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Hi I'm Bill

I am a husband, father, writer, veterinarian and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. I also graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences and from Ricks College with an associate's degree in Health Science and a year certificate in Emergency Medicine. While at Rick’s I was certified as a Red Cross CPR and first aid instructor and an emergency medical technician in Idaho and Georgia. During college I had the opportunity to work at the Northwest Equine Reproduction Laboratory at the University of Idaho, the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy program at Washington State University and lived and worked on a USDA farm in Pullman, Washington during college. I now practice in a mixed animal practice which includes small animals, horses, livestock, exotic animals, and fish. Growing up in Menan Idaho, on my grandfather's farm, fostered my love for animals. We were involved in raising sheep, beef cattle, sugar beets, seed barley, wheat, russet potatoes, field corn, and alfalfa, as well as milking his uncle's dairy cows. I graduated from Rigby High School and attended Ricks College for one year, where I was a theatre major my first year of college. I have served in the leadership of the Marion Polk veterinary association as president for three terms and am a member of the American Veterinary Association. Currently I’m a member of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because the Spirit of the Holy Ghost has witnessed to the truthfulness of the restored gospel to me on numerous occasions. In addition to my own testimony, I have read the testimonies of my ancestors who were involved in the restoration of the gospel and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and were instrumental in the establishing of the early Church. Their testimonies were forged in the fire of affliction and they remained faithful through a great deal of trial and opposition. Their faith, through all of that trial and opposition has motivated me to study hard and seek the Spirit. As I have done this I have received my own undeniable witness that the Book of Mormon is God’s word to the ancient inhabitants of the Americas just as the Bible is His word to the ancient inhabitants of the Holy Land. In turn if the Book of Mormon is God’s word then Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and God did speak to him and authorize him to restore His Church to the earth. Having a living prophet with the keys to manage the affairs of Christ’s Church and guide it according to His will helps to keep this Church vibrant and strong in fulfillment of Amos’s prophetic statement, Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7 KJV) It is my faith that this Church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Epshians 2:20 KJV) I believe in God because I can see his hand in all things. In short, for me Alma an ancient American prophet historian, summed it up best "..yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator. (Book of Mormon Alma 30:44)

How I live my faith

I am an active committed member of the church, and have served in our young men's organization, emergency preparedness coordinator, Sunday school and primary teacher, as a high councilor assisting our stake president, as a bishop's councilor, and I currently serve as a bishop. In connection with my leadership callings I also volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. The callings I have received have helped me to grow and have challenged my testimony and allowed me to increase my faith in the Savior and His plan for us. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve others as we grow together in our commitment to serve Jesus Christ, much as Barak and Deborah walked together to strengthen each other in their responsibilities. (See Judges 4:8-9) We try to walk the path that Christ set fourth for us and my wife and I have endeavored to teach our children to faithfully obey the commandments and treat others with love and respect. “…whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Mathew 7:12) After my first year at Ricks College I served a mission for the Church in the Thailand Bangkok Mission. My mission was a turning point my life, it was an experience that I will cherish for an eternity. The opportunity to serve the Lord full time is a remarkable opportunity for which I will be forever grateful. My son recently accepted a call to the Brazil Florianopolis Mission and began his service in March of 2011. Missionary service has been very important to our family; we have long tradition of full time missionary service beginning the early 1800’s. We feel we are following the Savior’s admonition to preach the gospel to the entire world. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Mathew 28:19).

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Bill
The Bible Dictionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defines tithing as “a tenth part, given for the service of God.” The 14th chapter of Geneses records our father Abraham paying tithes to “Melchizedek king of Salem”. Jehovah commanded the Israelites after entering the Promised Land that “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.” (Deuteronomy 14:22). References to tithing are found throughout the Old and New Testaments but the clearest doctrine concerning tithing is given by the prophet Malachi. He was clear in the need for us to give back our tenth to the Lord stating that withholding tithing is akin to robbing God. (See Malachi 3:8). The implication is then that the money is the Lord’s all along and that all He is requiring is for us to return one tenth, a very small amount in the eternal perspective. The blessings promised to those who do pay tithing far outweigh what the Lord requires of us. Malachi promised that if we pay our tithing “I will….open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:9-12) Show more Show less

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

Bill
Since the beginning of our history the Lord has sanctioned marriage. Moses recorded the Lord as saying “…It is not good that the man should be alone;…” He was also clear that marriage was to be a lasting relationship between a husband and wife. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Jesus Christ himself quoted this scripture and then added “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” My family’s wedding traditions since the 1840’s have centered on eternal marriage, solemnized in a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My family first joined the Church in the 1830’s and central to Church doctrine is that families can be sealed to live together for an eternity, and not just until death do we part. The Preacher who wrote Ecclesiastes concluded that, “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it…”. Jesus promised Peter that “…I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”. We believe that it is through this authority that a couple and families can be sealed or bound together for an eternity, but the marriage must be performed in one of our temples that are dedicated in part for that purpose, by an officiator who holds those “keys”. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Bill
The Savior taught, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” If there were only two options, heaven and hell why would Jesus have used the term “many mansions”? Paul, in his first epistle to the Corinthians taught of more than two possibilities after we die. He taught, “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:…”. In addition to the celestial and terrestrial glories in verse 40, in verse 41 Paul mentions three distinct glories the sun, moon and the stars obviously referring to three possible states of glory. This concept of three glories or heavens is further supported when he testified that in a vision, he had been “….caught up to the third heaven.”. Also of note is his statement at the end of verse 41 “…for one star differeth from another star in glory.” This certainly implies that at least in the heaven that is comparable to the glory of the stars, there are “many mansions” of varying magnificence, just as each star differs from each other in brightness. The Bible is clear that God loves us and that He sent His Son Jesus Christ, to show us the “…way, the truth, and the life…”. His Son has prepared “many mansions”, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Show more Show less