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Hi I'm Bill

I live in Georgia, am married with 5 children and 13 grandchildren, and now semi-retired. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Interests in motivation and leadership as a young man led me to bachelors and masters degrees, and a varied career in business. Jobs included controller, M&A work in media, service and energy-related industries, managing a large training center and overseeing a large beef cattle operation. After retiring, I took a crash course trading futures and options contracts, and added them to my investing activities. My favorite times, though, are activities with my wife, children and grandchildren, such as taking a handful of young boys on 'lion hunts' in the woods, taking pictures of grandchildren playing sports and joining my wife in ballroom dance lessons.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Presbyterian and studied the New Testament extensively. My high school girlfriend told me about her church and asked me to meet with the Mormon missionaries. During the discussions I heard doctrines for the first time that I thought were really weird and could not accept - angels, degrees of glory, Jesus and the Father being separate entities, baptism for dead, priesthood, modern temples, marriage for eternity, and so on. I really liked this girl so I decided to research each of these unusual Mormon beliefs in the Bible and prove to her that her religion was wrong. To my surprise, I found strong Biblical support for each doctrine - they were in the scriptures all along, I just did not understand them. All of the eternal truths I had been taught in my Protestant church are eternal truths taught in the LDS Church - so I had nothing to give up. LDS doctrines added to these truths. I did not want to change religions. I felt I was abandoning the faith and traditions of my family. But, intellectually, after a five-year effort of studying various Mormon doctrines in the Bible, I concluded that the LDS Church had the broadest and deepest foundation of Christian religious principles and doctrines of any church I knew about. For example: temples are interwoven into the religious fabric of both the Old and the New Testaments - I read about the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon's Temple, and Christ teaching in the temple in Jerusalem. So I was forced to ask myself, Which Christian churches in the world today have temples patterned after those in the Bible? When I prayed about changing churches, my answer was a feeling of peace. I was baptized at the age of 22. Almost 5 decades later I still really like the girl (now my wife) who told me about her faith, and am very grateful that I made the decision to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

There are two parts to living my faith - what you see and what you don't see. Follow me around for a couple of weeks, and you will find me enjoying attending church services on Sunday mornings, teaching classes occasionally, attending church leadership meetings, visiting members and going to the temple. What you won't see are the quiet times where I read and ponder the scriptures and solicit divine help and guidance in vocal and silent prayers. I also recently joined the local Optimists Club, a service organization dedicated to helping young people in our community.