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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Hawaii and Las Vegas. I go to medical school. I like writing music and playing basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Kahuku, Hawaii, the eldest of 5 children. I love the islands and the Hawaiian culture, especially the idea of loving and learning from people of all nations and different walks of life. I hope to be able to preserve the culture of Hawaii and the Aloha spirit of love for others and pass that on to my children. I am a medical student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. I am very happily married to my wife Cami and we have two beautiful kids, Daniel and Clara. I love writing music, singing and performing. In my spare time, I love music that has meaning to the person that wrote it and that has a message for those who listen. I really enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, and playing basketball at the YMCA and at church.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family where my mother and father were both members of this church, at a young age I felt that I needed to know for myself whether or not this church was right for me, whether it was true or not. I really began thinking about this when I was around 14 or 15 years of age. I began a serious study of the Book of Mormon and the Bible. As I read the scriptures and went to church and prayed sincerely, I developed a strong faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Especially as I read the Book of Mormon, and prayed about whether or not it was true, I had specific experiences that are special to me, and feelings in my heart and thoughts in my mind that helped me know in my heart that the book is true. I do know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon both contain the word of God and were inspired of the Lord Jesus Christ. I also have prayed to know whether or not Joseph Smith is a prophet and have felt that truly he was a prophet of God. As it says in James 1:5, "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God" and also, "Ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you" Matthew 7:7. As I asked and sought God for the answers to my questions, he answered me and always has. It was through many experiences feeling the power of the Holy Spirit that helped me to know that this church is true. For these reasons, and also for the many blessings I have seen in my life, answers to specific prayers, for the joy that comes as I live the gospel in my family, and for the way I feel as I strive to keep God's commandments: these collectively contribute to why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

My wife and I take our kids to church with us each Sunday. There, we take the bread and the water each week to renew our promises to God that we will serve Him and keep his commandments. I try to read the scriptures every day by myself and with my family, and I pray every morning on my knees and also at night. We say prayers as a family at meal times and every night before bed. I also have opportunities to serve in the church. I go and help organize when someone moves in or out of our area. We strive to serve each other as the Lord has taught and so most of the time when someone moves in or out of our congregation's boundaries, we have volunteers from the congregation come and help them load up their moving van and help unload if their new residence is close enough. My wife teaches the little children in a sunday school class during church on Sunday. I also am assigned with another brother to help care for and watch over a couple of the other families in our congregation, who we visit with at least once a month and try to help them in any way that they need, for example, helping them with special projects around the house, or just being there and providing a meal when someone is sick. I believe that God has called a living prophet, someone who speaks for God today and so we read online or listen to his messages every month from a magazine called the Ensign. I strive to live my life after the pattern that Jesus showed to us, by being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost Holy Spirit, and keeping the commandments and having charity for others. I love my Father in Heaven and also my Savior Jesus Christ. I recognize and thank them daily for the many blessings they give me.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

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The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins if we will repent and follow God's commandments. The Atonment includes Jesus' suffering in a place called the Garden of Gethsemane and his suffering and death on the cross, In Gethsemane, Jesus he took upon himself the burden of suffering the penalty for every sin that anyone has ever committed or will ever committ, for every single individual on the earth.Jesus suffered every pain that we have felt, he suffered the extreme of grief and sorrow. Because of this suffering, Jesus understands everything that we go through. He is the perfect friend who can perfectly understand and empathize with us, because he has been through exactly what we have gone through. And because he knows all we have gone through, he is quick to forgive us and we can pray to God our Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness, if we are willing to repent and change and turn away from our sins. I am so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ, because without it none of us could be saved. For "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). The Lord made it possible for us to come become worthy to return back to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again in their presence, and to have the greatest gift of God: eternal life. How great the wisdom of God, and how great is the love that Heavenly Father had for us in sending his own perfectly obedient Son to suffer and die for my sins and yours. And how grateful I am to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, for loving me enough to suffer, bleed and die for my sins and imperfections. I know that He lives today, that he rose from the dead on the third day after he was buried, and that he is a perfect being, full of love and wisdom. I know that He is our Savior and the only way that we can be freed from our sins and return to live with Heavenly Father again. Through faith in Him, and by following his commandments, we can become clean and live with God again. Show more Show less