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Hi I'm John Odell

I love the Constitution and this great Republic. I like to read about birds, history, biographies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am fond of birdwatching (from my windows), reading good books (biographies, histories, classics, mathematics, space exploration), and going to the Temple and the Home Storage Center with my beautiful wife. I might be considered a JRR Tolkien fan and love to delve into Middle Earth. I love the Lord Of The Rings movies.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1962 a Bishop in a Mormon Church in Great Falls, Montana gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and challenged me to read it. A few days later I took the challenge and started reading. As I read I received a powerful testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I knew it was true. And if it was true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. That has been nearly 50 years ago and I still know it is true.

How I live my faith

I am retired now and that gives me the freedom to help in the Church that others sometimes can't because of work schedules. The Church has long been involved with the BSA and with Cub Scouts. I am the Cubmaster and love the opportunity to work with the kids (just like my grand kids) and the leaders in scouting activities. It is great fun. I am also able to serve at the Bishop's Storehouse and help in the stocking and distribution of food to those who are in need. With my wife we enjoy the opportunity to help others in the Home Storage Center as well.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

John Odell
Of course the Church does not endorse political parties. Political parties do not represent the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But all the members of the Church are encouraged to participate in the political system and many have and do. We will be held responsible for our actions in the political arena just as we are in every other activity of our lives. I feel strongly that we have an obligation to support the Constitution of this land and that the Lord had a lot to do in its founding and in the freedoms that we receive from adhering to its principles. The Founding Fathers were inspired by God and we should be inspired by them. There are many criteria that we can use to choose political candidates but none are of more value than that recommended by modern scripture, namely, to search after honest and good men. I love our American Republic and our Constitution and try to support men or women who support the ideas and principles found in that document. According to the Declaration of Independence we receive our rights from our creator and must be ever aware that we do not turn our rights to the whims of men, however well meaning they may be. I am not a fan of political parties and consider myself a Constitutional conservative and very independent. Show more Show less