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Hi I'm William

I am a husband and father of four teenage children, work as an engineer, and have been a Mormon since the age of 26.

About Me

Although educated and practicing in a field of engineering, I come from a literary family. Experienced in step-parenting five different LDS children in my home, I am now blessed to be married, with four teenaged children of my own. Watching and helping them to grow has been a wonder to me. I have worked and travelled over much of the United States, and I am grateful to have lived in a great land of freedom. My consciousness is very inventive, and I have several patents to my name. I've also tried to help other inventors to develop their ideas for the benefit of society. I find it very challenging indeed to bring new ideas to fruition. For many years now, I have been in persistent search for knowledge of my ancestors from Eastern and Northern Europe. Patience, the advances in technology, and diligence have been key to gaining what knowledge of my fathers that I have, and much more awaits discovery.

Why I am a Mormon

Truth has been one of my highest pursuits as long as I can remember. I grew up in a family that managed to stay together under some level of internal strife. In my youth I was not healthy, but outgrew a number of physical maladies. The world around me was undergoing rapid changes. It was a very confusing time for me. I felt a growing uneasiness with my faith, believing that a source for greater truth and a plan of happiness must be available among the children of men. I was criticized for being immature, too self centered, and I now agree that my faults were many. At times I felt alone and without much to offer anyone. I drifted, holding employment, but harbored dark thoughts of self destruction. In my own mind I was a cypher, a stranger to myself, and I knew not what to do about it. But soon after moving to a new community, in my 26th year, I answered my door one evening. Two smiling well dressed young men offered to share a message with me, and on an impulse I invited them in. They began by presenting an account of a young man named Joseph Smith, who was in search of the truth. He prayed and was soon visited by Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. To me it was as though God was willing to make the same revelation to a poor man like me, and the Spirit that night was strong in my room. In fact, it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Of course I wanted to know more and more. Even today, after being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over 30 years, I thirst and seek after knowledge of the truth. I needed then, as I need now, to make improvements in my mind, body, and way of life, but the way is clear. I am so grateful for this, and I would encourage anyone to obtain this same knowledge and commitment. The path is seldom easy, but it is sure and priceless. I know that the Lord loves me, with all of my faults and failings, and if He can do that then He must truly love everyone.

How I live my faith

Having moved frequently from place to place, I have tried to serve in a number of capacities. As a scoutmaster or WEBELOS leader, or Sunday School teacher, or some kind of secretary or clerk. At times I have been asked to simply help clean the church, or give rides to youth or to missionaries. I feel the greatest responsibility, challenge, and impact as a husband and father or step parent. Children and spouse are always in great need for support, guidance and leadership. As weak as I often am, I do thrill to be able to share with them the things that I craved in my own youth and development. We teach out children at home, and almost every night is a Family Home Evening. We often struggle, but are determined to endure to the end, and help as many to obtain eternal life as we possibly can. The work is so great, and hearts are broken, repentance frequent. Now entering my 60th year, my time may be growing short, and there is much to do. I am grateful that at any age, there are opportunities for me to give service. God, family and country.