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Hi I'm William

I love exercising and being outdoors. I love reading and writing, movies and music: anything with a story to tell. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but lived in several places because of my dad's job working for the federal fish and wildlife service. This includes one of the southernmost towns in Arizona, as well as a region known as the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'm currently a college student at Utah State University studying English and Political Science with the intent to become a fantasy and science fiction author, as well as a politician (maybe...). My family and I share a great love of literature, which was part of my inspiration for wanting to become a writer. My dad passed away my sophomore year of high school, leaving behind me, my mother, and my older sister, and though we miss him a lot, we know that the separation is only temporary. I was fairly academic in high school, ranked second in my class, was actively involved in National Honor Society and other organizations, and just all around loved learning. School was still a challenge, as I struggled with my self esteem and had trouble bonding with new people, but over time I managed to overcome these problems and build confidence in the person that I am. I was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America program, earning my Eagle Scout award when I was seventeen. I love to read, write, and spend time outdoors. Exercise is my passion, and I find it to be way too much fun.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in the LDS church by my mother, there have been times when my faith has been shaken and my testimony of the gospel has faltered. My father wasn't a member of the church, and there were often discrepancies between his my mom's definitions of "standards." I always viewed my dad as the person I could go to if I wanted to drive a wedge between myself and the church, as I knew that there were certain "fun things" which he and I could do together that my mom didn't exactly approve of. Looking back, I'm really thankful for the time I had to spend with him, as our relationship went through some rough patches as I got older. However, after a sudden cancer diagnosis when I was fourteen, my family seemed to come to a crossroads. He realized that he didn't have much time left, and in an act of humility which I had never before seen him show, he prayed to our Heavenly Father for guidance as to what he was supposed to do. The answer came immediately when my mom invited him one last time to read the Book of Mormon. He finished it in a matter of days, took the missionary discussions, and was baptized. I couldn't believe the change that immediately came over my home. We stopped arguing so much amongst ourselves, we did more things as a family (including going to church!), and did everything we could to stand by one another. This sudden change of heart that he had experiences really touched my own, and it gave me the desire to continue building my own testimony.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite ways to exercise faith is through service. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet King Benjamin taught that "when ye are in the service of your fellow man, ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17). I have tried to take these words to heart throughout my life, especially in recent years, as I've made it a point to do everything that I can to show my love for others and for our Heavenly Father through my actions. In the Bible, the Apostle James teaches that "faith without works is dead. Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works" (James 2:17). Truer words have never been spoken, and I now recognize that the faith which we have, should it be true faith, prompts us to action. These faithful actions often come in the form of small, spontaneous acts of kindness, such as a friendly wave or a smile, a polite gesture, or an offer of assistance. We have no way of knowing how such measures will be received, but what matters is the faith that we are willing to show in ourselves, others, and in the promptings of the Holy Ghost that something good will come to pass because of our open expressions of the Light of Christ. As of right now, I'm serving in the Texas Houston Mission, Spanish-speaking, helping others draw closer unto our Savior and follow his example. It is definitely a challenge, but beyond that a blessing, to be able to helps others to find the same knowledge which has helped form the person that I am today.