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Hi I'm John Haji

I'm a teacher. I'm a husband and soon-to-be father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Maryland and Pennsylvania to parents who are both Mormon converts. Often I was the only Mormon or one of a handful in my school. I am now in school to become a high school physics teacher. My beautiful wife and I are expecting our first child in December.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon and my family always went to church. I really began to personally understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ when I was an older teenager. I gained a testimony because I could feel the love and faith in the church. And when I saw the faith of the very small congregations in Ukraine, where I served a mission, I knew I wanted to serve God always. When we were only a dozen of struggling Saints, I saw the hand of the Lord help us, and help my testimony grow. I know that God and His Son Jesus Christ are actively blessing my life and seek to bring all people home. I know that I see the fruits of true Gospel living. I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Something I love about my ward and my calling in it is that I get to work with family history. I got really into the stories of my ancestors helping my mom with the computer side of the work. I teach the members of my ward how to get started on their own family histories. Family is one of the most amazing aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to learn how my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. My parents raised my sisters and me in a loving home based on Gospel truths. As I start my own family with my wife, these blessings are even more clear.

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

John Haji
In 1833, the Church was given a revelation regarding a law of health. Coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco were specifically forbidden, and eating a lot of grains, fruits and vegetables was encouraged. Mormons do not have to be vegetarians, but are commanded to not over-indulge on meat. It is great to have a firm reason to avoid harmful and addictive substances, and reassuring to have support in eating and living well. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

John Haji
Mormon missionaries as a group proselyte because Jesus Christ, in the Gospel of Matthew, commanded that we share His Gospel with all, giving all a chance to change their lives and be happy. Mormon missionaries proselyte, like I did in Ukraine for two year, for personal reasons too: they love Jesus Christ, they are happy because of His Gospel and they love the people where they serve so much that they want to share that joy with them too. Understand that missionaries are not professional, but full-time volunteers who are giving up months and months and paying their own way to help people. Show more Show less