How is Billy Stanley Related to Elvis? The Untold Story of the King’s Faithful Stepbrother

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, is one of the most iconic and influential figures in music history. His legacy lives on through his songs, movies, and fans. But there is a side of Elvis that many people don’t know about: his Christian faith. And one of the best sources to learn about this aspect of his life is his stepbrother, Billy Stanley.

Who is Billy Stanley?

Billy Stanley was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1952. His father was in the military, so he traveled around the world with his family. He had two younger brothers, David and Ricky. When Billy was seven years old, his parents divorced and his mother, Dee Stanley, married Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. This was in 1960, the same year that Elvis returned from his military service in Germany.

Billy and his brothers moved into Graceland with their mother and stepfather. They were welcomed by Elvis, who treated them like his own siblings. Billy became one of Elvis’ trusted confidantes and witnessed his faith in action firsthand. He also accompanied him on tours, movies, and vacations.

What was Elvis’ faith like?

According to Billy, Elvis was a devout Christian who believed in Jesus and heaven. He grew up in a Pentecostal church and was influenced by gospel music. He read the Bible daily and prayed often. He also studied other religions and philosophies, such as Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Scientology. He was curious about the meaning of life and the mysteries of God.

Elvis was not perfect, however. He struggled with addiction, fame, and temptation. He had a notorious playboy image and was involved in many affairs. He also faced criticism from some religious groups who accused him of being vulgar or satanic. But Billy says that Elvis never lost his faith or his love for God. He always sought forgiveness and tried to do better.

How did Elvis show his faith to others?

Elvis was not shy about expressing his faith to others. He often sang gospel songs on stage and in private. He also talked about God and religion with his friends, family, and fans. He gave away Bibles, crosses, and books to people he met. He donated money to various charities and causes. He also performed many acts of kindness and generosity that were not publicized.

One example that Billy shares in his book “The Faith of Elvis: A Story Only A Brother Can Tell” is how Elvis helped a young girl who was dying of leukemia. He visited her at the hospital, gave her a teddy bear, sang to her, and prayed with her. He also paid for her medical bills and funeral expenses.

What was the last conversation Billy had with Elvis?

Billy says that the last time he spoke to Elvis was on August 14th, 1977, the day before he died. Elvis was showing him his new karate knives and talking about his upcoming tour. He also mentioned that he had a dream where he saw Jesus coming down from heaven with a crown of thorns on his head. He said that Jesus told him that he loved him and forgave him for all his sins.

Billy says that he was stunned by this revelation and asked Elvis what it meant. Elvis said that he didn’t know but that he felt a peace that he had never felt before. He said that he was ready to go home to God.

The next day, Billy found Elvis lying on the bathroom floor, unresponsive. He tried to revive him but it was too late. Elvis had died of a heart attack at the age of 42.

How can we honor Elvis’ legacy?

Billy says that there are five ways we can honor Elvis’ legacy:

  • Love one another like brothers and sisters.
  • Don’t be ashamed to reach out and help your fellow man.
  • Be quick to forgive.
  • Don’t judge people by their appearance but by their heart.
  • Listen to his music and the message he tried to send through it.

Billy says that these are the things that Elvis lived by and wanted us to do as well.

Billy hopes that by sharing his story, he can reveal the true Elvis: a man driven by his faith in God, a man who gave so much of himself – almost too much – a man who thought it was better to give than to receive.

According to Forbes, Billy’s book “The Faith of Elvis: A Story Only A Brother Can Tell” showcases Presley’s faith and generosity more than any other book before.

According to Medium, Billy’s book is based on his first-hand accounts of Elvis’ life and abiding belief in Jesus and heaven.

According to Fox News, Billy’s book is the untold story of the iconic singer’s Christian faith and its deep influence on his music, films, relationships, and fans.

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