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Hi I'm Bill

I love the arts, sciences, and nature. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, parent, grandparent, artist, designer, player of games, and creator of imaginary worlds. I'm a lover of science, nature, stories (mostly science-fiction), the sound of rain, and the stars at night. I'm fascinated by people and have learned how much more we have in common than we often realize. I'm a believer in compassion, courage, kindness, truth, and honor. I laugh every single day. …and I'm a life-long supporter of chocolate chip cookies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in another Christian church which taught me important truths yet left me with questions that ultimately resulted in me leaving that church. For the next couple decades I spun off into my my own beliefs and a philosophy that suited my behaviors instead of changing my behaviors to match the truth. My then girlfriend, now wife, began to teach me basic principles of the restored Gospel, some I felt were true, others not, and some I couldn't decide on and so put them aside for later. One night, seeing how I'd compromised myself more than I ever thought possible, I knelt in prayer for the first time in many years. It was a brief, and arrogant prayer yet the Lord found something to work with in that moment. I did not hear angels nor did the Heavens part yet I felt a spark of light and glimmer of peace in my heart testifying that God was there and knew me! I wanted more of whatever that was. The next night I prayed again. This began the upward pattern that led me to begin reading the Book of Mormon. I bought a house and told my girlfriend that I wanted to start going to church. We began the next Sunday where I found not only love and acceptance, but a feeling I'd never experienced before in any other church. We began meeting with the missionaries every week, read scriptures together, talk about the previous week's teachings, and pray. After almost a year I knew that I'd been given an incomparable gift of light and truth and I had to act upon it. I was baptized on August 17, 2002 and confirmed and received the Holy Ghost the following day. Why am I a Mormon? Simply, because it's true. I know this because of what I have felt, and what I have witnessed in my life and the lives of others. When you have received the truth you MUST act on it. It is part of our God-given nature. I love the Lord and am eternally grateful for His Gospel that heals, comforts, teaches, and lifts each of one us. My only regret is I didn't find the church sooner!

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by making it a natural part of everything I do. When I stumble I seek repentance and to make things better. I try to see myself and others as the Savior does, with compassion, patience, gratitude, and hope. Since joining in the church I have worked to live differently than before by trying to help and serve, to learn and teach, to follow and to lead, all in the Lord's way. I am imperfect and while my efforts reflect this I love the Lord and have faith that daily willingness to do His will allows miracles to happen in our lives.