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Hi I'm William Southwick

I am a retired Spanish teacher, a happy father, husband, and grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served 11 years active duty in the U.S. Army and a dozen in the reserve components. My nine years of foreign residency includes two military tours in Germany, two Church missions in Central America, and college studies in Spain. I taught Spanish full-time for nearly thirty years in the high school I graduated from and at community college in Wyoming, and part-time at BYU as well as Mendocino College.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned that true joy in life comes from following the teachings of Jesus Christ, as best I can. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides me with many opportunities to learn, to grow, to serve, and find happiness. It promises me that through Christ's atonement and obedience and righteous living on my part, I can live with my family forever in the presence of God. What more could I want?

How I live my faith

Since we have retired, Sister Southwick and I served a temple mission in Guatemala City, and currently serve as temple president and matron at the Oakland California temple. Soon after we complete our service here (Feb 2018) we will report to the Spain Barcelona mission for 23 months where I will be the president of a small branch of the Church in La Seu D'Argell, in the Pyrenees mountains.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

William Southwick
God loves all his children and since many do not get the opportunity to know of him in this life, they will later. If they accept him later, they will still need a baptism. That baptism can only be done in this life. The only option -- vicarious baptisms, baptisms for the dead as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10: 13. Show more Show less