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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Colorado, lived in Japan for 12 years, Hawaii for 4 years, and now live in Illinois. I am a linguist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a knack for languages. When I was a child, I could not speak coherently, and my younger brother used to translate for me to my parents. My father had an uncle who was a speech pathologist, and one day they had me spend 30 minutes with this uncle. When it was finished, the uncle said, "John is very gifted linguistically." I did not know about this story till I was older. I served a mission for the church in Japan, and found Japanese to be quite easy. I later decided that language was for me, and I ended up going to graduate school to earn a degree in Japanese linguistics. Because of this, my family lived in Japan for about 10 years. We then moved to Hawaii where I went to school to earn my advanced degrees. So you could say that I enjoy traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. As a child I was obedient, and did what I was supposed to. In my teens, I went to seminary, and that was when I realized that I believed what I had been taught, but did not have a burning conviction about it. I studied the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon with the intent of knowing for myself. While I did not have any miraculous or spectacular events, I came to have that peaceful assurance that what I had read, what I had studied, was true. I came to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he indeed saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I gained a witness, renewed many times, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith as I have learned. I have been a home teacher as long as I can remember. A home teacher visits a number of families every month to see how they are doing, to give them assistance if necessary, and to encourage them to live in peace and love. Lately I have been called as a bishop. This means that I have a flock (we call them 'wards') that I watch over.