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Hi I'm Bill

I started an AIDS clinic in Uganda. Married the woman of my dreams. Have two beautiful kids. I practice law, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to an LDS family in Salt Lake City, Utah; and have Mormon pioneer roots that go back to the early conversions in Scotland and England. My biological father died in a medical accident when I was 18 months old. When I was 4 years old, my mother remarried a wonderful man who adopted me and my 2 older brothers and has treated us as if we were his own. Then, they had my little sister (and best friend). I grew up snow skiing, boating, hiking, playing football, and rugby for the well-known Highland Rugby Team. Rugby took me to Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Hawaii, and many States in America. I served a 2 year volunteer mission in East Africa; and was based primarily in Uganda and Ethiopia. Other than my marriage, Africa has been the single most influential experience in my life. It was there that I witnessed true suffering, despair, and (ironically) hope. I attended the University of Utah; spent time at Cambridge University in England; a summer abroad in Chile; and studied English and Economics. I was vice-president of my fraternity, and met my beautiful wife on "Greek Row." After college, I started a non-profit group building AIDS hospitals in rural Uganda. This was in response to the massive epidemic ravaging Africa. I attended law school at Arizona State University, where I also obtained a Master's in Real Estate. I work at a boutique business law firm in Tempe, Arizona. We are blessed to have two beautiful children - who are the motivation in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, the LDS faith is the "most true" of all religious philosophies I've encountered. I believe that everyone (at one point or another) must have their own conversion experience. After many years of struggling to reconcile the concept of a loving Heavenly Father with the realities of immense human suffering and injustice around the world, I was taught the Mormon doctrine of "Free Agency." God will not force anyone into Heaven. Mormonism teaches that, were God to automatically protect the righteous in every instance, people would be universally frustrated in their attempts to sin; thus effectively removing any true opportunity to exercise agency. An individual's sinful act may have tragic consequences for others, but God will still not deny any individual their freedom to choose good or evil. Mormonism teaches that, as a consequence, "bad things" may happen to "good people." A good person may, for example, be killed by another individual who chose to drive recklessly; infectious diseases may be spread by a lack of attention to detail in sterilization procedures; bad people may choose to steal the possessions or oppress good people; etc. In the end, it is all seen as part of the Divine plan in which all humanity is given the chance to decide their own courses of action in mortality and in the hereafter. I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ as was taught by Him 2,000 years ago, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I also believe His gospel has been manipulated and twisted over the centuries for political and financial gain. As such, I believe a Restoration of that gospel was necessary, and took place in these latter-days. I also believe a person can have true joy and happiness in this life by following these teachings - as I am living proof.

How I live my faith

Basically, I listen to my wife - as she is the most Christ-like person I know. Also, Mormonism is unique among all other religions in that it facilitates (and, in some instances compels) me to practice Christianity - not just believe in it. The Mormon church has no professional clergy. We don't hire ministers or priests to teach or care for us. This forces us to teach and care for each other - which I believe is what the Apostle Paul meant when he referred to "pure religion" in the Book of James. This forces all of us to serve and love one another: rich & poor; young & old; ditch-diggers & titans of industry. I attempt to live my faith by truly loving my neighbor and serving them.