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Hi I'm Bill

I am an engineer who likes sports (playing and watching), reading, computers and chess. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have raised two boys who became Eagle scouts, served missions for the Church and are now happily married. I have always been interested in sports, both from a playing and watching perspective. I still enjoy playing basketball and watching college basketball and football. I like computers, reading and playing a good game of chess. I also enjoy searching my ancestry, though it has proven difficult at times. I am an engineer with a graduate degree in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a speciality in carbon materials. I currently work in an R&D group for a semiconductor company in North Carolina where I get to enjoy college hoops in the ACC. I enjoy traveling and cruises, having been on an Alaskan cruise as well as a Carribean cruise.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Lutheran and was always curious about religion. My minister could not answer my questions. When I attended college, I attended many different faiths and studied various religions of the world. Still none satisfied my questions. Later I married a Catholic and we went about our lives, basically not practicing any religion for a number of years. One day shortly after moving to Texas two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on our door. I was curious and invited them back. It took me more than a year to satisfy my intellectual curiosity and reach a point where I began to truly want to know if the message they presented was true and ultimately I gained a testimony of the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Over 30 years later, my wife and I have no regrets.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church both in leadership capacities as well as teaching children and youth. I have served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, and worked with the Young Men's program with 12-18 year old young men. I have worked with the Church missionary program coordinating missionary work in our local congregation. I have worked with the adult men of the Church in leadership roles organizing various activities within our congregation as well as Sunday lessons for instruction. I have also worked on a regional basis, similar to the Catholic Diocese, where I work with multiple congregations having responsibilities for the records of the Church, both membership and financial as well as the technology employed to facilitate the work. I also had the opportunity to serve as a Bishop (minister or pastor) of a local congregation when in Texas for over 5 years. All of this work is as a lay person, as we are not compensated financially. Consequently, I work a full time job to support my family and fullfill my church responsibilities in addition to my full time job. I feel blessed many times over as I see lives changed for the better through the service rendered by the members of the Church for not only our members, but the community at large on a global basis. I know now as I did when I joined the Church over 30 years ago, that this is truly the Church of Jesus Christ restored in these latter days.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Bill
We believe in Jesus Christ, who as the Son of God, died for our sins, was resurrected and will one day, be our Judge. His life, death and subsequent resurrection are a fulfillment of many scriptural prophesies, including his birth as a literal Son of God. He also was the Creator of this earth. Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). Jesus lived on the earth, taught by word and example how people should live, love God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and his willing sacrifice, or giving of His life on the cross, he performed the Atonement and saved us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we put our faith in Him. Because of the Atonement, we can be forgiven of our sins when we sincerely repent (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame physical death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, where our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42) and having Atoned for all of our sins, will know us and judge us accordingly. He truly is our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Bill
Yes, we have had the Bible, but a number of Bible scriptures, both old and new testament (Amos 8:11-12; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3), prophesy about a general loss of gospel truths that would occur. This is referred to as the Apostasy. Jesus Christ established His Church during his ministry on earth. After His crucifixion and Ascension to Heaven, His Apostles carried on His work under His direction, through revelation and with His priesthood authority. After all the Apostles were killed, the Lord took the priesthood authority and His Church from the earth. Without God’s priesthood authority, many plain and simple truths were lost through many translations of the Bible. Ordinances were changed and the Church was no longer the same as Jesus Christ had established. The Apostle Peter prophesied of the “restitution of all things” before Christ’s Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). Since the Apostasy did occur, the fulness of the gospel needed to be restored again to earth, so the earths inhabitants could once more have the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ available to them. Joseph Smith’s First Vision was the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. In Joseph Smith's short lifetime, Christ restored His priesthood and re-established His Church. He continues to reveal truths through His prophets on the earth at this time and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth during the Apostasy. Show more Show less