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Hi I'm John

I am an attorney, and a father of two daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am "wonderful, georgeous, intelligent, fun"... just kidding! That's what my wife says though, which is one reason I am so lucky to be married to her. She overlooks my flaws and makes me feel great about myself. We have a lot of fun together. We have two wonderful daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping at the local farmer's market, and following politics and current events. I play in a softball league. I love a good laugh and getting out with friends when we can get a baby-sitter. My wife and I like to go out to eat and we try to have regular date nights.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, being a Mormon means living the good life! I once had a friend tell me that he wished he had never started drinking, but since he had started already he was going to indulge. He dropped out of college and lost out on a lot of opportunity. Some people live with serious regrets. I do not. I live with purpose and a clear conscience. I know that the choices I make affect those around me, and that my choices in this life will help determine my opportunities and happiness in the life to come. Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Those who believe there is one God who made all things and who governs the world by this providence will make many choices different from those who do not. Those who believe that mankind are all of a family and that the most acceptable service of God is doing good to man will make many choices different from those who do not. Those who believe in a future state in which all that is wrong here will be made right will make many choices different from those who do not. Those who subscribe to the morals of Jesus will make many choices different from those who do not." I am grateful for the perspective the teachings of Jesus bring to my life. They help me to make good decisions and to discern between little things and big things as they will appear in the light of eternity. How I treat my family is a big thing. The choices I make when no one else is looking is a big thing. How I treat strangers is a big thing. The bible records that Christ "went about doing good". I try to follow his example. Make no mistake, I have a long way to go! But I do try, and it makes a difference. I know through spiritual experiences sacred to me that god lives, that he loves us, and that he wants us to be supremely happy. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Christ led by a living prophet. For me, my dedication to my faith brings me happiness and fulfillment. It is the good life.

How I live my faith

I do my best each day to be kind to others and reflect, if only dimly, the love God has for each of us. I try hard to be honest in my work. I try and be a good dad to my daughters, spend lots of time with them, and treat my wife with love and respect. At church I serve coordinating the work of the full-time missionaries with the gospel sharing efforts of the congregation. The missionaries are inspiring to work with. They sacrifice a lot to serve two year missions and they finance those missions themselves. As a lawyer I try and strike a balance between finding good paying clients and taking time to help those who are less fortunate and cannot afford to pay for my help. I believe that If everyone would willingly look after the needy in their communities, the world would be a much better place.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

John
The Bible is the word of God just as the Book of Mormon is the word of God. The two compliment each other. The Bible records the life and ministry of Jesus. The Book of Mormon records Christ's visit to the American continent shortly after his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Both record the teachings of prophets who foretold Chist's coming, and testified of his gospel. I love them both, and want to have as much of God's word as I can. Show more Show less

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

John
Mormons live like a lot of people of faith. Our practices include: (1) we go to church on Sundays; (2) we hold a family night Monday evenings which may include both fun acitvities and scripture study; (3) we pray together as families and read the scriptures each day. No one I know does all of these things perfectly, but we strive to do them. Hobbies, interests, and backgrounds vary widely among church members. What unites us is our love of Jesus Christ and our love for each other. Show more Show less

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

John
The Church teaches that principles of the gospel can be found in all of the major political parties. The Church is politically neutral, but it encourages its members to be active in civic affairs and to elect people for public office who are honorable and ethical. Mitt Romney is a Mormon, but so is Harry Reid (the democratic majority leader of the US Senate). Occassionally the Church will speak out on specific issues which relate to moral principles or freedom of religion. Show more Show less