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Hi I'm John

After living in Tianjin, China for 2 years, I am now serving as a temple missionary in the Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple.

About Me

I'm 58 years old, the father of 5 wonderful children and the grandfather of 10 beautiful grand kids. I am a retired business man who ran businesses that made woodwork for large commercial buildings and retail stores. I'm married to my best friend and have been for 37 years. We now live in China and teach English to PHD students at a university. We have chosen to live in China 10 months of the year in order to try and bridge the gap of great misunderstanding that exists between the US and China. We love learning a new culture and teaching about the US. We share with our students essays from the program "This I Believe" that ran on NPR for a number of years. Part of our final exam is for our students to give a 4 minute speech about what they believe. Their hopes and dreams and beliefs mirror those of ours and I can see that they and we come to see the similarities of our cultures and not the differences. I'm sharing my time to hopefully make a small difference in improving relations with China even if it is one student at a time. I'm John a husband, father, grandfather, retired businessman, an English teacher and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

When I think about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and what He has done for me, tears roll down my cheeks, I get choked up with a big lump in my throat I am a Mormon because of the sweet feelings I experience in Church, in reading the scriptures, in the times when my family is all together, and at night when I get on my knees with my wife and give thanks to my Father in Heaven for the blessings of the day and plead with him for the welfare of my children and grandchildren. It's hard sometimes to be away from them, but I know that they are being looked after. I know in my heart and in my mind that as I try and follow Jesus Christ and serve others I find happiness. I'm young enough that I should be working and trying to make my retirement more secure, but there is a lot more to life than money and things.

How I live my faith

I serve in China as the Branch President, pastor, of a small congregation of ex-patriot members of the church from many different countries. We sing hymns in English, Korean and Mandarin. We are a small group of people that support, love and care for each other. Each week as we meet I feel enriched and uplifted.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I served a Mormon mission as a young man. Before I left I sold my car and used the money from that to pay for about half of the cost of my 2 years in Ecuador. My mother, a widow, in her sixties, worked as a secretary and paid for the part I could not cover. Most of the time the cost of serving a mission is paid for by the parents or families of the missionary. Show more Show less