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Hi I'm Art Williams

I'm a Mormon. I grew up as a 'Military Brat' living in different parts of the United States and 7 years in Europe as a child.

About Me

I'm a father of 5 and a Grandfather of 9. After graduating from college, I entered the US Army and served in Korea (1st Cav and 2nd ID), Vietnam (9th ID and 1st Cav) and Germany (3rd ID). After the Army I went to work in the Information Technology industry and worked across the country in a variety of capacities. I was baptized into the church in 1983 in Minnesota and have been active in the church since then.

Why I am a Mormon

After surviving multiple years in combat and having lost friends, I questioned why I was alive and for what purpose was I here. I wandered and looked at a number of religions and none of them seemed to have an answer the resonated with me. I went to a job interview and met with an interesting man. After a few minutes I determined that the opportunity was not what I was looking for. As we talked the discussion turned to values and what was important in life. It began to touch on some of the questions that had troubled me for years. As we talked further he indicated that he was a 'Bishop' in his church. My immediate reaction was " What are you doing here as the VP of a company while you are a "Bishop". He said that his church does not believe in being paid for doing the 'Lord's work'. That blew me away! I told him thet I wanted to know more about his church. He indicated that they had Elders who took time out of their lives to come to me to teach about the church. I indicated that I would like to meet them and learn more. He said that he would have then get in touch with me. I expected some older people to come to my home. I was 41 years old at the time. I was surprised when two men of about 20 years of age showed up. A small voice in my head said that they had answers to my questions. They reminded me of young men who had knocked on my door over the years and I had never really talked to them. I realized then that I should have been more open. I was baptized a few months later and have touched and been touched by many lives since then. Being a member of the church has given me the opportunity to learn why I was given an assignment to continue living when my friends did not. I'm here to serve my fellow Man (and Woman).

How I live my faith

In my over 30 years in the church I have been a Nursery worker with children from 18 months to 3 years. Other callings included: A primary teacher with kids from 3 years to 11. A Young Men's president with youth from 12 t0 18 years of age. A Scout leader. An adult men's leader focusing on service to the members and members in the community with activities such as helping families to move in and move out of the area, Paint houses, help with landscaping and in general to be good neighbors. A Ward Mission Leader working with Missionaries and members bringing the gospel to others A Member of the High Priest Group Leadership focusing on helping the seniors and widows as well as focusing on Temple work, A Temple worker helping members who come to the temple to do work for their families. A Family History consultant helping people to find lost relatives. A Branch President. A Stake High Councilman with responsibility for Single Adult programs. I supported my wife in establishing a program for special needs members and their friends in Colorado. Most of all I live my faith by reaching out to me fellow human beings and trying to be of assistance to them following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ