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Hi I'm Bill

I am a transplanted Californian in New England. I am a foster-parent and a psychologist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have worked in the healthcare field for many years--first in Medicaid administration, then as a policy wonk for a non-profit, then in corporate development for a major hospital supplier. Late in life I made a career change--went to UCLA at nights, applied to graduate school and, at the age of 44, got a full scholarship to earn a PhD in Psychology. I now work for the Veterans Administration helping veterans with post-traumatic stress. I also married late in life. My wife and I have been married for four years, and in that time we have been foster-parents to fifteen children

Why I am a Mormon

I was first exposed to the Book of Mormon, and these exceptional people called Mormons, 45 years ago, by my best friend in high school. I had been attracted to the faith ever since primarily because of the example individual Mormons set. Jesus told us, "By your fruits you shall know them." As I got to know several Mormon families over the years, what I saw was close-knit and warm families. I saw their children grow up with a strong sense of ethics and responsibility. I saw adults and children alike voluntarily engage in acts of service to their community. All of those years, as much as I admired Mormons, I was not prepared to live their lifestyle. From college days on I had drifted into a life of sin and at times, shocked myself with the lack of respect with which I treated myself and others. My friends lived as chaotic a life as I did, and as long as I felt their influence, I found it impossible to leave my way of life. When I moved to New England, I left most of these friends behind and became a little bit stronger to think for myself. As I began to change my habits and be less bound to sin, a strong desire to have a family arose. As I thought about raising children, I knew I would need a community of support. I was also concerned about raising a child with strong good peer influences. This is what prompted me to begin seriously believing that I was ready to live by the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I showed up at the local Mormon chapel on Sunday in time for the service. I connected with the young missionaries who began to come to my home weekly to teach me more about the faith. I set a date for my baptism. The night before my baptism, I got down on my knees and confessed my sins to our Heavenly Father with deep regret and remorse, and a willingness to change my life. At once, I was overcome with the Lord's mercy and the power of the Atonement. I knew I had been forgiven and never had to look back. I am grateful to be a member of this Church.

How I live my faith

I have been a Mormon for five years. From the beginning, I have been deeply involved in my faith. In our faith, the office of priest is available to all men. I have had the opportunity to bless the sacrament on Sundays, give talks at church, serve as Cub Scout Committee Chairman. I have also served as Membership Clerk of our local church, been in the leadership of the men's group, and today I teach a weekly class in Gospel Principles to new members and people interested in learning about our faith. Over the years I have given prayers and blessings to children and adults, performed baptisms, and on one sad occasion, gave the blessing at an infant's graveside. The focal point of living my faith, however, is in serving as husband and father. Faith is an integral part of our home. We teach our children about God's love. We read the scriptures together, and we pray as a individuals and as a family. As husband and father, I have a special responsibility to attend to my family's spiritual life, by showing my devotion to Jesus Christ through example, and by being very involved with our children

What is being a Mormon like?

Bill
Being a Mormon is knowing that you have a family of brothers and sisters who "have your back." You have a place you know your children are safe and are surrounded by good influences and positive peer pressure to "choose the right." Being a Mormon is being fortunate enough to have a clear roadmap of God's Plan for Happiness. Show more Show less