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Hi I'm Bill

I am a husband and a father of three. I enjoy sports, and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married for over 20 years and have three children. Because of my profession, I have relocated my family 10 times. We have lived in Montana, Alaska, Minnesota and Arizona. I enjoy all sports, but really like football and UFC. I grew up in Montana and love the outdoors. I have successfully hunted big game in Montana, Alaska, and Arizona. I like paint balling with my friends and family, and riding quads on mountain trails.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to a wonderful Assembly of God church, when I got married my wife was a Mormon and we agreed that even though I would not join the LDS church that we would raise our children LDS. I have always had a testimony and a relationship with God and our savior, his son Jesus Christ. My first 10 years of marriage was a learning experience for me. I would attend church with my wife and young children, I still remember the first time I attended a baptism and the wonderful spirit that filled my heart. I loved watching my children attending primary and the lessons they where being taught. I also had a wonderful testimony on paying tithing. My wife was a stay at home mom, selling Mary Kay on the side. She asked if we could pay tithing, I told her that she could pay tithing on what she made, but I would make contributions with my income how I saw fit. I was visiting with my mom, who is not LDS, one day on tithing and I remember her telling me that I needed to be obedient and pay tithing and that the Lord would determine how to spend it. I began a full tithe at that time and have been richly blessed ever since. I had been married 10 years and was attending gospel lessons when I was asked to join the LDS church. I was very nervous but spent time praying about the decision and knew this was something I wanted to do. I had a confirmation that this decision would change not only my life but also the relationship I had with my wife and children. After I joined the church there was still so much to learn. I realized that now I had to live the gospel. I had to quit drinking, attend church meetings, take on church assignments (we refer to these as callings), read my scriptures and pray. I can tell you from first hand experience these activities have brought me closer to God and that my life has been richly blessed. Today my oldest son is serving a 2 year mission. His example is having a positive impact on our entire family.

How I live my faith

I feel very fortunate to have the gospel in my life as it provides a spiritual compass that is true north. Participating in church activities is very important to our family and provides us many opportunities to serve one another and those in our community. For 4 years I participated in programs with our young men ages 14 and 15. We had so many wonderful experiences together, including camping, sports and learning the gospel. I recall one experience we shared with the young men during a scout outing. We had asked these young men to take 30 minutes, in the early morning hours, to ponder the relationship they have with their Heavenly Father. You should have seen the sight, young men scattered across a hill side praying with scriptures and journal in hand. What a wonderful opportunity to build all of our testimonies. Many of these young men have also achieved the goal and obtained their Eagle award in scouting. Each year we are able to attend an Easter Pageant at our local Temple site. This is a wonderful time to reflect on the incredible sacrifice our Savior, Jesus Christ made for us and that because of this gift our sins can be forgiven. Being Mormon does not mean you will be perfect or that your life will be void of problems to solve. Being Mormon provides me with good friends all trying to be the best they can be while working to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I have made a real effort to have personal daily scripture study and prayer. This only takes minutes a day and for me, because I read and pray in the morning has really made a difference in how I start my day. I would recommend it to anyone. I find so much comfort and peace in prayer and scripture study. What a wonderful time to have the spirit provide you personal inspiration on how you should live your life or deal with problems you may be facing. I find so much joy in living the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.