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Hi I'm John

I'm just a regular guy.

About Me

I have three children. Two are teenagers. They call me Dad. I try to do more things with them than just help them with their math homework. I'm an electrical engineer. I'm always thinking of some project I'd like to do. I like fixing cars. My friends and family often ask for my help or advice on their cars. Someday it would be fun to build a kit car. My neighbor also works on cars and sometimes we help each other and lend tools to each other. I enjoy healthy foods, especially those grown in my own garden. I like warm weather, which makes me wonder why I live in Utah. But winter does have one redeeming quality for me: donuts and power slides. My friends wonder why all my conversations seem to lead back to cars.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. But I had to find out for myself if what I was taught really was true. The most important question for me was "is there life after death?" "What is the purpose of life's learning and experiences?" "If God is real, then why is there evil in the world?" I came up with all kinds of hypotheses about life after death and no way to prove any of them. When I read the introduction pages of the Book of Mormon again and thought about how eight men signed their names as witnesses to the gold plates; three were shown the plates by an angel, and that Joseph Smith testified he saw God, I figured that I had better read it and give it due diligence. I felt the power of God in my heart as I read the Book of Mormon and learned the many principles taught in it. They all made sense to me and I knew it was true. I couldn't scientifically prove the Book of Mormon was true, although a dozen witnesses who never recanted their testimonies seemed pretty credible to me. I found that because I sincerely wanted to learn for myself if it was true, my faith grew. I learned that Jesus Christ invites all to come to him, to learn of him, and become like him, but will force no man to heaven. The gospel of Jesus Christ answered my questions on what happens after I die, and what the purpose of life is. I do my best to live my life as Jesus taught so that I may have both peace in this life, and a great reward in heaven.

How I live my faith

I try to live all moments in my life as God would have me do. I watch my thoughts, words, and actions, and do my best to do the right things, even when it may be difficult or inconvenient, because I know that God is always watching me. I enjoy going to church every Sunday. I enjoy seeing my friends and listening to them give talks in church, or teach lessons in Sunday school classes. Occasionally, I have also given lessons in Sunday school. I think I get more out of giving the lesson than the class does. I even spoke to the whole congregation a couple weeks ago. I actually enjoyed it. Keeping God's commandments and reading God's word brings a real peace and contentment to my life.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

We welcome all people everywhere to come to Christ. Since God is the father of us all, we are all created equal in His eyes. No man should esteem himself above another. God desires that all people partake of salvation. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

The faithful members of the church pay tithing on their income (10%). It is completely voluntary. The Lord promises blessings to those who pay their tithing. In fact, the Lord issued a challenge, saying "prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10 http://scriptures.lds.org/en/mal/3/10#10 ). Because the donations are regarded as sacred, the church is very careful about making sure the funds are used wisely, and not wasted. Show more Show less