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Hi I'm Bill Shumway

I'm a father of four, recovering attorney and currently a forensic mortgage auditor. I am a Christian who is also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 61 year old husband of one, father of four and grandfather of 6. I'm a native Arizonan, but haven't always lived here. My family is the most important thing in my life. Technology - computers, TVs, etc. is my hobby. I love anything techie, although I'm not really a techie. I also love old cars and hope one day to have another one. I served as a missionary from 1969 to 1971 in the Chicago area. In 1972, I married Kristen Matheson. I enlisted in the Air Force at age 24 and completed my college degree in business, after which I was accepted to Officer Training School and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. While still on active duty, I attended and graduated from law school in Montgomery, Alabama. When the Air Force offered severance pay to reduce the force, I left the military with 18.5 years of service and moved home to Arizona to begin my second career. Now in my third career as a forensic mortgage auditor, I really do like to work.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is that I was born to parents who were Mormons and whose families had been in the Church for a long time. That gave me the head start I needed. Just like everyone, whether born to Mormon parents, or not, I needed to find out for myself that this was the Church for me. I did that starting at age 16 with a great religion teacher while I was in high school. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. Because I received the answer that the Book of Mormon was truly from my Heavenly Father, I also knew that the story about the origin of this Church was true. When I got married and had children, I realized that the concepts of eternal marriage and proxy baptism and other work for our deceased ancestors are just two of the doctrines of this Gospel that make Christianity sensible. For my Christian friends, I assure you that I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is my personal savior and I know that He has restored the fullness of his Gospel upon the earth once more.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is not really difficult in general. I have served on various political committees, school boards, and found that most people are interested in what motivates me to behave as I do. I've served in the Scouting organization and volunteered in numerous capacities. I currently serve in a clerical capacity in my congregation. In my community activities and with business associates, I've been asked why I don't get upset when things become difficult and how I keep calm in the face of difficulties. My response is always the same: This is only a little bit of time in the context of eternity. My faith gives me an eternal perspective and makes me want to do my best in everything I do and part of that is appreciating when others do the same and being grateful. In addition, there are only minor setbacks that can all be overcome by perseverance and steadiness in working for the goal. My faith teaches me that everyone I meet is my brother or sister and I try to treat them as such - with patience and without anger in difficult circumstances. It's not always easy, and I'm not always successful, but it feels really good when I succeed. Living my faith in specific is a little more difficult because even though I always want to be nice to everyone, it's not always as easily done as it is said. However, I've noticed that when you are really nice to people, they generally try to be nice back.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Bill Shumway
My faith teaches me that families can, indeed, be together forever. Through ordinances available in the Temple, we can be married for eternity and be together forever if they accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow his example. The most exquisite relationships in life come in the family. I've never been comfortable with the concept of "till death do us part." My wife and children and grandchildren are not passing acquaintances, but people with whom I hope to have an eternal relationship. Show more Show less