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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon. I grew up on a dairy farm with lots of brothers and sisters. I became a school teacher then a school administrator.

About Me

Besides being a professional educator, I was a member of the Air National Guard and retired after 29 years of service as a Lt Colonel. I enjoy golfing, basketball, table tennis and playing board games with my friends. My wife and I raised two wonderful children and now have 7 grand children. Our children were adopted and we are so grateful to the young women who showed so much love to allow us to adopt them. After going through the extensive adoption process we had the joy of going to an LDS temple where our family was sealed together for this life and the next in an eternal family. Now, even though death might separate us, it is only temporary. A few months ago my wife was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer. So many of our dreams of retirement were now out the window. In our quiet moments as we held each other, we talked about our upcoming separation and the sorrow that it will bring to those left behind. What gave us such great comfort was the knowlege that this is only temporary.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, my beliefs give me the foundation of my life. Because of my Momon beliefs I choose not to use profanity. I choose not to see innappropriate movies. I choose to attend church with my family. I choose to treat my fellow man with honesty and respect. The knowlege of where I came from before I was born, why I am here, and where I am going after I die gives me a tremendous confidence and assurance in life. It also gives me the hope of a joyous reunion with my wife who so recently left my arms. I want to live worthy to be with her. The gospel teaches me the path to follow.

How I live my faith

In my work I assist school teachers and leaders how to help their students achieve higher academic levels. I conduct and assist in training sessions for educators across my state. In trying to be a good neighbor, I co-host neighborhood breakfasts or other events and try to help them - just as they have been an invaluable support to me. In the my church I have enjoyed teaching nine year old children as well as twelve year old children. I've also been in several leadership positions over youth, men, and the congregation. Mainly I try to live the principles of my belief. By doing so I can help others in the struggles they are encountering and help them to a better life.