the Gulf coast. I grew up a Catholic and decided to join the church when age 26.

About Me

I am the proud parent of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. Four of my children live in the Phoenix area, one in Chicago, and one in Orlando. We have a total of 17 grandchildren and number 18 is due in January. We are first generation members of the church. I was brought up in a strict catholic family, and attended parochial school. My wife was methodist and a very active member of her church. I joined the Navy for Underwater Demolitions Team (UDT) and served as a Navy corpsman attached to the Marine Corps 1st Force Recon 1969-1972. I have worked in corporate America overseeing domestic and international operations for healthcare management companies and manufacturing for 30 years. My wife has been a homemaker and helpmeet to me and my children and an excellent example of motherhood all our married life. I am an avid golfer and I love to jog, usually 12 miles a week, and I ride my bike on alternate days. My wife is a talented artist, though she doesn't have the opportunity to express herself as often as we would like as she is very actively involved in the life of our children and grandchildren. We both serve in the temple as ordinance workers and love the experiences and special closeness to our Heavenly Father that brings into our lives each week. We also have the priviledge of serving in our ward and stake as members of the church.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife joined the church two weeks after the missonaries first met us at our home. I was there for lunch which rarely happened in those days as I traveled. Had I not been there she would not have invited them in. Interesting how the Lord places us in those circumstances. After some discussion, during which I finished my iced tea and cigarette, my wife asked if their minister could baptize her. The missionaries asked if we were members and just "pulling their leg"! We assured them we were not. Two Weeks later my wife became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For just over a year, I attended my catholic church in the morning and LDS services in the afternoon with my wife. I was amazed by the friendliness and sincerity of the welcome each time I attended with my wife. I truly felt a part of this "society" of people. Additionally, at night my wife would insist on reading passages from the Book of Mormon to me that she was impressed with and wanted me to hear. A year later or so, we were attending a fund raiser for the new building my wife's church was hoping to build. We had been asked to contribute $300.00 for the meal. Mind you I only made $125.00 a week at that time. Well, you know how wives are! I gladly contributed. After the meal with those who had by then become my friends we all went to Dairy Queen. While there a couple of the guys (now brothers) approached me and asked what time my baptism was on Saturday, the next day. I told them they were mistaken and that I had no plan to be baptized the next day as I had only stopped smoking that very day. They seemed disappointed and told me that the branch had been fasting and praying that week for my baptism and they were looking forward to attending. I began to to ponder deeply what they had said. It was apparent that their love was deep and abiding. About 9:30p that night after we had returned home six missionaries knocked on my door and challenged me to baptism. I was baptized the next day.

How I live my faith

Since joining the church I have had the priviledge of doing those same thing I read in the Old and New Testament that the apostles and disciples did while the Savior was on the earth. I have been allowed to minister to his children. The experiences are too numerous to mention with any great detail, but I have had the opportunity to minister to the sick (including my own grandson when he was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Lukemia), work with the poor and needy through our Welfare programs, study in depth the gospels in a way that was never in my wildest imagination available to me. I currently work with the seniors, widows, and single sisters in our ward. Meeting with them frequently and seeing to their immediate and long-term needs has been a distinct priviledge. Previously I was assigned to serve the Single Persons in our church statewide. The needs and personalities are varied and truly cause one to rely on the Holy Ghost for guidance to provide them with the love and caring that is oftentimes missing as they are left on their own and very lonely for companionship and friendship. I also have had the oportunity to participate in the administration of the building program of the church. Seeing the delight resulting from having a place to meet and worship that occurs in members faces after having made much personal sacrifice to make that a reality is truly a blessing.