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Hi I'm Bill Perron

I grew up in Idaho. Mother made sure we went to church. Dad made sure we fished the best trout streams. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of eight children and have 21 grandchildren. I have been very successful in business - now retired - but I have always put my Savior and my family before business. As a result I have no regrets in life. I am a "happy" individual and often tell people "there isn't a happier man on the face of the earth." I grew up in Idaho, went away to college, interrupting my schooling to serve a mission for my church in New Zealand. After completing my schooling and getting married I spent 40 years pursuing my business career living in Arizona, Texas, and California. When I retired my wife and I returned to Idaho where we both grew up. My mother was still living - aged 96 - and in good health; my wife's parents were both still living and in good health so coming back home to Idaho was an easy decision.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My mother was a member my father was not. Dad always came to church with us but he had never been baptized into any religion. When I was eight years old my father and I were both baptized. We went to church as a family. Participation in religious activities has always been a part of my life. With that being said, I was “converted” at the age of 17 – I am now 69 – I have been enthusiastically involved since my conversion. Here is some of my story. When I was 8 years old on a beautiful summer day I was engaged in a baseball game with some neighborhood friends. This happened to be on a day when there were religious-activities for the children in our congregation. I left the ball game long enough to go into the house to tell mom I wasn't going to church, I was “in the middle of a baseball game.” Mother said: "Billy I can tell you this if you go to your church-activity you will be happier now and always." I went back and notified the guys I was going to church. When I was a teenager I attended a daily, early morning, religious study, class - 6:00 A.M. - before going onto high school. There were days when I didn't want to go and told mother I was going to sleep in. Mother simply said: "Bill, the choice is yours but you will be happier now and forever if go to your religious studies." I kept attending. When I was 17 just before lunch break at high school a girl-friend came to me and asked if I would “discuss a religious matter with her during lunch?” “Sure!” Her question: “Do babies need to be baptized?” “Why are you asking?” "My parents had a baby that died without being christened, our minister told us the baby went to perdition. My family is distressed!" I reached into the back seat of my car for my scriptures. Opening them I read: “little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; little children need no repentance, neither baptism.” What a happy moment! I had real answers to real questions. How exciting!

How I live my faith

At present my wife and I have been called to serve a mission for our church in New Zealand supporting ourselves with money we have saved. However living my faith I discovered at a young age involved more than attending church. After I was married and starting a career I found that a career could consume all of your time if one allowed such to happen. Being determined to make sure I also had time for my family and for spiritual things I spent a significant amount of time determining who I was and what was really important to me. My final analysis in the order of importance: 1) Be a good husband; 2) Be a good father; 3) Be a good member of the church; 4) Be financially independent. I changed jobs and made all decisions going forward based upon this framework. I found that all of this could be done and one did not have to be sacrificed for another. For example: I became CEO of corporation serving customers nationwide. I served as a church leader overseeing a congregation of 900 members. I served as a church leader overseeing as many as eight congregations. During this same time I coached my sons little league teams for 16 years. It would go like this - leave the office and drive directly to the little league field and coach the boys in a business suit, go to the car after practice, brush the dust off my shoes with a shoe brush I kept in the car, drive home for a sit down dinner with the family and then drive to the church to fulfill responsibilities. My wife and I would take vacations with the family and to get away by ourselves. Every year the boys and I would take a week and go fishing and backpacking into high mountain lakes. I spent 10 years working with boys in the Boy Scouts of America. For 13 years I went to girls camp for a week as a leader to support the young women and their leaders. Faith is much more than just going to church but still our family attended church weekly. Last but not least, I am married to the greatest woman in the world.