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Hi I'm Bill Crawford

I am a devoted husband and father. I flew F-16s and B-2 Bombers. I love to make pizza. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been a dreamer. I like to try new and challenging things. When I was very young and arrogant, I thought I would try to become an Air Force fighter pilot, always wondering if I was actually capable of such a thing. After graduating from college I attended pilot training in Texas and then flew F-16s for three years. My family is very important to me. I found an assignment where I could fly jets and still have a really good family life -- flying the Stealth Bomber. Most of my pilot buddies wanted to fly for the airlines, but I fell in love with the idea of starting my own business, so I applied to business school. I moved with my wife and four children to Boston for another great adventure at Harvard Business School. I also fell in love with authentic wood fired pizza. I love the way the flame dances in the oven, the way the crust puffs and bubbles in the extreme heat, and the way the cheese melts into a chewy bite of heaven. I have a little pizza business, and the whole family gets involved. It's a fun way to learn and serve together.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was 12. After my parents divorced, I went to live with a my widow aunt, where I slept on a sofa bed in the family room. I began attending church with her family, and eventually asked to have the missionary lessons. Although I was still a kid, I took the message very seriously. I wanted to make sure I was committed to live the standards of the church. Shortly after my baptism, I moved away from my aunt's home to live with my dad. Being the only Mormon in my home was challenging. I was scared to go to a new church where I had no friends and didn't know anyone. I was relieved to find that my new congregation was filled with loving and friendly people who accepted me, helped me and taught me to serve. I saw a big difference in the lives of my Mormon friends and those who did not share those beliefs. My church taught me to live a morally clean life - free from drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc... I participated in service projects, spoke in church meetings, and visited families to share Gospel messages. As I actively participated in the church, my faith grew stronger. I learned that Jesus Christ is my personal savior, and that He knows me and loves me. I still have a long way to go as I try to become more like Jesus. Going to church, reading the scriptures and prayer are only the beginning. Every day I need His grace to change my heart and to be filled with His love.

How I live my faith

I strive to be my best self every day. My family attends church every week, where I teach 7-year-old children during our weekly primary classes - two hours of singing, learning and sharing Gospel lessons. Our family begins each day with a scripture devotional and prayer. We take turns sharing inspirational thoughts from the Bible, Book of Mormon or other inspired writings. Each week we set aside Monday evening for Family Home Evening, where we sing, learn and play together. I have noticed a real difference in how our children treat each other, and how well we get along as a family since we have started more regular prayer and devotionals. I also teach business management classes at BYU-Idaho. We start each class with a prayer, and I am often able to relate business management principles to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.