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Hi I'm Bill

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, a retired elementary school teacher and principal. I'm an old car enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm in Idaho. My parents stressed the importance of hard work and a good education. They kept us busy in many wholesome activities: dance lessons, music lessons, 4-H, FFA, Scouting, sports, and many high school events. They sacrificed much to raise five children and send them all off to college where all five earned masters degrees. I enjoyed farm life and developed a love for the animals, the crops, and the hard work. My father had a beautiful speaking voice and announced rodeos in our community as well as others. I loved rodeo too and he encouraged me to participate in rodeo events. I soon found I was not a very good bucking bronk or bull rider. However, I was a bit of a clown and I could run pretty fast, so it seemed perfectly normal that I ended up clowning rodeos. My mother was not particularly happy with this decision and made it perfectly clear she had higher expectations for me and my future. At college, I fell in love with a beautiful girl from California who supported me by letter during the two years I spent as a missionary for my church. Upon my return, we graduated from college together and were married. My love for working with young people led me to a career in education where I was an elementary school teacher and principal for 30 years. I'm now retired and living with my wife in beautiful, northern Idaho. We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, boating and spending time with our 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a religious home. My parents were good Christians and membes of the Mormon faith. Many of my fondest memories are from experiences involving my participation in church activities: singing "I Am A Child Of God" in sunday school, Cub and Boy Scouts and church parties and dances. However, during my teenage years, as my circle of friends expanded, I discovered there were many people who didn't share the beliefs and values I had been taught. I found it increasingly challenging to live the gospel just because my parents did. I realized I had to gain a personal knowledge that God lives, he knows me and the gospel I had been taught was true. My senior year I began attending the Seminary Class offered at the church before school. I read the scriptures, I studied and I prayed. I received an answer to those prayers that helped begin the foundation for my own personal testimony of God, His Son, where we came from, why we are here and where we are going after this life. I served two years in California as a missionary sharing this message with others. During this time I had the opportunity to read and study the scriptures more extensively and discuss them with members and clergy of other faiths. This experience served to strengthened my personal testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I study the teachings of Christ, I teach them every Sunday in my Sunday School Class. Most importantly, I strive to live my life, everyday, as He taught us. I don't expect to reach the Savior's perfection in this life, but I do hope to be just a little bit better every day.