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Hi I'm John

I surf, throw yoyos and am a mormon.

About Me

I am a Civil Engineer who also enjoys surfing, yoyos, and spending time with my wife. I graduated from BYU with a masters in Civil Engineering and currently work for my parents designing fake mountains at theme parks and competition swimming pools. I used to swim for BYU's team and was a 2 time All American in High School. I currently am into fencing and making videos for my various hobbies like Astrojax, a yoyo-like toy which I am sponsored for. I also really enjoy nature and listening to electronic music.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, or in other words my parents were members when I was born. Over my early years, I just went with the flow and never really questioned what I believed in. It just seemed right. In High School, during our early morning gospel study class called Seminary, I was challenged to pray about the gospel topics we studied every morning. After much prayer, confirmations seemed to come to me about each gospel point. Also, from an intellectual standpoint, the Gospel seems to have answers where other people or institutions don't. Questions like "Where was I before I was born here on earth... if there was such an existence" Questions like that seem to go either unanswered, or things seem to not add up. The church and it's principles and organization make sense to me. That and the confirmation through prayer is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently called as the Ward Mission Leader in my home-town ward. What I do is coordinate with the full time missionaries and make sure they get the help they need to serve the Lord as much as possible. I live right next door to them so it's very easy to make sure they are able to do the Lord's work and get them the support they need. I enjoy hearing their experiences and testimony as I think about what I did when I served my mission years ago and use those experiences to help the current missionaries out. Besides that I help out with the Youth whenever I can since my wife works with the Young Women, or high-school and middle school aged girls. I also visit families as a part of another church calling called Home Teaching. I go and visit two families a month and not only make sure everything is ok with regards to physical needs, but I have the opportunity to share a gospel message with them. It is really neat to be able to be good friends with families you may not have met otherwise.

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

John
The Mormon Church itself does not endorse political parties. However, members are very active in their local, state and national governments and vote however their views dictate. However, there are issues such as Gay Marriage, Storage of Nuclear Waste in Utah back in 2005, and others where the Church takes a stance based on moral issues. The individuals members may vote how they see fit, but in those situations, the members tend to follow the Church if it decides to take a stance on a particular issue. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

John
Mormons live life like most other people. We have jobs, are active in communities and schools, and like pizza (well, most of us anyways). However, the Gospel does take a large part of daily life. Most families read scriptures together, pray together morning, night and during meals. High-school aged children attend Seminary, or a gospel class where scriptures are studied. every day either before or during school hours. Families who are active in the church are asked to help out either teaching classes on Sundays, helping organize youth activities, participate in Boy Scouts, or even lead entire congregations all without pay. Because of this, Mormons juggle their callings, families, and careers/studies all at the same time. It can be tiring at times, but it well worth it! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

John
Some people call the Mormon Church a cult because they themselves do not find out what the church is. They hear stories from "Friends of friends of friends", when most people don't take the time to figure out what the church stands for. If someone tells you that the church is a cult, ask them if they actually have read "The Book of Mormon" cover to cover, and most will say no. This rumor is best dispelled by reading the Book of Mormon yourself and come to a meeting to find out for yourself what we stand for. Make your own decision based off your own findings, not someone else's stories. Show more Show less