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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon. I love the outdoors, good music, and my family. My personal belief in Christ and his teachings shape my life.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon and loved it. I miss a bit, including the rain. Now I live close to the beach in Southern California, but wish I was in the Pacific Northwest. I'm crazy, I know. I went to college in Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University for a year, and then went on a mission for the Church. I was called to Fiji, but after six months got sick and went home. I loved my time in Fiji. The people are so wonderful there, and it opened up my eyes to a different kind of life. After a month at home, I was reassigned to Florida where I finished out the remaining 18 months of my mission. I enjoyed my time teaching people about Jesus Christ and serving others in a way I had never experienced before. After my mission I came home and resumed college at Brigham Young University. For all the funny quirks it has, Provo still is a pretty fun place. Interesting and fun people, pretty mountains, great education. I met a girl there who I thought was really cute, and had an especially wonderful personality. So a while later we got married. Best decision of my life. We now have two little girls. I'm outnumbered, but wouldn't have it any other way. I love to be outdoors, although it happens much less frequently than in my mind. Love the seasons, mountains, trees--all God's creations. The longer I'm around and get the chance to live another day, the more and more I see His hand in everything. Other interests are music, going to shows, athletics, photography.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, truth be told, because I grew up that way. I was baptized at 8 years old like many Mormon kids. Perhaps another way to look at it is, "Why am I still a Mormon?" Well, for a lot of reasons. But what it boils down to is that I really believe that the gospel taught is Christ's full gospel. I know it's the Truth. It can be hard to live up to that truth 100% of the time, but that's why Jesus Christ is our Savior. If we do try to be like Him--if we truly, honestly, want to be more like Him, then we'll try to be the best person we can. And he will always be there to help us be better. He is the great Example for us all. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I feel of God's love as I learn and am reminded of the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a book that contains true testimonies about Jesus Christ, and gives historical records of civilizations that learned about the good and bad life has to offer. It teaches that there is Right and Wrong. It shares experiences from people's lives about learning to choose the right, and the consequences of choosing wrong. It testifies that Truth comes from Christ, that he is the light of the world. Truth and right and goodness are Godliness, and these emanate from Christ's example. So, I am still a Mormon because I believe this Church contains the most correct doctrine of Christ, and the greatest manifestations of God's teachings to mankind.

How I live my faith

I like to live my faith every day. It bothers me when some people talk one way, and act a different way. I like consistency, and I try to be consistent in the way that I live. I like to live my faith and show what I believe by being kind, and trying to think of others more often. Christ lived for others. Great people live to lift and inspire and help others. I want to be like that, and so I try to be kind to my family, friends, or strangers and think of ways I can make their day better. A smile, a hug, helping others. At church on Sundays, I currently help out with the youth. I teach them during church, lessons from the scriptures, both the Bible and The Book of Mormon. We talk about what it means to stand for things that are right, even when pressures from society, friends, media etc seem to be pulling for our attention. We discuss how we can fight for the right cause, and be like Christ...how to obey, and help others to do the same. I also often visit members homes to socialize, talk about life, and share messages that help to bring strength to the soul. Who doesn't need strength to become better? It is great to be among others and to learn from their experiences and examples.