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Hi I'm Bill

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and have spent most of the last 40 years as a commercial and military pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Almost 45 yrs ago I graduated from university and entered the U. S. Air Force to become a military pilot. I met my wife 2 years later, married only 6 months after we met, and have been together "through thick and thin" ever since. We are the parents of 3 children, though our first died after only 9 months. I served for 20 years in the military and spent the entire time in the USA; living in Texas, California and South Dakota.... so much for "join the military, see the world". After leaving the military we struggled financially for a few years, but then I was blessed to be hired as an airline pilot. Since then I have more than made up for my limited military travels and have been all over the world during 21 years as a commercial pilot, flying to every continent except Antarctica. I finally reached the age for "mandatory retirement" a few years ago, so my flying days are over. I miss the travel but am happy to have more time to spend with my wife, catching up on projects around the house (hers and mine) and going on trips together to places I visited during my flying years. I can also spend more time on long-neglected hobbies such as landscaping, researching our "family trees" and writing family histories. We're still hoping for grandchildren, though their absence doesn't keep us from enjoying our daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in another Christian faith and attended their church schools up through secondary education. My mother was devout; my dad attended no church but was supportive of my mother's religious efforts in raising the 7 children in our family. Doubts concerning religious docrtine first surfaced in my junior year of high school and persisted when I went away to university. I resolved that the Savior's true church was no longer on the earth and that I would just "do unto others as I hoped they would do unto me". Not much to hold onto when the usual temptations of life came my way. I had never heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints until I attended an 8-week field camp in Ephraim, Utah as part of my Geology degree requirements for the university. My first weekend there I met one of the local college-aged girls who was a member of the church. We began dating. On at least two occasions when she was sharing her feelings about the church she would cry. I didn't know what to think; I had never seen such behavior. Either she was "nuts" or she had something in her life that was really special. We kept in touch during my last year of university, and I visited her again the summer I graduated. She was now living in Salt Lake City. She took me to Temple Square and we went through all the Visitor Center exhibits. All the points of doctrine she had explained the year before began to fall into place. I picked up some "tracts" while there, and after I concluded my visit with her I read them. The one that touched me the most and caused me to seriously consider whether this really was Christ's restored church was titled "The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith". Shortly thereafter I entered the military and contacted the missionaries. By study and prayer I learned for myself that this truly is the restored church of Jesus Christ. Joining the church has been the most important decision of my life, and I have been blessed immensely in the 39 yrs since.

How I live my faith

When I first joined the church the most important thing to me was to find those who would help me keep the covenants I made at baptism to follow my Savior, Jesus Christ. I found that support through the local church congregation. As they helped me they asked me to help others. Though I was new in the church I was asked to teach the 12 yr old boys. I was also asked to visit church families and offer assistance as needed. Through the church's programs for young single adults I met my wife two years later. She has always been my greatest support in being a disciple of Jesus Christ and in teaching our children to follow Him, too. The biggest challenge in living my faith as an airline pilot was my unpredictable schedule and being away from home over half of each month. My schedule prevented me from serving in a church position requiring regular attendance. I could not teach a Sunday School class, nor teach a youth class during the week. However, I was able to attend church throughout the world. I could look on the church's website and find the nearest congregation's location and meeting times. My wife and I now serve weekly at our local temple, and in my travels I was able to attend church temples throughout the world. Being away from home poses other challenges in living my faith. I have seen it pose too great a temptation for some that I worked with. But I used multiple tools to help me. The most important tool is the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. That "still small voice" warned me to avoid places or situations where I might be tempted. He also gave me courage and determination to overcome any peer pressure to compromise my standards. Happily, like faith, the more I listened and did what the Holy Spirit directs, the stronger I became and the easier it was to follow His promptings in the future. Other tools I used "on the road" include scripture study, personal prayer, and regular phone calls to my wife using Skype voice and video.