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Hi I'm Bill

I grew up in another Christian church. I became a Mormon at age 19 after my freshman year of college. I love the Church!

About Me

My wife and I like to say we have twelve (12) children - six boys and a girl of our own, and five girls from Germany (3), France and Kazakhstan we "borrowed" for a school year as we hosted them in the U.S. I worked ten years as a dental hygienist before I had my mid-life "crisis" when I changed careers and then worked for our state's child support division. I also served 20 years in the Coast Guard Reserve in Oregon and Washington. In my 45 years in the Church, I spent about half that time working with the Young Men and Scouting. I enjoy camping and backpacking and, at age 57, climbed Mount Rainier with one of my sons.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in another church. When I investigated the Mormon Church as a 19-year-old, I learned about three very important questions: where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going. As a Christian, I thought I had a good idea about where I was going or, at least, where i wanted to go. I didn't have the complete answer to that question and my prior teaching never taught me answers to the other two questions. I learned that God is literally the Father of our spirits, we are his sons and daughters, which makes us all brothers and sisters. That made me look at the people around me in a different light. We left our Heavenly home to come to this earth to learn only those things we could learn by having bodies of flesh and bone. Because our Father loves us, He wants us to return to His presence. He provided a Savior for us, even Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so that we can return. When I read the Book of Mormon and prayed, asking if it was really the Word of God, the answer I got was Yes! Because I believe the Book of Mormon is truly the Word of God, I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore His Gospel and His Church. I know that God speaks through his prophets and does that today through his prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I'm grateful for the example and counsel of the leaders of our Church. I'm also grateful for the many opportunities I have to serve others. I continue to follow His Gospel because it isn't really about me; it's about serving others, helping my brothers and sisters in any way I can. Being a Mormon isn't easy. However, it's the best thing I ever did and my life has been blessed by having the Restored Gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

Most of my time in the Church has been spent working in the Young Men's (YM) organization (boys age 12-18). This involved both church activities and Scouting activities. I taught lessons on Sundays, or helped the YM prepare and present lessons. In their presidencies, they organized mid-week activities, including service projects, either for members or the community. Some of the YM complained about doing those projects; however, once they got involved, they learned the joy of service. We pulled weeds, mowed lawns, pruned trees, moved rock, put up/took down Christmas lights, and helped with many Eagle Scout projects. In addition to that, I participated in counsels with other organizations in our ward to coordinate activities and discuss ways we could work together to help members and non-members in need of help. Because I joined this church at age 19 while I was in college, I did not get to serve a mission for the Church at that time. Now, in retirement, I get to serve that mission with my wife as a senior couple. We are selling our home, saving only those things we can't replace in storage, and we are currently "homeless" people as we visit family prior to the start of our two-year mission in Bermuda next week. We look forward to serving the people there.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I really appreciate this teaching of the Church. The Scriptures tell us "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear". It's a nice feeling when your extended pantry contains everything you use on a regular basis and, when you run out of it in the kitchen, you don't have to run to the store because you have more in your food storage. I can't count the times when we were able to help out our adult sons when they were unemployed. We didn't have money to give them but we could give them a month or more of groceries. Being self-reliant means we don't have to depend on others because we can provide for ourselves and, even better, we have the means to help family and others when they need it. Show more Show less