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Hi I'm Bill

I was born and raised in what is known as the "Bible Belt". Thanks to my grandfather, I'm a Mormon. A third generation Mormon.

About Me

I was the fifth child of 11 children born to my mother and father. I was blessed to have wonderful parents and be part of a happy home. I was the only boy until I was 9 and some contend that I was a very spolied child.   After graduating from high school, I worked for two years in the grocery business and left that business to serve for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints. Upon returning home, I worked full time and went to school full time at Memphis State University. My degree was in secondary eduaction and upon graduation, teaching jobs were scarce and I ended up in the insurance profession as a claims adjuster. My career spanned 38 years and included many tranfers over the years. We lived in Memphis, West Palm Beach, Florida, Knoxville, TN, Nashville, TN, Jackson. TN and on to the Atlanta area in Georgia. I have been a sports fan all my life with my favorite sport being baseball. I have enjoyed fishing, yard work and gardening and even though I am now retired, fishing, working in the yard and gardening do not seem to be as much fun as it was when I was younger and had very little time to devote to these activities. I am married to Regenia and we have been married over 40 years. We have a daughter and a son. Both our daughter and our son have one girl and two boys. We love being grandparents.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather had aspirations of being a minister as a youth. He spent a lot of time studying the Holy Bible. He became somewhat concerned when he concluded that according to the bible, faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost were required to enter the kingdom of heaven. None of the churches in his locality taught these principles. My grandfather started his search for a church that taught those four principles and he made it a point to ask every minister he met what was required for salvation. He was looking for an answer compatible to what was outlined in the scriptures. It was not until he was a grown man with a family that he met two "Mormon Elders" on a street in Tupelo, MS. He asked them what they taught for salvation. To his reply the missionary responded faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. A couple of years later, he was baptized as was my 10 year old father. Throughout my childhood and youth, we attended church every Sunday. However, as I got older and was faced with decisions as to what I would do with my life, I had to know for myself whether or not the things I had been taught all my life were true. I went to work to find out for myself. I read, pondered and prayed. My answer finally came that what I had been taught all my life was true. God lived, Jesus was the Christ and my prayers were answered and I knew that God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, did appear to Joseph Smith and called him to be a prophet for these latter days. The answer to my prayer was that I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. After receiving this testimony, I felt an overwhelming desire to share it with others and I proceeded toward becoming a full time missionary to serve the Lord for two years. Fifty years later, the only change is that my testimony is stronger.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my meetings on a regular basis and doing those things I am asked to do to the best of my ability. I also strive to keep the commandments of God recognizing that one of the most important commandments is to love others. I try to use the Savior's example as much as I can. I try to remember to ask myself, "What would the Savior do?". This gives me the right way to go.