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Hi I'm John

I'm an international businessman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a dad of four, a dad-in-law, and a finance officer for Microsoft. I've moved 39 times, lived in six different countries, and many US states. I was born in the USA, but I've spent about 14 years of my life outside of the country. Over the years I've learned Spanish and Portuguese. In my spare time I love to get outside and go “adventuring.” From backpacking, camping, scuba diving, and hiking, to motorcycling, snow skiing and long-distance running, I love to get outdoors, breathe the fresh air, and get my heart pumping.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors joined the Church in the 1840's, but I'm not a Mormon out of tradition or family heritage. I'm a Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ lives, that He loves all of us, and that He sacrificed Himself for all of our Father's children. I believe that by following His example we can find joy. I know that His Atonement can heal all wounds. I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I also believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that God restored the complete gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph in modern times. I have learned that by following the teachings of God found in the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, and modern revelations, including the teachings of living prophets, I can find peace and safety in a troubled world -- for myself and for my family. The restored gospel of Christ gives me assurance that I can return to live with my Father in Heaven after this life, together with my wife, our children, and all our loved ones. I am so grateful for the love of God for all His children and for the knowledge He has given us of the purpose of life to learn to be more like Him and to return to live with Him again.  

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by loving God and loving his children. It seems like the best way to do this is by focusing on the needs of others and trying to forget my own needs and wants. Somehow, serving others brings its own joy. At work, I look for opportunities to teach, mentor, and help others reach for their professional aspirations. I try to make sure that I always act with integrity in my business dealings. Currently I serve as a volunteer bishop for the Church. This means I have responsibilities to support the members of our local congregation, as well as to provide service in our community. We look for opportunities to serve the less fortunate, give emergency assistance to those in need, and share the love we have for Jesus Christ and His teachings. I'm lucky because my responsibilities as a bishop involve spending a lot of time with teenage church members and the adult advisers who work with them. This means I get to participate in many of their activities, like bowling, treasure hunts, assisting needy individuals and families, camping, clearing hiking trails, boating, and so on. It's always great to spend time with young people who are trying to live their lives the best that they can and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also spend time counseling and supporting adults who are looking to make improvements in their lives, both spiritually and temporally.