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Hi I'm John

I am a college student in America. My life revolves around family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently married my best friend, and I am an active college student. This means I enjoy working hard and staying busy with a part-time job, classes, and family. I am studying Information Systems--computers in business--and just about to graduate. I enjoy technology in all its forms; however, I also love the outdoors--hiking and camping. I play sports of different kinds--swimming, running (one marathon), basketball, and weightlifting. Above all, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nevertheless, when I reached my teenage years I had to choose whether to follow the teachings or not. As a high school student, I was on the wrestling team. During my senior year, in the middle of the season, I broke both bones in my left arm. This accident ended my wrestling career, but it started my journey to really know the truth about Jesus Christ. I was frustrated and depressed after breaking my arm because I wondered why this had to happen to me. This humbled me to seek for peace, healing, and happiness. I tried to do what I learned on Sundays in church--live the principles of Jesus Christ. Through diligence and faith I read the testimonies of prophets in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon. Through the new knowledge gained, I gained strength to change my life. Through this experience and many others, I know that the teachings of Jesus Christ as contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon are good and true because the principles made me strong and reoriented my life with purpose, happiness, and love.

How I live my faith

The congregation I attend is mostly newlywed students or young families. Uniquely, each person receives a responsibility or calling in the Church not just the pastor. My wife and I voluntarily teach classes about family history, marriage and family, Bible, and Book of Mormon once a month to a large portion of the congregation. The lesson we prepare contains ways to learn and apply the doctrines and teachings of Jesus Christ's Gospel. This is an open discussion for all in attendance to share their feelings, experiences, and knowledge of how the message of Christ has blessed them. I always feel uplifted and strengthened to be and do better because of what I hear and feel in the class.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Family is everything. Family is the highest priority. We are all a part of God's family and we can be like him if we pattern our life after his. We believe that family relationships will last forever, even beyond death IF we are faithful. Jesus Christ makes that possible because he wants us to be happy. After all, family is where the greatest happiness is found! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

We know that God is our Father, and he wants us all to return to him. Eternal life is living the life that God lives in both quantity (forever) and quality (becoming perfected physically and spiritually with our families). Although this life is challenging and everyone has to face their own set of choices and experiences, God will reward us as we do our best. Eternal life is really our greatest hope that drives us to move forward and gives us purpose here. Show more Show less