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Hi I'm John

I'm an Air Force brat, was born in England, and "ran" a marathon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 8 kids. My parents are pretty amazing (8 kids, need I say more?). We lived all over the place and I've continued that "habit" of moving often in my own family. I've got a great wife and 4 young kids of my own. I love snow and water skiing (though I don't get to go as often as I used to), playing basketball, and having fun with the kids.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are active Mormons and they taught me (and the rest of my siblings) to be too. While growing up I went to church activities regularly, I read the scriptures daily with my family, and I interacted with friends (both Mormons and not) who were a good influence on me. During that time, I started to realize that what my parents and the Church were teaching me was really true. Time and time again as I have tried to live the way Mormons are supposed to live, I have found every little aspect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Mormon church to be absolutely true. Not only that, but by living that way, I am happy. Not the kind of happiness that's temporary, but the kind that brings real peace.

How I live my faith

I try to study the scriptures daily, go to church weekly, and visit a mormon temple as often as I can (I try to go monthly). i don't drink or smoke, never tasted coffee or tea, and I try to stay active and healthy. Co-workers have asked me how I am able to deal with such restrictions. I sincerely let them know that I view it as completely the opposite. Drinking, smoking, and coffee/tea become addictive and become restrictive themselves - I'm not dependent on them at all. I've been asked to be kind of a liaison for the missionaries in our area; to help coordinate their schedule and any needs they may have with the rest of the mormons in the congregation. So, I get to speak to them often and hear of experiences that they are having. It reminds me of when I was a missionary like them. (I went on a 2 year mission to Uruguay when I was 19 years old. I came back after the 2 years and went to college, got married, etc.)