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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a convert to the Church. I worked for 33 years as a firefighter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired firefighter. I spent 33 great years in the California fire service. I enjoy family time, outdoor activities, reading and writing. I especially like exploring new places in my old Jeep. My wife and I have been married for 35 years and have 6 children. We enjoy getting together as often as we can for family fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Catholic family, and have always felt a connection to my Heavenly Father. As a young man in college, I was taking a philosophy class. During the class my professor challenged me to defend my belief in God. I began to search for answers to why I believed. It was near Easter, and there was a mini-series about Jesus Christ airing on television. I had not been to church for many years, but I took the opportunity to watch the program. At the conclusion, I felt a desire to pray. I was not in the habit of praying, but I went to a quiet, private place to thank God for my Savior, who I believed in my heart was real. As I began to pray, I felt a heavenly power pour over me that was unlike anything earthly could ever be. In that moment, I knew beyond any doubt that God lives, and that Jesus Christ is His Holy Son. For me, the witness of the Holy Ghost came all at once. For others, it comes a little at a time. It may be different for every person, but I believe it surely comes to all who sincerely seek it. As I continued to search for direction, I was led to investigate the Mormon Church because of the example of members of the Church who I admired very much. The first time I attended a Mormon Church, I felt something different and special. I had never been there before, but it felt as if I had just come home from a long journey away. It just felt right. I was also impressed with the friendliness and sincerity of the people I met. I asked how I could learn more about the church, and was introduced to the missionaries who taught me about the Church and how I could be baptized. Later, as I visited the Temple, I felt that same timeless sense of coming home. I learned that the Temple is a truly sacred and Holy place. I realized then, that if the Temple is truly God's House, then Joseph Smith was truly His Prophet, and the Church is His Kingdom on earth today. I thank God for His personal witness to me, that I might know for myself, that the Church is true.

How I live my faith

The Church has given me many opportunities to serve and help others. I especially enjoyed my career because it gave me a chance to make a difference in other people's lives. My service in the Church has also allowed me to make a meaningful difference for others through the variety of assignments I have had over the years. I have had the opportunity to work with boy-scouts, in activity planning, with sports programs, and in a variety of leadership assignments. As a Bishop, I had the opportunity to assist the less fortunate and administer Church resources to provide for their physical and spiritual needs. Every assignment I have had in the Church has been a rewarding and satisfying experience.