Hi I'm Johnny!
I have Jewish, Islamic, and Puritan ancestry. I'm a musician, an artist, a headache guru, and I'm a Mormon.
I'm a desert rat. My six older siblings and I are 6th-generation Arizonans. Anyway, I've sang in a choir at Carnegie Hall and go to college in the middle of nowhere on music and academic scholarships. I absolutely love choir, Mini Coopers, Rottweilers, and ice cream. ...especially ice cream! I love volleyball, genealogy, gardening, reading, and hanging out and making funny home-movies with my friends and family. While my homies regard me as a "politics junky," my favorite subject is history. Thanks to my dad, I have inherited a genetic love for art. I enjoy creating art with graphite, colored pencil, pens, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil paint, and stained glass. However, ceramics apparently hates my guts; the clay just falls apart in my hands.
We make good casserole. Just kidding! My ancestors were approached by some missionaries in the 1800s in Denmark. After they read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it, they gave up all that they had to join with the "Mormons" in the Salt Lake Valley. Here I am, two hundred years later, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even with my amazing pioneer heritage, there comes a point in every person's life when they challenge what they've been taught as truth. I have never doubted that this church was true, but in order to have my own witness, I decided to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. However, it was not necessarily the words on the page that converted me, but months of prayer, fasting, and the pondering that coupled my scripture study. After I had read the Bible and the Book of Mormon all the way through, I wondered how anyone could deny either of these works as truly divine. I gained a very strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. It is such a blessing in my life. It has absolutely changed my life, and I would be nowhere without it! I know that Christ is the Son of God, and that He truly did live a perfect life and suffered for our sins. Through His atonement, we can learn from our mistakes and live with our families forever in the presence of God
I try to recognize that each of us is a child of God. As such, I try to treat everyone, as well as myself, with respect. I understand that my best will never be "good enough," but through Christ I can do all things. I recently served a two-year, full-time mission in Atlanta, Georgia. I love it! I got to meet new people everyday, and while speaking to strangers slightly terrifies me, I know that the true and original gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth through a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, and that it is for EVERYONE! I taught from the words of Christ that everyone needs to develop faith in Christ and His atonement, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Now I serve in my congregation as a family history consultant - I help people learn about their ancestors. It is SO much fun! Check out familysearch.org for information on YOUR ancestors!