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Hi I'm John

I'm from Ohio. I'm married to a great lady. I'm training to become an eye doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm incredibly fortunate to come from a wonderful family. I have loving, supportive parents and six siblings - all of whom are great friends. I grew up mainly in Ohio, but have lived in several different states. I had the opportunity to serve a 2 year mission for our church in Southern Africa. I have been married for almost two years now. My wife and I were thrilled to learn recently that we are expecting our first child. I recently began residency training to become an eye doctor. My wife and I have shared interests in running, reading, cooking, and international health. My other interests include college football, fishing, photography, and spending time with family. My wife and I recently had the amazing opportunity to spend two months in Ghana, West Africa. We worked with non-profit and UN organizations to research how site-restoring cataract surgery improves individuals' ability to provide for themselves and their families in the developing world. After completing my ophthalmology training in a few years and throughout my career, my wife and I intend to spend time working among underserved populations both at home and abroad. Our hope is that this will become a family affair and that as our (future) kids grow up, this interaction with those who face tremendous hardships will be a growing opportunity for us all.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith in Jesus Christ is central to who I am and what I hope to be. As I've tried to get to know Christ through the ups and downs of life, I have become increasingly aware of His love for me. I know this love extends to every human being, regardless of social status, race or religion. Everything He did - His life, His teaching, His sacrifice - was for us. I believe Christ is not simply aware of us, but that He in fact knows us better than we know ourselves and that, because of this, He knows the best ways to help us. I know that Jesus Christ can empower each of us to change, to become better, and to find fulfillment. I have experienced this enabling power in my own life. That's why I love this Church. I believe its doctrines are the doctrines of Jesus Christ. This Church stretches me; it elevates my vision of what the Lord expects of me and what I can become with His help. It compels me to be a better friend, husband, doctor, and disciple of Jesus Christ. It surrounds me with peers from all walks of life who are trying to do the same things.

How I live my faith

I believe the most important way I can live my faith is in my day-to-day interactions with those around me. Christ showed us by his own example how to love perfectly, then invited us to do likewise. Unsurprisingly, my efforts to love as Christ loved fall well short of perfection. However, as with all things, I have found that Christ helps us improve upon our best efforts - meager as they may be - and can even make our weaknesses into strengths. I believe my active participation in this ongoing, soul-stretching effort to love as He did, is the most important way I can live what I believe. As far as my church responsibilities, I am currently serving as a Sunday school teacher in our local congregation. I love this opportunity. My role as a "teacher" is actually more that of a facilitator. I try to encourage class members to be active participants and to draw on their own experiences as we discuss practical ways to apply the scriptures in our day to day lives. I come away from each class lifted and inspired by the insights, experiences, and testimonies of others. We just finished studying the Old Testament. In 2011 we will start on the New Testament. I'm excited!