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Hi I'm John

I grew up on a skateboard. I'm working towards an MBA at the University of Chicago. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a teenager I was a skater and skateboarding defined me. Over time I developed other interests like basketball and track. I went to college and continued playing sports and skating in my free time. I also started exploring science. I majored in neuroscience but decided that medicine wasn't for me and I pursued a career in finance. I love economics and finance because I love to understand how the world works and why things are the way they are. I recently got married and my wonderful wife and I decided to move to Chicago so I could pursue an MBA at the University of Chicago. My wife is a painter and loves being in a big city with access to so much culture and diversity. We have had a great time in the city and I'm learning a lot. I hope to have an internship this summer in investment management and we'll go from there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon but didn't believe for myself until I was in high school. I was a typical bad attitude teenager and rebelled against my parents somewhat. However, I realized I was never really happy. After searching for happiness in various worldly ways I decided I'd try reading the Book of Mormon. I'd been taught my whole life that it would change me and make me happy if I sincerely studied it but I never took that to heart until I was sick of being unhappy. I read the book cover to cover and felt a light and joy unlike anything I had ever felt before. After high school, I spent two years in the Amazon jungle sharing that joy with the Brazilian people. That light and joy continue to carry me and motivate me today. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It testifies of the Savior Jesus Christ and contains the fullness of the gospel. His gospel is a plan of happiness. It was right in front of me but it still took work to find it.

How I live my faith

I live very close to a hospital in downtown Chicago. Our local church leaders often receive calls from patients requesting that we pray with them as they confront severe illness and disease. Since our local leaders cannot be everywhere at once I have the privilege to visit those in need at the hospital. It's always a great experience and I'm always amazed at how blessed I am when I attempt to serve in my small way.