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Hi I'm S H Bishop of Bliss

I went to Ricks College in 1969 to be baptized. I never regretted that decision.

About Me

I joined the LDS Church at the age of 18 and the Lord called me on a mission in less than a year. After my mission I worked and then joined the United States Marine Corps. I married a returned Sister Missionary in the Idaho Falls Temple, and she followed me around the world for the next 20 years until I retired. We have five children of our own and claim an 'extra' daughter because some children need an extra parent and some parents have room for extra children. After retiring from the Corps we returned to my home town in southern Idaho. All six of our children have left home and are married (five in the Temple), and we have 20 grandchildren, whom the wife spoils and I tease.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I had strong belief that marriages should be forever, not just until 'Death Do You Part.' When I learned that this was an integral part of the Plan of Salvation I knew that I had to be a member of the LDS Church. I went to Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) so I could be baptized, and to learn more about the Church. While there I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and through the power of the Holy Ghost I learned that it was true. After I was baptized in November of 1969 the Lord told me when I would be reporting as a missionary, and despite not wanting to go (not being raised in the Church I did not grow up wanting to be a missionary) I decided to obey and I reported to the Missionary Training Center on the day I had been told by the Lord. I really wanted to marry my college girlfriend, but the Lord told me, No.' After my mission I met another young lady, and this time the Lord told me, 'Yes.' The Lord also told her, "Yes.' We have been married for over 40 years. The Lord told me the gender of our first child before she was born (and this was back when you did not know the gender until after the baby was born). He has also told me several times of upcoming leadership positions I would hold, and who would be serving with me. But personal revelation and inspiration is not the only reasons that I belong to the LDS Church and attend faithfully. I have also learned that by obeying the commandments that the Lord has given us through his Prophets that I could avoid the pains and miseries that come from following the latest social mores.

How I live my faith

I have served in several Men's Organizations, taught young children, was a Boy Scout Leader, assisted area local church leaders, and held several clerical positions. We have been blessed to serve in a small branch about 50 miles from home because they need extra help just like one of our daughters needed extra parents. We have attended church in seven states and three countries (me being a career Marine caused us to move around a lot). Because my home town has very few Latter Day Saints in it I feel that I represent the Church to my neighbors. My Mother is a member of the local Christian Church and through her I met their Pastor. I have worked with him on several welfare projects because we agree that helping people is what the Lord wants us to do, without regard to church affiliation.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

S H Bishop of Bliss
I work closely with the Pastor of the local community church to help the widows in our community. We might have our doctrinal differences, but we both believe that one of the basic tenets of being a follower of Christ is to take care of the widows and the afflicted. Show more Show less