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Hi I'm John

A native of Washington State I am a pathologist and father of 11 beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pathologist, a medical doctor specializing in making tissue diagnoses in the microscope and administering clinical laboratory work. I love science, particularly the study of the human body. My study over many years has created a deep reverence for life and the incredible intelligence that created it. As important and enjoyable as my profession is to me, my family associations are sweeter still. My wife Marsha and I have 11 of our own children whom we adore. Yes, we get the "looks" when we travel around, but we don't mind. These children are wonderfully special, best friends with each other and an inspiration to us as their parents.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man I had deep yearnings for spiritual things. I rode my bicycle all over my community attending many churches in a search for the truth. When I attended my first meeting in a Latter-day Saint congregation, I was touched by the spontaneous expressions of faith and love from the members, impressed that there were no paid clergy and touched by the sweet emphasis on family life I observed. I felt I had come home. I was baptized at age 19 after 18 months of study and church attendance. I cherish my membership in the Church. I served a mission in Finland and have learned so much from the leaders and fellow members. I am grateful for guidance of a living prophet and feel secure in the future, knowing the Lord has restored His true church to the earth and will not leave us on our own.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of me. Each morning I read the scriptures for ½ hour, pray and ask God for guidance and help. I trust God will help me in the future as He has in the past. I pray for help as I start my pathology work each day and have been helped to find problems through the microscope time after time. I try to implement things I learn, though this always takes more time and effort than I expect. I love learning the gospel in classes and through personal study. I am trying to become more worthy of the Lord’s blessings and hope to be a pillar of strength in a darkening world in the days ahead of us before the Lord returns.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I look in the microscope at human tissues every day, making diagnoses of tumors and other conditions. In doing so, I am a constant witness to the extraordinary order, structure and function of the body at a microscopic level. I have had the privilge of studying functions of the immune, nervous, circulatory, digestive and all other systems closely for over 30 years. These experiences have developed an undeniable witness within me that we are created beings. Our creator is both marvelously intelligent and benevolent. I cannot accept an explanation which is governed by chance or other random process. We are made by a loving God. I have been privileged to obtain a spriritual witness of the reality of Heavenly Father as well. He has answered my innumerable prayers, helped me with my problems and needs, given sure guidance through His spirit speaking to mine and protected me from harm. I love Him and know He is there and will be there for us forever. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Before we were born on earth we lived as spirit children in a heavenly home more beautiful than any we can imagine here. God is our father, the father of our spirit. Our spirit is the motive force within us – Soul is spirit plus body as we have now on earth. As spirits we were organized into the family of God and we learned to love each other as tender brothers and sisters. That is still the true nature of our relationship with one another. That is why we feel empathetic pain when someone hurts and why we yearn to live in families filled with love. Prior to starting our family, I had a special witness that the children who would come to our home would come from that world of spirits and would be great and noble people. I have always viewed them that way and I honestly stand in awe of their talents, great minds and good hearts. I love them and feel honored to serve humbly as their father. We have great times together and I feel we will be able to weather any storms that come as long as we stay close and exercise faith on behalf of each other. Show more Show less