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Hi I'm John

I grew up in the four corners area of Utah. After living in Puerto Rico and Florida, I now live in Minnesota.

About Me

I currently live in Minnesota, where I am a software engineer for IBM. I have been employed at IBM for over 20 years. At IBM, I develop software for the database system integrated into the IBM i operating system. While working at IBM, I obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. Since that time, I have served as an adjunct professor at Winona State University and at Rochester Community and Technical College. I have enjoyed teaching students at those institutions. I am a father of five children. My oldest daughter is serving as a director of an orphanage coordinator in Ecuador. My next daughter served as missionary in Reno Nevada and is now attending Brigham Young University. My oldest son is currently serving as a missionary in the Manaus Brazil mission. My other two children are still home and are busy in High School and Middle School. I enjoy helping out in my children's schools. In what little spare time I find, I enjoy working in the yard and in the garden. I also enjoy building things around my house. I'm also enjoy family history and genealogy. I also enjoy the outdoors. I especially enjoy visiting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

Why I am a Mormon

My extended family is relatively new to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My father joined the Church when he was in his twenties after his brother convinced him to study at BYU. My mother's mother joined the church after marrying my grandfather. My grandfather's parents joined the church in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States. I am grateful for these people who were led by God to join the Church and for their example of righteous living. As a child and youth, I was taught the gospel by my parents. In my home, I learned the importance of prayer and scripture study in developing my relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ. My testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel as continue to grow as I strive to serve him and others. My conviction to Christ's church is based on the peaceful feelings that my Heavenly Father has given to me through the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving my family and others around me. I currently am an executive secretary for the Stake (Diocese) Presidency. It's been a great blessing to assist them and the other members of the Stake. I also live my faith by daily taking the time to study the scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father. This daily personal worship strengthens my faith in God.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Our law of heath and diet is known as the word of wisdom. The word of wisdom, given to the prophet Joseph Smith teaches us to avoid tobacco, alcohol, tea, and coffee. The wisdom to avoid tobacco is especially important to me because both my father's parents died of smoking related illnesses. Show more Show less