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Hi I'm John

I'm a dad, husband, virtualization consultant and self proclaimed king of the grill

About Me

Whether I'm mountain biking or rock climbing, I feel like I'm in my element. Being outdoors helps me feel closer to God. I feel blessed to have a beautiful wife and four very energetic kids. The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to everything my family does.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me at a young age that God loves me and wants me to find happiness in life. Being in a family with 15 brothers and sisters has provided me a unique life experience. I learned early on the importance of family. In 2005, when my older sister fell to her death while rock climbing in Flagstaff, my family gathered together to provide support and strength to one another. We were grieving our loss, but knew with a surety that my sister had been called home to a loving father in heaven. My testimony of Jesus Christ and his atonement, and how it benefited my family at that, our saddest moment, became profoundly evident. I am comforted with the knowledge I have that family relationships extend beyond the grave. That I will be able to embrace my sister again!

How I live my faith

A favorite quote by an early leader of the church states, "we teach men correct principles and let them govern themselves". I live my faith by governing myself according to those principles I have been taught and know to be right. I live my faith by teaching my children to choose the right, and help others. I teach my kids by my actions, by living in accordance with those principles that have defined my moral aptitude. In short, I live my faith by striving to learn more about my savior and redeemer through prayer and scripture study, and then applying the things I've learned throughout the day.

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

My family relationship is the most important facet of my life. I know that I will be married to my wife forever. I know that our marriage will endure beyond "till death do we part". I also know that the choices I have made and continue to make determine if I can be with my wife and children beyond the grave. I strive to live in accordance to God's commandments and covenants I have made to my wife and family. When my sister died while rock climbing, it was a difficult time for me. My knowledge of God's plan for families to be together forever was increased and my testimony of eternal families strengthened. After all, the family unit in not just an earthly concept, but a heavenly one as well! Show more Show less