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Hi I'm John

I'm a native Coloradoan. I've run two marathons. I love watching movies. I have a wife and six kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father to six kids, a native of Colorado. I recently survived a bout with prostate cancer and am now a bit obsessed with nutrition and good health. I work in public relations. I enjoy watching movies. I served a church mission in Japan and as a result I really like eating sushi and other types of Japanese food.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a mixed relgion family. My mom was a member of the Mormon Church but my dad was a Presbyterian. At first I enjoyed staying home with my dad on Sundays, but as I got older I began to recognize how I felt when I attended church with my mom. The more involved I became the more comfortable I felt. When it came time to go to college I chose to go to an LDS Church-sponsored university. It turned out to be a great choice. It was there I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and developed a strong belief that it was a true book. From there I developed a desire to serve as a missionary for the Church to share my faith with others. I was called to serve in Japan. I guess the thing I most appreciate about the Mormon Church is how encompassing and inclusive the restored gospel is. There is literally a place for just about everyone.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Second Counselor in our local ward. That means I'm one of the presiding authorities over a local congregation. None of us are paid for our service. I work in public relations, the Bishop is a dentist and the other counselor is a dental specialist in doing root canals. We all put in many hours a week and are happy to be of service to our brothers and sisters. Members all have an opportunity to serve and those assignments change fairly frequently. Today I'm a leader but tomorrow I may very well be the "hymn book coordinator."

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can learn for yourself whether Mormonism is true or not. We are taught we can pray to our Father in Heaven and ask him specifically about such questions. He will reveal the truth to you through warm, peaceful feelings in your heart. These feelings come from the Holy Ghost whose job it is to testify of such things. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

When we develop deep love for our spouses and children, we may wonder why marriages must be for only "until death." We have a natural feeling that such fulfilling relationships should continue past death into the eternities. Mormons believe that such relationships can be "sealed for time and all eternity" within temples. What a wonderful blessing! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes! There is a living prophet on the earth today and he provides the messages and direction that our Heavenly Father wants us to have today. Heavenly Father loves modern men and women just as much as the ancient Israelites who were led by Moses. That's why we also have the opportunity to listen to and follow a modern prophet. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We believe that our Heavenly Father loves all His children -- no matter where or when they were born on the earth. We believe He has called prophets to teach us correct principles. Prophet record these teachings. The Bible is one such record that teaches correct principles. The Book of Mormon is another record that was written by other prophets. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Members of the church who certify to their leaders they follow the commandments are allowed to worship inside special buildings called temples. Inside temples we learn about some of life's most profound questions: "where did we live before we came to earth," "what is the purpose of life on this earth," and "what happens after we pass away." Temples are especially quiet, beautiful and peaceful. They provide a real respite from the cares of the world. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Church members pay tithing and other offerings to help sustain the church. We pay our tithing and offerings to our local church leader, who remits the funds to church headquarters. Tithing and offerings are sufficient to build and maintain buildings, provide educational materials and assist the needy around the world (among other things). Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jesus Christ can be a powerful partner in our marriages and families. His example and teachings provide principles, which if followed, can lead to happier and more fulfilling relationships. It's better than any popular psychology! Show more Show less