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Hi I'm Bill Emery

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Honolulu with an LDS mother and a non-LDS father I grew up both going to church and knowing that my father had some habits that the church did not approve of. My parents were already in their late 40’s when I was born and they later adopted another son 6 years younger than myself who I now really appreciate as my only living direct relative. As a youth I enjoyed the many outdoor activities available in Hawaii learning to surf and SCUBA dive at an early age. In my teenage years I became very interested in folk music and later bluegrass music learning to play both the guitar and banjo. During this time I was totally inactive in the church. When it came time to go to college I followed my interest in math and physics and enrolled in engineering at the Univ. of Colorado (where I am now a professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences). Here started going to church, which began my slow conversion that was later completed as a senior in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University. Here I gained a testimony, was challenged to go on a mission (went to Germany) after which I met and married my wife of 42 years. I then received my PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Hawaii. I am now very active in church activities working in the Denver Temple and serving in my home ward. I enjoy driving and instructing for the local Rocky Mountain Region of the Porsche Club of America. I still play bluegrass and Hawaiian slack key guitar when I have time.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the easiest answer to this question is that I am happy as a Mormon and can’t see anything to change. I am glad that I don’t have to worry about the challenges of not driving after drinking alcohol. I keep hoping that they will breathalize me but it has only happened once. In many other ways I am grateful for the differences in my life as a Mormon and what my life would be life if I were not a member of the church. Nobody follows a religious philosophy without a testimony of its validity and that is true for me as well. It was during my first year at Brigham Young University that I was really challenged to find out for myself if the church was true. A key factor in this question was determining the validity of the Book of Mormon. Having read it a number of times previously without developing a conviction I read it again in a single sitting and prayed and fasted to know of its truth, which was confirmed to me by the spirit of the Lord. Once that fact had been established it was my challenge to figure out how the rest of LDS doctrine fit together. I have been very fortunate to be given the assignment to teach Sunday School in a number of wards. This has been a very valuable educational process as I have learned a lot about LDS doctrine. I now also teach priesthood giving me opportunities to learn more. Combined with daily scripture study these activities keep me informed about the church today and anciently. I am not sure if I would have accepted the gospel if I had not been exposed to it growing up. It is always rewarding to be associated with people who have made this decision to change their lives and become members of the church. In some sense all of my children (each for different reasons) have chosen to not associate with the church in their adult lives. This is something I would love to change but it is out of my hands now. We keep praying that one day they will change their minds.

How I live my faith

I guess the easiest answer to this question is that I am happy as a Mormon and can’t see anything to change. I am glad that I don’t have to worry about the challenges of not driving after drinking alcohol. I keep hoping that they will breathalize me but it has only happened once. In many other ways I am grateful for the differences in my life as a Mormon and what my life would be life if I were not a member of the church. Nobody follows a religious philosophy without a testimony of its validity and that is true for me as well. It was during my first year at Brigham Young University that I was really challenged to find out for myself if the church was true. A key factor in this question was determining the validity of the Book of Mormon. Having read it a number of times previously without developing a conviction I read it again in a single sitting and prayed and fasted to know of its truth, which was confirmed to me by the spirit of the Lord. Once that fact had been established it was my challenge to figure out how the rest of LDS doctrine fit together. I have been very fortunate to be given the assignment to teach Sunday School in a number of wards. This has been a very valuable educational process as I have learned a lot about LDS doctrine. I now also teach priesthood giving me opportunities to learn more. Combined with daily scripture study these activities keep me informed about the church today and anciently. I am not sure if I would have accepted the gospel if I had not been exposed to it growing up. It is always rewarding to be associated with people who have made this decision to change their lives and become members of the church. In some sense all of my children (each for different reasons) have chosen to not associate with the church in their adult lives. This is something I would love to change but it is out of my hands now. We keep praying that one day they will change their minds.