What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Bill

I like being a grandparent and I enjoy classical music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Several years ago I retired from a job that gave me the opportunity to visit many fascinating countries in South Asia. I especially enjoyed visiting Kathmandu, Nepal because it felt exotic but comfortable. My wife and I have eight grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. I have been blessed with a love of music, both listening and performing. I used to play the French Horn and I learned to play the reorder. A couple of years ago I decided to learn to sing and began taking voice lessons. I sing in a large choir that performs religious and patriotic music. I love to communicate the message of Christ through song because it can touch hearts more deeply than words alone.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Presbyterian home, but by the time I got into high school, I became an agnostic. I did not know whether God was really there and doubted that one could know. When I got into college, I had a friend who had been an atheist who became a Mormon. I was pretty shocked and she persuaded me to meet with the Mormon missionaries. They explained how Jesus Christ had organized a church and called and ordained 12 apostles to lead the church by the spirit of prophecy. When one was killed, another was called to take his place, maintaining a quorum of 12 apostles (see Acts, chapter 1). While the apostles were alive, a big part of their ministry was to correct false doctrines that began to creep into the church. Eventually, when the apostles were all killed and they were unable to reconstitute the quorum, the leadership of living apostles was lost. They also explained that God had called Joseph Smith as a prophet and through him called and ordained new apostles and organized his church, again led by living apostles and prophets. I told the missionaries that if the biblical God existed, it made sense that He would have His church led by living apostles and prophets, just as in biblical times. However, there was one problem: I did not believe that God existed. They just told me to pray to ask if He was there. That made a lot of sense. If He was not there, He could not answer and, if He were there, why shouldn't He answer me? So I started reading the scriptures, attending church meetings and praying to ask God if He were really there. After a couple of weeks, I faced a challenge and felt the need to ask for God's help. As I prayed, I received a marvelous answer. A warm feeling spread throughout my body and pure knowledge poured into me that God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, Joseph Smith was a prophet and Christ's church had been restored. After this powerful witness from the Holy Ghost, I knew I needed to be baptized and become a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have several families that I visit every month to see how they are doing. Last Saturday I cut the grass of one of the families because the husband had injured his foot and was on crutches. I joined volunteers several Saturday mornings to pull weeds in the yard of an elderly gentleman who had had an operation on his knee. I had a friend whose back was hurting so badly that he could not drive, so I took the morning to drive him to several clinics until we found one that could treat him. A couple of years ago, when I was tied up with preparations for my father's funeral, a member of the church cut our grass. Everyone just helps one another in our congregation. I watch over my mother, who is 94 years old and requires care in a nursing home. I visit her regularly, manage her finances, bring her candy and hearing aid batteries and attend her medical appointments. I also help my daughter and her family. They have four children and the youngest was born without the left side of his heart, which failed to develop while in the womb. He has had two open-heart surgeries and will have another one in the next year. He does not handle infections well and therefore cannot go out in public during the cold/flu season. My wife watches the children so that my daughter can get out of the house and do her shopping. We both watch the grandchildren so that my daughter and her husband can go out on dates. I read the scriptures almost every day. I pray by myself every morning and evening and I pray with my wife at every meal where we are together and we kneel to pray together at bedtime. These things help us to stay close to one another and to our Heavenly Father. I sing in our congregation's choir.