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Hi I'm John

I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. Over the last few years I have taken up running, and have completed about 20 half marathons. Someday I hope to complete a full marathon. Running gives me time to think. I also hope to stay fit and healthy in order to enjoy my family, and serve my church and community all my life.

Why I am a Mormon

All my life I have believed that there are some moral absolutes, things that are inherently true and right, things that are universally false and wrong. During my teenage years I witnessed civic contention and noticed that moral values were changing and sliding rapidly. I had questions about God and religion, but no one seemed to be able to answer them. I read the Bible on my own, but I could not understand the number and variety of sects. How could one know God, or was it just tradition or fable? In my senior year in high school, a good friend invited me “to be a Mormon for a week”. Based on his example and friendship, I accepted. He said, “Great! I’ll pick you up at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.” I attended early morning religious classes, the youth activities, service projects, and regular Sunday worship meetings. I never missed another activity. I was welcomed as if I were a brother or a son. Through the teachings of this Church, I have come to know for myself that God lives, and that He has a plan for all of His children. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Savior. He lived and died for us as described in scripture, and was resurrected. The Book of Mormon is another witness of Christ. The heavens are open, and God speaks to man through His authorized servants to help us live our lives well, and to create eternal family relationships. Any sincere person, regardless of station, can know the truth of these things. This knowledge anchors and gives direction to my life.

How I live my faith

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ all over the world serve in various callings as leaders, teachers, or other positions of responsibility. Currently I provide support to young single adults in our area. I have recently served as a bishop in my ward, but whatever the calling may be, each member has a responsibility to put family welfare first. Our Church is one of active participation and commitment, not passive Sunday listening. Everyone has a part to play. I believe that knowledge of God and an eternal perspective set the tone and direction of a person’s life, regardless of circumstances. If I can help just one person through encouragement, a smile, counsel, or aid, this is my goal. I have learned that when I serve others, I am serving God, and my life is blessed, too.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The Lord has commanded that faithful members contribute a tenth of their annual increase. These funds support the operation of the Church, the construction of buildings and temples, and other efforts crucial to its mission. The Lord has promised blessings to those who faithfully tithe, and tithing represents a sacred free will offering. Show more Show less