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Hi I'm John

I run a software startup in Atlanta. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Atlanta with my wife and 4 young kids. We came to Atlanta so that I could pursue a PhD in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. During my studies, I co-founded a software company that I now run fulltime. I find myself spending time nurturing both my young family and my startup business.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I feel real joy and peace when I commit my heart to the gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith has grown over the years as I've learned and applied the gospel in my life. The Church also provides the most logical explanation of eternal truths that I've ever experienced, even in all my long years of university work as a PhD student. The Plan of Salvation as taught in the Church is beautiful in its simplicity and powerful in its ability to drive me to be a better person.

How I live my faith

I actively participate in my local ward, mainly by consistently visiting with members of our congregation each month as a Home Teacher and by playing the piano for the primary. One of my families that I home teach decided to start attending church after 20 years of inactivity. They are really great and my family and I enjoy our frequent visits with them. They in turn have had a special influence on our children. I also spent several years as the adult leader of the teenage boys. We worked to help several boys achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in our Boy Scout program.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mormons love the Bible because it contains the word of God, including the records of Jesus' ministry during his mortal life on earth. The lessons of the Bible help us draw nearer to God and become more Christlike in our behaviors. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Mormons do not practice polygamy. In the mid-1800s, a small group of church members practiced polygamy, looking to Abraham and other major Biblical leaders for pattern of life. This practice ended in 1890. Some of my ancestors participated in polygamy in the 1800s, but there has not been any participation in my family lines since the 1800s. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are Christians in the broadest sense of the term, meaning that Mormons believe in the same Jesus Christ as all other Bible-based religions. However, popularly, some people have tried to narrow the definition of Christian to mean only Evangelical Protestant, so this is where some confusion may arise. It seems to me that the believing in Jesus Christ should be the basis by which Christians are brought together in brotherhood as we all strive to emulate the teachings of our Savior. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived in the Americas. The last of these prophets, Moroni, gave the plates to Joseph Smith in the 1820s and he translated them for our benefit in these "Latter-days". The Book of Mormon brings clarity to the gospel and is a great companion to the Bible in teaching us how to draw nearer to God. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

In 1820, Joseph Smith was called personally by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to start the Mormon Church. Since that day, Jesus Christ has always led and directed the growth and direction of the Church. Though not personally present on the Earth, Jesus guides and directs the selection and the decisions of the Presidents of the Church, who are Prophets of God. Show more Show less