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Hi I'm John

I am a husband and a father of three beautiful children. I am an orthodontist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a quiet street in Southern California. I had a paper route, played Little League baseball, and spent the summers swimming at the neighbor's pool, building a tree house with my friends, and playing sports until it got dark outside. I love to play basketball, read books, bake cookies and homemade bread. My life now is centered around my wife and three children. I love watching my children grow and change and develop new skills. They are my world. My wife is my best friend. In my professional life I am an orthodontist. I enjoy working with teenagers and seeing the excitement on their faces the day we take off their braces. I have much to be grateful for.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. At first, that was the only reason I was a Mormon. As I have experienced life, attended other churches, and studied more about other religions, I have found in the Mormon church answers to questions that I have not found anywhere else - why am I here on this earth, what things really matter in this life, what should I be trying to accomplish while I am alive, what does God expect of me, what will happen after I die? The answers to these questions are found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel as it is taught in the Mormon church speaks to my heart and makes sense to my mind. I have felt a peacefulness and a love in the church that I have not found anywhere else. I have discovered that those feelings come from God as I learn the truth about His gospel. My faith makes me a better person and teaches me that all that I have and am comes from God. It helps to center my life on Jesus Christ. It teaches me that I can be forgiven of my sins. It fills me with gratitude. It inspires me to be more generous. It is the source of my happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being active in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith is more than just a belief or a moral compass. It is not a theory that I only read about in books or scripture. It has real answers to real questions, affects my life on a daily basis, and requires work. Service to my fellow man - both members of the church and those outside of the church - is an important part of my faith and is one way that I serve God. I have formal responsibilities to others at church. I keep track of the financial records of my local congregation and prepare paperwork for audits. I also have been assigned three families that I visit with on a monthly basis to make sure that they are spiritually and physically healthy and offer to help them in any way I can. I also have responsibilities to my fellow man. I particpate in and support professional organizations related to orthodontics, educational and athletic organizations in the community, The Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts, and I enjoy organizing food and clothing drives especially around the holidays.