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Hi I'm John H.

I like food, music and the outdoors. I live in Washington State. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California's Silicon Valley. Since the time our family got our first computer, the kind that hooks up to your TV and saves programs on a cassette tape, I have loved computers and programming. So it was only natural that I would study computer science in college. Besides being a computer nerd, I love hiking, camping, backpacking, spelunking and rock climbing. I enjoy music of all types, ranging from alternative / rock music to jazz and classical and I play the piano and guitar. And if money was no object, I would change my career to become a chef! I love cooking and trying new recipes. I am married to my best friend and soulmate and enjoy spending time with my wife and kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into the Mormon church. Both of my parents are converts to the church and endured certain trials due to their decision. Even those born into the church need to be converted. I've had experiences in my life, some of them intensely personal, which tell me without a doubt that I have made the right decision to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have volunteered my time in various "callings" which are roles members are asked to do. These have included teaching children in Sunday school classes, working with the scout troop sponsored by the local church unit, and working with the full time missionaries in my area to help teach the gospel to interested people in the community. Outside of official church responsibilities, I try to help others. During one 12 month period, I helped people in the local congregation move more than 10 times! I could become a professional mover after that.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

John H.
The church and the temple are both places where we worship. Anyone can attend church (you don't even have to be member!) However, the temple is a sacred place where ordinances such as being married for eternity, baptized on behalf of our ancestors who have passed on, and other are performed. Not only do you have to be a member of the church to attend, but members must also be living the commandments and church teachings to be able to enter. This is because of the sacred nature of the temple. Allowing anyone to come in would distract from the purpose of the temples. When a new temple is built, the public is allowed to tour the temple before it is turned over to the Lord for His work. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

John H.
The only way you can really know is to pray and ask God if it is true. It doesn't hurt to read the Book of Mormon or other church resources but in the end you must ask, and the Spirit, which bears witness of all truth, will tell you. Show more Show less