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Hi I'm John

I'm a retired educator, I'm married to a great wife of 42 yrs. and mother of our 7 children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived over 10% of my life outside the United States in So. America and I spent my last 18 working years in Washington DC. In our retirement years my wife and I are finding joy and fulfillment visiting and assisting our kids and 22 grandchildren and serving missions for the Church. We returned in 2009 from a 2 year mission assignment in Bolivia and we are now serving in Madrid, Spain on another mission assignment.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up in the LDS Church it has been during the process of stiving to live the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ and while watching others live the Gospel that I have come to see and understand that there is simply no better way to live on this earth. This Gospel answers the great questions of life and I have witnessed time and again that where individuals truly strive to follow our Savior's teachings that the Spirit enters their life and they are blessed and strengthened to become more than they ever could be without the Gospel. I have personally been blessed with personal experiences that have left me to know that God is there, that He loves us (His children), that He is watching over and can and does bless us as we seek to trust and follow Him.

How I live my faith

I feel certain that Heaven will be a place where everyone there will have learned that in order to have a Heaven one must continually reach out to help, look after and love those around you, similar to what our Savior did during his ministry here on earth. I know of no better way to learn and prepare to live in Heaven than to practice the skills of service and love here on earth. We won't get a better chance to learn them. Throughout our lives my wife and I have endeavored to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ, serving wherever asked in the Church and reaching out to neighbors and others around us and we have endeavored to teach the skills of service and love of fellowman to our children. Now that we are retired with family raised and finding ourselves with extra time we, like many other couples in the Church are accepting calls to assist in the work of our Savior wherever the Church needs to send us which is at our own expense. In 2009 we returned from a 2 year assignment in Bolivia and we are now now fulfilling another mission in Spain. I would add that while members receive no pay for service in the Church invariably we see an abundance of blessings that appear as we serve. Such blessings range from deep experiences of personal peace, happiness and satisfaction to the disappearance of needs and issues or problems which often face children or family members and it includes lives which were in struggle or confusion that were turned around. Additionally blessings include the numerous special friends and experiences that become part of one’s life while serving the Lord.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Eternal Life is that life which our Heavenly Father lives and the purpose of this earth and especially the mission, the suffering, the death and the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ all have the final purpose of providing to every soul who is born to this earth opportunity to progress to their greatest potential. As one studies and comes to fully understand the gospel of our Savior and His great plan of salvation, one grows in understanding of God’s plan and His great love and desire for each of us to achieve our greatest potential, and through obedience to correct principals, to be worthy to receive this most glorious and greatest of all God’s gifts, to live with Him and enjoy the type of life He lives, that being Eternal Life. Show more Show less