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Hi I'm Bill

I grew up in a small town in Idaho, I am a computer geek, I love to do Geneology, I love to travel and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to a LDS family in southern Idaho. I lived in a small farm community till I left on a mission for my church to Southern Texas area in 1974. I served in the Southern Texas area for two years; I went to BYU. I currently work in the medical field as a computer / network tech. My work has given me the opportunity to move around the western United States. I am a computer geek; in fact I am the tech that other techs call when they can not figure out how to solve the problem. I work with computers and networks depending on the job requirement. I love the outdoors; I love to fish, hike, hunt, ride horses and ride bicycles. I also love to ride motorcycles. I used to love camping however; most of my camping is done from a motel or in a trailer now. The ground is getting too hard to sleep on these days. LOL ;) I love to travel and see new places. I love my family they are the most important thing in my life. I am a father, husband, step father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family so I grew up in the church. I always felt that the church was the only true church, but while I was on my mission I took the time to really find out for myself. I gained a fervent testimony of the truthfulness of the doctrines of the church through prayer, study and pondering the scriptures. Since then my testimony of the church and the principles that are taught have grown and grown; line upon line as it says in the scriptures. The gospel of Jesus Christ is paramount in my life. I love this church; I don’t know what I would do without the church in my life. I have thought about it a lot over the years, each time our family has moved we have found great love and friendship from the members of the church in the new area. This gives us a built in “family” and friends in our new area. The members of the church make us feel right at home. I love being able to travel, locate and go to a local LDS church and receive the same instruction that I would have received in my church at home. It is wonderful to feel welcomed where ever we go; even if it is just for a short visit. My belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ; the faith that I have gained through study and prayer; the knowledge that I have learned over the years has been a great blessing in our lives. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is so much good to gain from membership in this church.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings or opportunities to serve in the Church. I used to serve as a Sunday school teacher and as the Sunday School President to name a few of my callings. Currently I serve with my wife as the Temple preparation teachers. We help members of the church prepare to enter the Temple of the Lord here on earth. We help them understand what it means to go to the Temple and why we have temples today. This is a great calling and we enjoy it very much. I am very involved in genealogy and seeking out my ancestors. I even have a web site about our family line. We find it exciting to search out our ancestors, find out where the lived and how they lived. We love to share this information with family and friends. We learn how the west was settled through personal journals and the writings of our ancestors. I learned why my family name is spelled differently, where my family comes from and why my given name is so popular in my family. This research helps us to find out more about ourselves in the process. Plus it is great fun!

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Bill
In the New Testament in the gospel of John chapter 10 verse 16 it reads: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” John is quoting the savior in this passage. The whole chapter talks about the shepherd and what it means to be a shepherd. Obviously our Lord Jesus Christ wants to talk with all of his people for they shall hear his voice. If this is true, and I am sure that it is, then why would it be so hard to believe that he came here to visit his people or his sheep? If he did come here, and I am sure that he did, then wouldn’t they want to make a record of his appearance to them? The people of Jerusalem kept records of his visit to them; they recorded his miracles, the organizing of his church, his life, his death, and his resurrection. The inhabitants of this continent kept a record of him and his visit to them. They recorded his teachings his miracles and his love for his people. The Book of Mormon stands as a second witness to the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon testifies of his death and resurrection, his mission, and his divinity. I want you to know that I know that the Book of Mormon is a true and accurate account of the people of this continent. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Bill
There is nothing secret about the temple or about what goes on in the temple. The temples and the ordinances performed in the temples are sacred. There is a very real difference between sacred and secret, take a moment and think about the difference for a few minutes. I am sure that you will agree that there is a difference, so then you can also agree that we want to keep what is done in the temples as sacred as possible. Temple worship is not new to the world if you read in the Old Testament you will find that King Solomon built a beautiful temple and the Israelite people worshiped in temples, and in synagogue. This is not the first temple but it is the most well known. If the God of the Old Testament felt it important to have temples and to have his followers worship in those temples, then why don’t we have them today? We worship in temples and in Churches similar to the way the Israelite people worshiped the God of the Old Testament. One of the things that we do in the temple is make sacred covenants that most people are not prepared to take upon themselves when they first join the church. It usually takes about a year or more to prepare yourself for the opportunity to go to the temple. In our modern day temples, we are able to perform marriages for time and all eternity. I am sure that if you think about it, wouldn’t’ you want to have your loved ones; your family with you through out eternity? Marriages outside of the temple are done “till death do you part”. Show more Show less