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Hi I'm John Fairbanks

I'm a husband, father, teacher & coach. I won two National Championships playing football for the Florida Gators. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently teach at a military school here in Waynesboro, Virginia. I have a background in education and history. I teach world history as well as government to high school students. I am a strength coach as well as an assistant football and basketball coach at my school. I have a beautiful family and I love to spend time with them going on bike rides, going to the movies and the park. I was born in Palm Springs, CA and grew up in Newport Beach, CA (Orange County). I graduated from high school and went on to play football for the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. I enjoyed great success while at UF winning two National Championships, two SEC Conference Championships, and two bowl victories in the Sugar Bowl and Outback Bowl. While at UF I met my wife to be and we were married in 2008.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a loving Mormon family. I had great examples throughout my life on what it means to be a man and a father. As I grew into my own skin I questioned what was true and what was not. I wanted to find a faith that felt right, that spoke to me on a deeper level. I visited many different churches and seeked diligently to find that "true church." I prayed when I was young if the Mormon church was the right church for me, I only received the answer to this prayer when I was ready to listen. I was given a choice by a very dear friend, the choice was whether or not I wanted to be Mormon. At that moment I felt an overwhelming sensation that I KNEW the church was true. The choice changed my life forever, and it was for the better. I know that I made the right decision for me and I have been given a beautiful family because of it.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. My faith makes me who I am, but is not all that I am. I believe it is important to be three dimensional. My faith has given me a wonderful layout to follow and examples of what the best choice will be for my family and I. I love being able to meet new faces and help those that get lost in the shuffle, so they do not feel like they are alone. Another big part of living my faith is researching about my ancestors/working on my genealogy. I love being able to learn more about those that came before me and help others unravel the mysteries of their families past. One of the biggest things that I have learned from researching about my past is that everyone is not the same! We do not all fit one mold. I am so happy that God has given us the free will to choose what makes us who we are. Life would be terribly boring if we were all the same. Being able to live your faith and love the way you live it so crucial in this day and age. I could never imagine being a part of a faith that I did not love to live. That is why I am Mormon.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

John Fairbanks
The church has sent a call to all able body young men ages 19-24, to serve a two year mission to preach the gospel. Women are also encouraged to serve a mission for the church if they choose to. It is a choice that every member can make for themselves and their family. However, it is not a mandatory service that you must do in order to stay in the church; it is a choice. Show more Show less