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Hi I'm Billy

I like opera and soccer. I am a structural engineer. I'm addicted to NPR. I love my wife and kids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I can’t believe I almost missed out on the wonderful life I now live. Not that my life is somehow exotic. I have a three year old boy who likes to roar and run and jump and be bombastic; my little princess is only a year and a half and already knows how to manipulate me—those eyes are just irresistible! My wife is pretty much the coolest person, and she is hotter than your wife. I am the old, fat, has-been on the soccer field. But I almost didn’t get to have this life. My mom worked three jobs when I was growing up. I found way too much time in my hands, and I got into trouble. With less than half the credits I needed to graduate from high school, I returned home from my first day as a senior in high school to find my mom sitting on the couch, arms crossed and staring at the wall. She had talked to my school counselor. She confronted me with an ultimatum: “Choose to graduate or get a job today.” I graduated in time. A wife and two kids later, I graduated from college. Most importantly, I met people who showed me a better path, who taught me that God is not just an ideological figure, but my Father in Heaven. It is amazing how one good decision can lead one to better choices, better habits, and to God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of The Book of Mormon. When I needed comfort, I felt God’s love as I studied from its pages. As a young adult, church members encouraged me at the time of greatest hardship. As a father and husband, the church provides me with opportunities to serve others, and I find my life enriched in the process.

How I live my faith

In my mind the entire gospel can be summed up by this expression: Love thy neighbor. I love taking fruit to my good friend Joyce, a widow in our church. Listening Eufrocina’s stories about old Mexico is truly enjoyable. But the best spiritual high for me comes from helping disadvantaged youth. Danny was the son of a single mother in my church. It was obvious he was starting to get into trouble. We decided to reach out. He likes cookies, and he likes video games—it was not that hard to win him over. I learned that he was not passing any of his classes. I asked his mom if I could tutor him. Initially daily and later twice a week, his cell phone and iPod were confiscated, and we did homework together. It was an addictive spiritual high. I tutored some 12 youth in that same fashion. I love those youth. I feel God’s love for them. For me, reaching out to others is the only way to fully live the gospel and freely feel God’s love.