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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a convert. I was born and raised Catholic, attending parochial schools for 10 years, until my father died when I was 15.

About Me

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised Catholic, attending parochial schools for 10 years, until my father died. I was 15, oldest of 5 children, living in a 2 bedroom house. My mother never dated another man, as she had heard too many sad stories about how some stepfathers treated their stepchildren. I’ve always worked, starting with a paper route at 14, bought most of my own clothes since 9th grade. Upon graduation from high school, I worked in a wood furniture factory, and the following year, joined the National Guard. Basic training was at Ft. Ord, CA; AIT was at Ft. Eustis, VA. I married a high school sweetheart shortly after returning from training. We had a daughter 15 months later. I was only 21, working in a cabinet factory, but knew that I needed a career, rather than a job, to support a family. I started attending a computer programming course at a vocational school full time Monday through Friday, working a 6 hour swing shift at the cabinet factory, and attending National Guard meetings one weekend a month. Not much time for family. After completing the 18 month course, I was the first to get a job. Unfortunately, within a month, my wife filed for divorce. I felt so low that you would have had to dig up to bury me. It took almost every dollar that I earned to pay for our bills and child support. I had to move back with my mother for a short time.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I no longer had a wife, I knew that I still had a daughter to live for. Then my life began to change. I was smitten by a beautiful, stylish, young woman at the office that I worked in. Slowly, I got up the courage to talk with her, and ask her for a date. She’s 4-1/2 years younger than me, was not put off that I was divorced and that I had a 3 year old daughter. Our first real date was her Valentine Day 21st birthday. She was an inactive LDS young woman with good standards. We married on Valentine’s Day in 1975, her 24th birthday. We bought our first home together the next year, and LDS missionaries found us that same year. Our 1st daughter was born on New Year’s Day, 1977. Conversion did not come right away for me, as my Catholic upbringing taught me that if I ever fell away from “the one holy Catholic and apostolic faith,” that I would be damned for eternity. However, the LDS missionaries were tenacious, and the ward that fellowshipped our family was incredible. I never felt more loved, more a member of any group, than I did with that Elders Quorum. I was baptized in 1978. We had our second daughter in January, 1979. I was ordained with the priesthood, and was able to give her a name and a blessing. I’ll never forget that. We were sealed as a family for time and eternity on my birthday that same year in the Idaho Falls Temple. Marrying Debra, and joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are the two best decisions in my earthly life. I am truly a changed man. We've lived in Washington, Texas, Ohio, and now back in Washington. I spent 31 years in IT, then another 7 in production home building. I'm now retired. We have thirteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Our lives are focused on family and church activities. Our other love is the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. My very favorite activity is slalom water skiing.

How I live my faith

We’ve been blessed with Church activity ever since my conversion. We’ve been members of five wards in three states. We’ve always had callings, from secretarial, clerk, teaching, counselor, and we’ve both been president of different organizations. I’ve always felt overwhelmed and under qualified when receiving a new Church job, but the Lord does work in mysterious ways, and if we make the time, He’ll give us the talent, and help us fulfill our individual callings. As my mother & siblings are not members, and Debra’s family was not active in the Church, a job transfer to Texas likely made it easier for us to fully convert, become stronger as individuals and closer as our own family of four. Our very best friends are Church members. Several vacations included attending temple open houses from Seattle to Toronto. We also have participated in temple work in over 30 temples across the US. Many of our callings have involved working with the 12-18 old youth. They help us stay young at heart, and are such an inspiration. I cannot imagine life without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.