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Hi I'm William

I'm the youngest of four children. I love laughing and writing. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For the next two years I will be serving in the Chile Osorno Mission, the very bottom of the world. All the people I've talked to have told me how cold and beautiful that area is. I'm pretty excited because I love the outdoors! Before my mission, I hiked and camped with my friends. I can't wait to see the landscape, but even more importantly, I want to serve the people of Chile and help them learn of Jesus Christ. My mission call is very important to me. My older brother served in the Chile Rangacua Mission, so he is pretty excited that now we'll both be speaking Spanish. Serving a mission has been a goal of mine all my life. The missionaries are examples of young men and women who "have their heads on straight;" they know they can do great things and they understand the source of that power is their faith in Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to serve among them. These next two years, many of my friends and I will leave behind the basketballs, tennis courts, movies, and studies to give everything we are to serving our Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, so I grew up going to church. I've always felt good going to church. Learning about the stories in the scriptures and singing the songs was fun for me. I loved the people in my ward so church just seemed natural for me. My junior year of high school, I was selected to work in the US Senate as a senate page. This me ant I sat on the rostrum in the Senate Chamber and ran around getting drinks and making copies for the senators. It was a rigorous schedule. We went to school from 6-9 AM and then worked the rest of the day, sometimes until 9 PM, or whenever the Senate adjourned. My favorite night was the midnight session, where the majority leader called a special meeting to hold a vote. This experience in Washington was pivotal for me because it was the first time I lived on my own in a place where no one expected me to live my faith. I anticipated meeting a lot of criticism for being a Mormon; instead I made friendships based on mutual respect. One night while I said my prayers, the phone rang and my friend Alan answered. It was his mom so I expected him to talk and I'd just tune him out. Instead he whispered to her, "Hey Mom

How I live my faith

Growing up, my parents showed me through their examples how to live my faith. Eating dinner, they'd teach me and my siblings what it meant to care for others and be a part of a community. My dad and I visited families in the neighborhood and shared messages from the prophets with them. He'd encourage me to take them vegetables from our garden. We worked side-by-side in my grandparents yard. I live my faith by reading about Jesus Christ and working to emulate his example. To me, this means looking for the good in all of God's children and treating them that way. Right now my goal in life is to invite every person I meet to "come unto Christ," or receive the many blessings He offers us as we change our lives through believing His way will lead us to happiness and peace.