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Hi I'm Bill

I am a retired sailor; a retired college professor; a rancher; a father; a grandfather; a great grandfather, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My interests are wide and varied. After serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, my family and I moved half way across the United States in order for me to attend a Counselor Education Doctoral Program. Upon graduation, I worked as a college counselor and adviser. Eventually, I moved to the academic side of the college and became a Psychology Professor. I have loved every job I have had in the Navy and as an employee at the college. Upon retirement, I started raising Angus Beef, and still enjoy working with cattle and horses. At the age of 73, I enjoy time with my five children; my sixteen grand children; and six of my seven great grandchildren. I look forward to the time when I can be reunited with my great grand child, Sophey, who died just before birth. My wife and I served as Service Missionaries and Temple Ordinance Workers before being called on a Full-time Mission as Area Mental Health Advisers. Our Service Mission and Temple work included a once per week trip to Denver, Colorado to serve the patrons of the Bishop's Storehouse or those that attended the Denver Temple. We are now able to serve 18 Mission Presidents and the Full-time Missionaries that serve under there leadership in the Southeastern Area of the United States. These missions are located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. It keeps us busy, and we love it!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and father raised me with Christian values. We attended Protestant services almost every Sunday from the time I can remember. As I became an adult and joined the Navy, I took these values and my love for Jesus Christ with me aboard ship. The Executive Officer of the ship appointed me to serve as the Protestant Lay Leader. My job was to conduct Sunday Services; be an example to the ship's crew; and be available for pastoral type counseling. After leaving the ship and completing several shore duty assignments, I met with two young men serving their missions in Pensacola, Florida. We were not attending any church at the time, and my three children were not being taught the gospel. When the fullness of the gospel message was presented to me, I followed the admonition of James 1:5 and asked God if the information I was receiving from the missionaries was true. The answer was immediate and affirmative. I was baptized and have never looked back.

How I live my faith

After joining the church, I was ordained to the Priesthood and allowed to grow and progress through the callings I received from my Bishop. I currently serve as a Full-time Missionary, which occupies most of my time. I plan to ask the Bishop in my current ward if I can also serve as a Home Teacher. In the church, each family is entitled to a pastoral visit at least once per month. This visit is conducted by the Home Teacher, who shares a short spiritual message; checks on the well-being of the family; and becomes a special friend to each individual member of the family. I enjoy making my visits special for the children in the families I visit. I always remember special occasions, i.e. birthdays, and I try to be in attendance at important events in their lives. Though our visits are brief (generally less than half an hour), we bring the love of the Savior into their homes. I also never turn down an opportunity to serve members of the community. In time of need, I ask other members of our congregation to show up for special projects. Not too many years ago, members of our congregation assisted another church in the repair and restoration of their building. Over three Saturdays, we contributed approximately 350 man and woman hours to this project. When I ask for service assistance, I have never been turned down by the members of the church.