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Hi I'm Bill

I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a Chemical Engineering Professor. I am a convert and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been blessed with a wonderful family including my wife of 42 years, 10 children and 27 grandchildren. We have 7 daughters and 3 sons and we are very proud of each and every one. We love it when the grandchildren come to visit us. I really enjoy them especially those between 1 and 4, but all of them are delightful at all ages. We love playing games together with our kids and grandkids. I am a Chemical Engineering professor and have been blessed to be able to teach thousands of students over the last many years. I love doing experiments and learning more about catalysts, especially ones called Fischer-Tropsch catalysts that convert low value energy souces such as natural gas and coal to high value liquid fuels like diesel and jet fuel. I love sports and follow my college team in all their sports including the big ones (football and basketball) but also the others like track&field, softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, and golf. I enjoy seeing the events in person and travel to at least one away football game a year with my sons and sons in law. I love to play golf. I love to travel and have taken many trips throughout the US to visit our children. I have visited China twice, South Africa, Japan, Spain, Italy, and England. One of my favorite things to do when we travel is to go to the local LDS church on Sunday. I always find instant friends and people I have lots in common with. We often discover common acquaintances which I find to be delightful.

Why I am a Mormon

I first came in contact with the LDS church my senior year in high school when I asked a girl on date on Sunday, and she responded, "I can't date on Sunday, but you can go to church with me." Thus began my education into what a Mormon is, and it has been a wonderful journey with many, many wonderful people who have helped me along the way. I got baptized in the spring of my freshman year in college after studying with the missionaries for several months. One factor that helped me in my decision was a talk by Hugh B. Brown entitled "Profiles of a Prophet." I loved and resonated with the new concepts and doctrines that I was learning including the plan of happiness, eternal progression, 3 degrees of glory, additional scripture, modern day prophets, and the fact there were people anciently in the new world that Christ appeared to. I would also go to the institute building late at night where I could be alone and read the Book of Mormon. Finally, after many weeks, the missionaries challenged me to really pray (more intently) about whether I should be baptized. So, after my roommate in my small door room was asleep, I knelt down and prayed that night very fervently and went to sleep. When I awoke, I felt an amazing light and lightness and just knew that yes, I was to be baptized! (I was not normally a morning person, and usually took awhile to come to my senses, but this morning was very different.) I pretty much danced down the hall to the phone booth where I called the missionaries and told them the good news. My parents weren't really excited for my decision, but did indicate that they felt that they had taught me well enough that I could decide for myself, for which I am very grateful. Now, 47 years later, I know more than ever that the Gospel as taught in the LDS church is true and that living it brings true happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. Jesus Christ is our savior. God is the father of our spirits and loves each of us!

How I live my faith

I try to read the scriptures every day and find that they almost always give me a boost in how I feel about myself and the world around me. I abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and always have. I try to give back to the church and the Lord by donating 10% of my income, I had the great privilege a number of years ago to be the leader (Bishop) of our congregation of 400 people and found that to be a very fulfilling experience. It was probably the hardest thing that I have ever done but it was also the most rewarding. Being able to serve our fellow man is a very uplifting thing to so. I have always served in positions that I have been asked to fulfill by my church leaders. One of my favorite was to teach the adult Sunday School class. We raised our children in the church and I believe that made a huge positive difference. We always went to church on Sunday and had family night on Monday nights. I also tried to have personal one-on-one time with each child and also took them on dates to just have fun. I am currently in a position where I give 20-25 minute scripture-based talks in church once a month. While they are alot of work to prepare, I always gain greater insight about the Gospel and feel closer to the Spirit and to God in giving them.