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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five - one daughter; four sons. My wife and I will complete our 44th wedding anniversary in 2014. Our youngest son will marry in May 2014. Our oldest grandchild graduates from high-school in 2014. The various activities, comings and goings of our children and grandchildren add excitement and spice to our "empty-nester" lives. We rejoice in their accomplishments and happiness and also feel their love and support from across the miles that separate us. My wife is an RN and energy medicine practitioner and is also an energy medicine certification instructor. I am a CPA, and recently completed my 12-year term as our firm's managing director. In addition, I serve as a director of a local community bank and as one of three founding directors of a growing national charitable foundation, the Kids Working Wonders Foundation. Our Foundation's mission is to give school children the experience of serving young patients in the nation's many children's hospitals and raising vital funds for those hospitals. Our programs help youth grow in character in an environment where they experience the power of serving others, while learning valuable lessons about hope and compassion, communication, organization, and leadership. My greatest treasures are my family. Our children are spread out in far flung places like Singapore, Florida, San Francisco, and Boston. Fortunately, four of our nine grandchildren live somewhat close to us in Oregon. We are blessed beyond measure.

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents were LDS Church members when I was born, I did not think of us as active Mormons. Not until my high school junior year did I develop a sincere interest in raising my level of Church activity. Looking back at what influenced my thinking about this, I recognize many factors contributed to it. I love that my parents encouraged independent thinking in making decisions. I never felt compelled to attend Church. This "agency" gave us needed space to determine for ourselves the value of Church membership and the degree of our involvement. My personal migration toward more active involvement came at a time that was right for me. One highly cherished God-given gift is my natural inclination toward spiritual matters. Not to be confused with piety or righteousness. Those who knew me in school can attest to the numbers of times I was in trouble, or barely escaped trouble, because of my choice of friends and activities. I wasn't a bad person - just a good person making poor choices. I believe my love and respect for God opened the door for Him to appeal to my spiritual nature and to gently draw me into the circle of His influence. I later learned several genuinely concerned Church members, both peers and adults, were prayerfully counseling together about subtle ways in which they might lovingly reach out to me to better light the path I was following in that general direction. One day I was alone in our living room, lost in thought about questions a 16-year-old boy faces in deciding what to do in life. I noticed a book within reach titled "The Mormon Story". Thumbing through its pages, I read for the first time the account of the boy prophet Joseph Smith and his extraordinary face-to-face visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ in New York in 1820. I knew immediately that Joseph's account was factual, and I have never doubted it occurred exactly as he said. This marked the beginning of my quest to pursue the truth about God's plan for us here on earth.

How I live my faith

Serving others is one of the keys to personal happiness in life. Serving a two-year Church mission in Guatemala and El Salvador reinforced my belief that God placed us on Earth to love and serve one another - to share the load of burdens, uplift and inspire, carry and nurture the weak and weary, and participate together in building God's kingdom on Earth. Following my mission I was privileged to serve for several years in a mission leadership capacity. It was also my great pleasure to serve as a bishop and a counselor in our stake presidency for a period spanning 20 consecutive years, where I was blessed to be able to work with and serve the youth of the Church. I have also served in the Scouting program, both as a troop leader and as a Scout Committee Chair. My present Church position is an area assignment that allows me to teach priesthood leaders in several stakes throughout the North America Northwest Area of the Church. It is wonderful to see the progress of extraordinary young leaders in these various congregations that were once the eager youth with whom I was earlier privileged to serve. It is also rewarding to see young people catch the vision of community service as part of our Kids Working Wonders Foundation mission. Many of these young student leaders are Church members who are following the Church's admonition to reach out into the community to serve. The Lord said, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."