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Hi I'm John.

I grew up in Oregon. I'm a dad, a doctor and a Duck fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon. Participating in sports and attending University of Oregon sports events (football, basketball and track) were a big part of my life. I am still a Duck fan. I live in the Midwest with my wife and children. Like my father and my grandfather, I am a doctor. I practice diagnostic radiology. I like to read, write and teach. I like to be outside on nice days--especially when I get to use my chainsaw. We attend Shakespearean plays every summer. Our home is something of a gathering place for our children's friends. My wife and children bless my life daily. My religious beliefs add meaning to every activity of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

On my twelfth birthday, I received a Bible from my parents. As read the four Gospels, I discovered the personality of Jesus Christ. He was compassionate toward the sick--both spiritual and physical. He had great power but sought only to do the will of the Father. He was "meek and lowly of heart" yet he condemned hypocrites without apology. I was sure that I had never met anyone like Him. I wanted to be his disciple. After discovering Jesus in the Bible, I started attending church more often--I was already a Mormon. I went because I liked what I heard and felt. The lessons answered my questions. Many church members clearly loved me more than I loved myself. The promised literal resurrection of my body after death surprised me. As an Aaronic Priesthood holder, I served my congregation by passing, preparing and blessing the sacrament (similar to the Last Supper). I felt like I was becoming a modern disciple of Jesus Christ. Despite these good feelings, I was hesitant to be a Mormon. Why didn't others respond to the Church as I had? Did I really need to keep all the commandments taught by the Church? Could my search for truth be over at such a young age? Did I really need to be a Mormon to be a disciple of Christ? Attending college in Boston for two years, I met many Church members who were not hesitant to be Mormons. Their full participation in the Church provided them with spiritual evidence--peace of mind, self-discipline and happiness--that I lacked. I decided to try the same approach. Since choosing to participate more, and hesitate less, I have been richly blessed with experiences confirming to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's original Church returned to earth. I believe that I have received the ordinances and made the covenants required to become a disciple of Christ. My challenge now is to keep those covenants through faith in Christ, repentance, the help of the Holy Ghost, service to others and enduring trials well.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ gives meaning to my life. As his disciple I try to be the same person at home, at work and at church. I try to keep God's commandments and watch for His hand in my life. I try to be grateful for blessings and learn from adversity. I try to repent of my sins. I try to approach problems with my heart as well as my mind. I try to care more about others than myself. My membership in this Church has helped me discover truths that I never would have found on my own. Some of these truths have been discovered as I have fulfilled my duties in the Church: preaching the Gospel, caring for others and serving in the temple. Most of these truths have been discovered as I have applied Church teachings in my own life and in the life of my family. These truths constitute answers to many questions. What is happiness? What would God have me do? Can I find peace of mind? What will happen to me after death? Does God love me and all his children? I have felt God's love for his children as I have served them--especially when they are humble and willing to change in order know God. These feelings of God's love for his children have confirmed to me the reality of God and convinced me that he loves me too, despite my sins, my laziness and my rebelliousness. And having received this witness of God's love, I am obligated to continue to serve him by serving others.

Are Mormons Christians?

John.
I want to look beyond doctrinal differences between Christian churches to consider what we do as a Church and what I do as an individual to honor and obey Jesus Christ: 1) The name of the Church--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--implies that the Church belongs to Christ and he leads it through revelation to his servants; 2) All prayers, ordinances and blessings pronounced in the Church are done "in the name of Jesus Christ" who is the mediator between man and God; 3) Each Sunday we partake of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper and promise to take upon us the name of Christ, to always remember him and to keep his commandments that we may have his Spirit to be with us; 4) We believe that the opportunity to repent of our sins and be forgiven by God is possible only because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ performed for us in Gethsemane and on Golgotha; 5) I seek to study the scriptures and pray daily to better understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ; 6) I do indeed ask myself "What would Jesus do?" 7) I try to be a witness of Christ "at all times and in all things, and in all places;" 8) I try to follow Jesus by obeying the commandments of the Father; 9) I try to respond obediently when the Spirit of God prompts me to serve someone in need; 10) And after I do these things for a lifetime I will still need the mercy (grace) of Jesus Christ to be forgiven and cleansed and enter the presence of the Father and the Son. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

John.
During his Atonement, Christ suffered for the sins of all men and women "that they might not suffer if they would repent" (Doctrine and Covenants 19: 16). As a man without sin, Jesus did not need to suffer for his own sins. All of his suffering was for us. What is the result of his suffering? A fountain of forgiveness, water clean and pure, to cleanse us of our sins if we will repent. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

John.
Families can be together forever. The relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, and brothers and sisters last forever. The "work and glory" of God is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). This work of God is performed through families, for families and by families. "No success can compensate for failure in the home" (David O. McKay). "The most important...work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes" (Harold B. Lee). These two quotes from latter-day prophets establish our priorities as Mormons. They also suggest that our work at home is more enduring than any other work we do. The work we do for nations, corporations and universities will someday be undone because these institutions do not last forever. Only the family lasts forever. From this perspective the rewards of fame, fortune and power diminish toward zero while the rewards of serving our families expand toward infinity. Show more Show less