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Hi I'm John

I'm an avid soccer and volleyball player. I'm an orthopaedic surgery resident. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports. All sports. Soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, racquetball, snowboarding, wake boarding, rock climbing...you name it. I have yet to find a sport I don't like. Even more than playing sports, though, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and two daughters - the joys of my life. Nothing makes my wife and me happier than seeing our two little girls smile and hearing them laugh. I am in my second year of residency in orthopaedic surgery, and although the hours can be insane, I love what I do, and my supportive wife and family help me get through it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and that is definitely the reason why I have had so many opportunities and influences to continue in the faith. However, there is no way I would dedicate so much of my time and efforts toward something I didn't truly believe in. Honesty and integrity are two of the most important characters a person can have, and I feel like I would be lying to myself, my family, and everyone else if I hadn't done my best to find out if the church I belong to teaches the truth. And through experience, prayer, and most importantly the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of God, I have gained an undying conviction of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ himself leads this church, and that is why I am a part of it.

How I live my faith

I have the great opportunity of being a Sunday School teacher for the adults of our congregation. Teaching, no matter in what capacity, is one of the greatest callings in life, and I feel all the more blessed to be able to do it in an atmosphere where the members of the class and I get to learn to be a better people and better followers of Christ.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

John
Church is the place where we go each Sunday to worship and learn together about how to better follow the example and teachings of Christ. Temples are actually not even open on Sunday, except for the visitors center that may be right next to a temple. We attend temples to perform sacred ordinances, to be taught doctrines of the gospel, and to feel the closeness of our Father in Heaven. It truly is the House of the Lord, and the spirit and feeling present there is a testimony of that fact. And because it is the House of the Lord, and as such a very sacred place, only those Mormons who obey God's commandments are worthy to enter. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

John
Obviously this is a very sensitive topic, particularly in the area I live in. I want to be clear that we do not hate or feel threatened by the LGBT community. We love them as we love any other group of people. We do not believe that they are inherently evil. Each of us has temptations unique to ourselves. Some temptations are stronger than others. Some have a tendency toward alcoholism. Some toward pedophilia. Some toward theft. Some toward adultery. Some toward sodomy. The temptations do not make the person evil or dirty. But the fulfillment of an action in capitulation with the temptation does. But we do not hate those who fall into temptation, either. We love them and will help them in any way we can to help them come unto Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

John
If a Christian is someone who believes and tries to follow Christ's teachings, then we are Christians. If a Christian is someone who believes Christ suffered and died to atone for our sins, then we are Christians. If a Christian is someone who centers their faith on Christ, then we are Christians. We believe Christ to be the literal head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that He personally directed prophets of old times to lead his church, and we believe he does the same in our day with modern prophets. Some will purport that my last comment makes us un-Christian. I am not sure why that is the case, but that is one reason some will say we are not. We believe that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so much, that they want to give us everything they have, as indicated in Romans 815-17. That is another doctrine that will cause others to say we are not Christians. They say it is blasphemous to say we can have all that Christ has. But we never begin to say that we will be equal with God or Christ. No matter what we are given, our Heavenly Father is still our Father and Christ is still our Savior. Nothing will change that. But we do accept that God can make us "joint heirs with Christ if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." So are we Christian? I'll let you decide. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

John
The general principle for God's people has always been monogamy, and we continue to believe that. If any member of the church is found to practice polygamy, s/he is excommunicated. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told a prophet named Jacob that no man should have more than one wife unless he specifically commands it. So, you may ask, why did Mormons ever practice polygamy? I would then ask, why did Abraham, or Moses, or David practice polygamy? The answer is that the Lord has at times commanded His people to practice polygamy to help establish the House of Israel. In the passage mentioned previously in the Book of Mormon, the Lord said that if He wants His people to practice polygamy, he will specifically command it to "raise up seed unto himself." Near the beginning of the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lord commanded some of His people to practice polygamy to help establish His people during a particularly brutal and persecution-rich time. But after a number of years, He withdrew that practice after it had fulfilled it's purpose, and today it is no longer practiced among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less