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Hi I'm John

I create, I play, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father and husband, I am a designer, I am a friend to all. I currently run a small industrial design firm out of the Sacramento area.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 12 years old. I remember going to church as a non-member and participating in church activities for a few years before my family joined. One thing I can specifically remember was how much I was learning in the church (even as a young child). My experiences at other churches up to that point had revolved around some sort of playtime or being watched by a babysitter of sorts. I was impressed that the Mormon kids were expected to learn doctrine and read scriptures. I quickly found myself learning along side some of my new friends and feeling good about being at church. After being baptized, I continued to learn and grow in my testimony or feelings of the truthfulness of the gospel as restored by Joseph Smith. I later would serve a church mission in Illinois, walking some of the very land where Joseph and the early saints settled. I was blessed with confirmation after confirmation that what I was teaching as a missionary was the only full truth about the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth today.

How I live my faith

For starters I go to church. I think so many people in this world today have little to no place for God in their lives. I find that going to church on a weekly basis helps me keep a certain focus about myself on the things in this world that really matter. I think it is hard enough-even with weekly church attendance-to keep from getting caught up in the fear and confusion of mortality. I live my faith by doing my best everyday to improve myself. It seems like however small my progress may be, I know I am exercising my hope in a way that is beneficial to my spiritual self. I do this specifically by being a husband to a wonderful wife and mother, being a father to the cutest little girl and handsomest little baby boy, and by pushing myself to learn more about the savior Jesus Christ.

What is being a Mormon like?

John
Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a whole load of FUN. Contrary to the sentiment or stereotype surrounding and portraying Mormons as being boring no-fun squares, I have to say I have had so much fun as member of the church. I think a lot of people think Mormons are somehow all a bunch of rule-bound boring robots who don’t ever get to enjoy life. Perhaps you won’t find us at the bars on the weekend or participating in some of the worlds more precarious/promiscuous activities, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t out having fun. Members of our church are out enjoying full lives, participating in so many great and enriching activities. We bike, we swim, we golf, we play all manner of sports, we go out, we entertain, we love movies, we love fine foods and restaurants, we are into technology and the arts, we seek out good wherever it may be! Above all we love our families and we love people. The church teaches us an understanding of who we are and what we can become through observance of the Savior’s teachings. While the church leaves most decisions in this life to personal discretion, yes, I admit there are things the church teaches members not to do. Some of those things include the use of alcohol, coffee and tobacco. I don’t know all of the reasons why The Lord has directed this be the case but I follow it. With following it, and as time goes on in my life, I find that it has blessed me much more than it has been a nuisance or burden for me. There are millions of other members of the church who live these standards and are blessed as well. I believe that following these things do indeed offer members a protection from some of life’s pitfalls. It allows us to exercise our faith and have a certain discipline about us that extends to other areas of life as well. Show more Show less