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Hi I'm William D. Newell

I'm a Mormon. I converted to the Church about 6 years ago when my wife and I lived in the Dallas, Texas area.

About Me

I was born and raised in Latin America to U.S. citizen parents who worked for the Chiquita Banana company. I went to college in New Mexico and then became a U.S. federal law enforcement officer, something I've done now for 23 years. In 1995, while assigned to Bogota, Colombia I met my wife who at that time worked for another Federal law enforcement agency. We dated and were married about a year later. She comes from an LDS family in Utah and I couldn't be luckier to have my wife and her parents as in-laws. They never "forced" me to become a Mormon, that was a decision I made completely on my own after about 10 years of marriage. By then we had two boys and I realized how important the Church could be in their lives and mine too. I began discussion with local Missionaries in the Dallas, Texas area and in 2005 made the decision to get baptized. Since then I have been able to baptize my oldest son and look forward to baptizing my youngest son. I have greatly enjoyed my time in the Church, especially the friendship of the fellow members and the opportunities to provide service and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because I felt that something was missing from my life. I had been married for about 10 years to a wife who came from an LDS family and after having two sons I realized how important the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ could be in their lives. I converted in 2005 while living in the Dallas, Texas area and have not regretted my decision ever. I have enjoyed all my callings in the Church especially those that have allowed me the opportunity to teach the younger members of the Church about the Gospel and how lucky they are to be members of this great Church. Being a convert at the age of 40 gives me a different perspective on the importance and relevance of the Church and it's mission. I look forward to many more years of being able to share my testimony about the reason why I joined the Church.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about the Church is the ability to serve in many callings in which you can share your testimony with others, especially the youth. Almost every calling I have had since being baptized almost 6 years ago has involved teaching the youth. These include working with the Boy Scouts, teaching Sunday School, working in the Nursery and working in the Primary with large groups of children. The youth of the Church are so special and every time I can assist them in some way, be it a 3 year old trying to fix a broken toy in the Nursery or a 15 year old struggling with common teenage issues, I feel that I have accomplished something important if I can assist them in some small way. At home my wife and I try to provide a safe environment for our two sons so that they can enjoy being home with their family. One of the greatest joys to my wife and I is when our sons prefer to be with us at home than go to someone else's house to play. We have strived to always make our house a place that our children feel the most comfortable in and a place they would rather be than anywhere else. We also strongly feel that our home should be a place that Jesus would feel comfortable in and always welcome.