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Hi I'm Bill Colebeck

The greatest joy in my life is drawing near to God. When I am near Him I am at my best in all that I do. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 43 years. I like spending time with my wife, especially those rare occasions when we share a quiet day at home. Those occasions are rare, because we are blessed with lives full of "to dos", opportunities to travel, hobbies and personal interests and, best of all, spending time with our five children and their families, which includes six grandchildren. How fortunate we are to have all our children living close to us. I enjoy history whether visiting historical sites, reading books that bring history alive or watching documentaries on television. I enjoy the adventure of hiking or camping in the desert - when the weather is cool enough, that is! I cherish time with friends. I have old friends from elementary school, who were my best friends through high school. Getting together with them is particularly sweet, because we started as friends before career and family entered the picture. Now our careers are over and our families have grown and started their own families. Seven years ago I retired and these past seven years have been the best years of my life. Being retired has given me the time to do things that have filled my life, broadened my horizons, given me great experiences - things that have caused me to grow.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager I realized I had no personal basis to belief in the existence of God, so I elected at that time to not believe there was a God. Several years later, while serving in the US Army, I had an epiphany in which I learned that God lives and that He loves. With this knowledge I felt it was important to learn how to pray. Though I had prayed as a child, at that time I felt I needed to be taught how to pray. I was blessed to have someone introduce me to Mormon Missionaries who taught me how to pray. Their intent was for me to ask about the Church. My intent was to communicate with the Being who had touched and enriched my life just a few weeks earlier. Prayer has become the rock upon which I live my life. It has opened my soul to a spiritual life. On occasion I have learned truths directly from God. One truth being that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it the most complete of all churches in administering the gospel of Jesus Christ. But the greatest blessing of prayer is the one-on-one association with God. That association has led to a refining of my soul that I cherish most dearly. I view my membership in the church as a means to develop into a true disciple of Christ. The instruction, the example of good people, the opportunities to serve, the blessings of the Holy Ghost and the priesthood all contribute to my development. That is why I am happy to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in the Church. There is a special spirit that service brings into my life. Service has also blessed me wonderful friendships and special associations.