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Hi I'm William

I'm a creator: a physicist, a writer, an artist, a programmer, and a Mormon.

About Me

I love creating, whether it be with equations, programs, Legos, wood, sheet metal, or rubbish I find on the side of the road, I love being able to organize the matter around me into something functional and useful. I have a deep love for the universe and a desire to understand how it works, so I study physics (currently at Brigham Young University). My current plan is to become a professor so I can both teach and do research. Being able to express reality in terms of equations is so beautiful to me. I love programming because it allows us to model reality, which gives us glimpses into the universe's inner workings. I also love writing. I'm currently writing an allegory that touches themes such as revelation, depression, and freedom. Though I'm not a professional, I'm always excited to brighten someone's day, even if it's only a little bit. I am the middle of seven; three older sisters, two younger, and a younger brother. I love them dearly, and am blessed to have been given them to help me. I'm an eagle scout and have had many other leadership roles. In high school, I was privileged to be the trumpet section leader for my high school, and got the opportunity to work with and befriend 30 brilliant musicians. I've been called as a choir director many times. I really enjoy standing at the front of so many talented singers, listening to the sweet chords they sing that invite the Spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

I have often compared my testimony to two sides of a coin: the logical aspect and the spiritual aspect. At times when I am depressed and my spirit is weak, I am comforted by the evidence I have seen in logic - the Book of Mormon, the change it has wrought in my life and in the lives of others; the evidence I have seen in other scriptures; other's experiences; all confirming the truthfulness of the church. At times when I am faced with questions I can't answer yet, I am comforted by the evidence I have seen from the spirit in my own life - the answers I have received through prayer, the spirit I have felt and testified of in so many instances, the faith I have exercised in repentance and the Saviour. These things have assured me that the church is true. We are not only blessed in the next life for living god's way - I have learned through personal experience that obeying the commandments of Jesus Christ makes us happier than following our own will. As living by the commandments gives us a lasting happiness, it is only logical to live the way God wills us to. So, I do! And I am blessed for it!

How I live my faith

The purpose of our life is to become like our Heavenly Father. The commandments He gives aren't meant to be restricting—they're the guidelines for how He lives His life. One of the first scriptures I memorized was 2 Ne 2:25—that we are meant to have joy—long-lasting happiness. I have seen for myself that obedience to God's commandments is the way to find this joy. To get that joy, it requires faith—hope that there is a God who knows more than we do, and therefore acting on that belief. We don't see the effects of our faith until we act on it though, and I have seen for myself that trusting in God will direct your paths for good, and lead you to that long-lasting happiness we so desire. When I was called to the Scotland/Ireland Mission, I only went because I believed God wanted me to—I'm more introverted and find talking to new people exhausting. But as I continued to serve, I experienced a great change of heart. The process was painful at times, but was worth it; I was born again. I now serve because of the fire of my testimony that burns withing me. I know that this church is true, and am so excited for this opportunity to serve my brothers and sisters.