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Hi I'm Bill

I was born in Colorado, lived and surveyed in Wyoming, Nevada and now Washington. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to a young mother, and I had a major birth defect that prevented her from keeping me. I was adopted by an older couple who could pay for the operation and take care of me. Years later I was the one who answered the door when the missionaries came, and I accepted the Gospel and was baptized at the age of 13. Since then I served a full-time mission and have learned to love the Lord with all my heart. I am a father of five and step-father of six, with a total of 16 grand-children. I have been a Land Surveyor for most of my life. I am a gardener and love to take care of the yard and keep the vegetables growing. That works great, since I got cancer 10 years ago, and am on a mostly-vegetarian diet to kill the cancer and keep healthy. That has worked very well for me, and am now cancer-free without any operations or drugs.

Why I am a Mormon

When the missionaries baptized me, I had a small knowledge and conviction that this was true and good. But when I went on my mission, I had the greatest learning period of my life. I was in the New York area, and got to visit the areas where the gospel was restored to Joseph Smith as a young boy. The Holy Ghost grew strong in my heart affirming that everything I had learned was true and from God. Since then, I have seen the Gospel touch many others' lives, and have seen the wonderful effects that has on them. I have seen people give up addictive habits and change their lives to be in tune with the Savior. And that strengthens me and my conviction to live correctly also. I have served the Church in many capacities, and am touched by the Spirit that enters all of the work that the Lord asks us to do. That same spiritual strength is available to all who will come to Him. Because of all of this and more, I know this Church is true. And has helped me to be a better person than I otherwise would be.

How I live my faith

One of my responsibilities is to look out for two families. We keep an eye on them to make sure they are well physically and emotionally. They are both getting up in years, and need to be cared for. One has family close, the other does not. That gives them a strength knowing that others are keeping them in their thoughts and prayers. We have helped them with a roofing project, they have helped us with a small engine problem. We end up with additional close friends that otherwise we would not have known. I also pass out available work assignments. These range from working at our storehouse where we help the needy, to doing security work at the church when our ladies are having a meeting. We make sure the ladies do not have any issues with strange men or other occurences in the building and parking lot by making sure that mature men are there for protection, as well as setting up chairs and tables, or lifting heavy items. These assignments also give me a chance to use some computer skills, as I set up reminders that go out in future days, without my intervention, to make sure the critical assignments are done on time and with enough help to get the jobs done correctly and comfortably.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Bill
Each Prophet is called by a series of events. The first is being called to serve as a member of the Twelve Apostles. This is performed by the then-current Prophet. And the final selection is by the Lord himself by the longevity of the members of that quorum. For instance, Thomas S. Monson was called to be an Apostle by David O. McKay who was the Prophet in 1963. President Monson has had great experience in that time watching over the Church. Five other men have served as Prophet in those intervening years, but many more called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have passed on without the opportunity to be the senior Apostle when the President of the Church passes on. All of those who passed on without that opportunity have been marvelous examples to all of us, and it has been a great privilege to have met a few, and served under the influence of all of them. It has been a great source of strength to me, and has always been a great spiritual experience when a new Prophet takes over and leads the Church. Show more Show less