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Hi I'm Bill

I was a soldier and I recently retired after 33 years as a police officer. I'm adjusting to a slower pace. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in San Francisco. When I was 18 years old, I joined the United States Army and spent 4 years in Germany. I served in the Field Artillery as a Pershing Missile Crewman. I returned to the Bay Area, completed college, and served two additional years in the U.S. Army Reserves before joining the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). I love police work. Everyday is a new adventure. During my 33 years with the SFPD, I worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a patrol sergeant, and a violent crimes investigator. I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and managed the SFPD's Robbery Detail and the Bank Robbery Apprehension Team. I transferred out of the Investigations Bureau and returned to patrol for a few years until retiring a few months ago as a Platoon Commander at a busy District Police Station. I've been a Criminal Investigations Instructor for 16 years and I continue to be involved in training police officers. I have been married for 37 years, have 4 children, and 7 grandchildren. I have always placed my family ahead of everything else. A Prophet once said and that, "No success can compensate for failure in the home." I try to live-up to that prophetic counsel. When my wife and I are not visiting with our children and grandchildren, we travel. I currently enjoy cycling to stay in shape. In my spare time, I'm usually out taking pictures or cooking a new recipe.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church gives me the spiritual strength and guidance I need. It helps me as a husband, a father, and a person. I don't know where I'd be at this point in my life without the Church and I am grateful for the blessings I constantly receive from my Heavenly Father. The Church has been a positive inspiration to me throughout my life and especially during my police career. Police Officers are immersed in the dark and evil side of our society. I have seen it adversely affect may officers' lives. The German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, " He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster." The teachings of the Church, heeding the counsel of Church Leaders, praying, studying the scriptures, and associating with active members of the Church, has spiritually strengthened and protected me as I "fought with monsters" but avoided becoming one. I'm far from perfect. I have sinned but the atonement of Jesus Christ has enabled me to repent and work to improve myself. I'm a Mormon because it is who I am. I know The Book of Mormon is true. I have read it from cover to cover many times. Each time I read it, I gain a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of the Church and find so many answers to my prayers. We may live in perilous times, but I know Heavenly Father will bless and watch over us when we keep his commandments and exercise our faith in him and his son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I work at being a good example and having integrity. I maintain a good sense of humor about life and about the situations that people get themselves involved in. I'm not the type to openly discuss Gospel principles with strangers but I will share my testimony if the opportunity presents itself. I maintain a good rapport with friends and acquaintances of many different religions and all walks of life. It is no secret to them that I am a Mormon. I live my faith by accepting "callings" to serve in different organizations of the Church. Some of these callings consisted of: a Sunday School instructor teaching the Gospel to young men and women from the ages of 12 through 18, a Boy Scout leader teaching scouts from the ages of 10 through 18, and a Family History Consultant and Instructor, teaching genealogy research. I also served several times in various leadership positions in the Priesthood Quorums of The Church and as an Executive Secretary in the Bishopric.