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Hi I'm William Pritchard

I love to do musical theater and play music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to do theater. Acting, dancing, and especially singing. It has been a great opportunity and blessing when I can share my testimony through song. I play the guitar and clarinet and also working on the banjo and piano. I'm currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Rancho Cucamonga California mission and loving it. When I get back home I want to go to college although I'm not sure where or what I want to study yet.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church but didn't really find out that it was true until I was maybe about eighteen. Being a Native American my family and I sometimes get to participate in various ceremonies and one that we did participate in was basically a long fasting session, we were to fast for about a week and one of the things that I wanted to fast for was to know if I was to go on a Mormon mission. That whole week I never got my answer. But the follow week I was to receive my patriarchal blessing and one of the first things that was called to my attention was that I needed to serve my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. When I heard this I began to crying because the Spirit of the Lord was so powerful and the feelings that I felt was so familiar and loving. That whole experience was the beginning of my testimony of the Lord's true church. I would later find out that the Book of Mormon was truth also. I remember driving down a road and having trouble trying to fight the influence of the adversary when I received an impression. I was told to stop the car and pull out my scriptures and read, I began to read 2 Nephi 4 in the Book of Mormon that has the Prophet Nephi's testimony of the Savior and his devotion to him. Once again that amazing feeling of the Spirit came back and I began to know that the Book of Mormon was true! And as I continue to read it, ponder its teachings, and pray about it I continue to feel those special feelings. After more and more experiences I do know that this is Christ's true Church that was Restored just like as it was in his time by the Prophet Joseph Smith and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God very much like the Bible and that anyone who truly desires it will come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ just like I have.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but before I volunteered at the Juvenal Justice System and a few prisons to help the inmates. I think the biggest way that I live my faith is just trying. To continue to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to do the things that he would want me to do.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

William Pritchard
Men and women have different sacred roles in life. Although women don't hold the priesthood they can still use it, there are many accounts of women accessing the priesthood but one of my favorites is of a woman who was crossing the great plains to Salt Lake. One of her oxen pulling her cart gave up but having faith in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Priesthood that her husband bore she commanded her ox to rise and keep going, and it did. Men and women are also equals in the church and personally I believe that the power of bringing life into the world is beautiful and sacred, only women can do this. So without the priesthood men wouldn't be equal to woman at all. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. said: “The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise.” Show more Show less