|William Pine - July 1997|
Growing Up. I was baptized in Indio, California when I was 8 years old. There's no water in Indio and I was baptized in a stock tank for cattle. My father wasn't a member of the church at that time so I was baptized and confirmed by two missionaries who were assigned to that area, Elder Lund and Elder Harper, both from Utah. The year was 1950. Growing up in Mesa was a great experience. My mother's family was there so I had lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. The Church was well established there, we even had a temple which was just down the street from where we lived. All my friends were LDS and I was greatly influenced by them. I graduated from Mesa High School in 1961 and decided to join the Arizona National Guard rather then put in one semester in school, a decision that would keep me from going to Vietnam later. After my six months duty I came home to get ready for a mission.
When I was in the mission field I was there when they made Boston a stake and I've been trying to locate my journal to see what I wrote down and when I do I will share it with the group. My first president was John E. Carr and I know next to nothing about him. The second was Truman Madsen now of BYU.
Other Tidbits. Bill was in the same ward as Gene Cook, now of the First Quorum of the Seventy, one of his oldest friends that he's always looked up to. Bill also home taught the White family, when Danny White (former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys) was only 9 or 10 years old.
New England is a special place . . . and the history of our church is rooted deep in its soil. Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff and others all served missions there. Bowdoin College in Brunswick has a copy of the Book of Commandments signed by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball when they visited the college in the 1840's....I held it in my hands!.