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Hi I'm John

I'm an Arizona native, a commercial real estate appraiser, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband of a beautiful wife and three wonderful children. They are grown now. My oldest daughter and her husband have made me a grandfather of two beautiful granddaughters. (How can this be right when it seems like I recently married?) My oldest son served a mission in the Philippines and my youngest son is currently serving a mission in London. I spent the first 18 years of my adult life doing industrial work for a family business. I left eight years ago to become a commercial real estate appraiser. When I married I dropped out of college but my wife's grandfather persuaded me to finish. It took 13 years of night school but I finally graduated with a business degree. Had I not stuck with it this new occupation would not have been possible. I'm grateful I listened to her wise grandfather. I enjoy appraising and am working toward a worldwide recognized designation. I hope to give back to the profession and would enjoy teaching appraisal practise soon. I love sports. I used to play racquetball competatively but had to give it up when the doctor told me I'd broken my wrist over 30 times. I had no idea that had been happening. I enjoy watching sports now and playing board games to let out my competative spirit. I love to travel and have been all over the country. I also love music, particularly singing. Now that I'm an empty-nester my new activity is going to working around the house (at least that is what my wife says)!

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in the church I learned the docrine from my birth. That doens't mean though that I did not have to learn of the truth of the church and its doctrines myself. When I was 11, I seriously read the Book of Mormon and I prayed to ask about the truth of it. I recieved a strong witness from the spirit. I went to church the next Sunday and told everyone what happened to me. That was not the end of my gospel journey. I continually study and pray about the doctrines of the church. I also enjoy spending time on the church's websites. I really enjoy knowing the truth, especially when I remember how many do not yet have it. I like to think that I would have joined the church had I not been raised in it. I would hope one of my friends would tell me about it. I don't know how my life would be without it. Being a member has blessed my life and the life of my family in many ways. It has kept us from harms way and helped us find the way back if we fell off the path a little. It gives me peace to understand God's plan for us and to know that he is watching over me and helping me. In a way, knowing that really takes a lot of pressure from me because I know that it is not all up to me.

How I live my faith

I am the bishop of church unit of almost 500 members. I love to see how the gospel and Jesus Christ's love changes lives. I love to teach others about that love and help them understand that Christ will lead us back to our Heavenly Father if we love him. Once people realize who they really are, where they came from, why they are here, and where they are going after this life, it gives them a clear prospective. As part of my calling as a bishop I am greatly involved with the youth ages 12 through 18. I see my youth ministry as one of the most significant responibilities of my call. I love talking with them about their lives, their challenges, their hopes for a bright future. The programs of the church protect the youth and I am so grateful to be a leader in one of these great organizations.

How does the Church finance its operations?

John
Being a bishop, my friends who are not of our faith are amazed to hear that I make no money in exchange for the 30 or so hours I spend per week serving. I believe this is one of the signs that the church is true. Tithing is 10%. It doesn't matter how much one makes, if one is rich or poor, it is 10% for everyone. But this money does not make the church leadership rich, men and women like me serve without compensation. The money builds up the church and supports its growth throughout the world building temples and chapels. I have always felt the blessings that come from paying tithing. One year at Christmas time both my wife and I needed trips to the hospital and there was only enough money for some presents or to pay tithing, not both. My wife and I talked about it and both of us quickly agreed to be faithful and pay it that Sunday. Monday morning I went to get into my truck and there was an envelope under the wiper with a check in it for the same amount of tithing I had paid the day before. The Lord knew and someone followed His direction to bless our family. I'll always be grateful for the kindness of the person who followed the Lord's direction and I'll always be grateful that I put the Lord first in regards to the payment of tithing. Show more Show less