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Hi I'm John

I'm married with a few kids. We love to hike and camp. I'm in the U.S. Air Force.

About Me

I love spending time with my family and young children. I really enjoy long hikes, bicycle trips, and camping. I'm very excited for my kids to get older so we can do some more adventurous activities together. So, until then, we'll continue doing "little hikes" and small camping trips. I also read books. I'm somewhat of a bookworm. I've always enjoyed reading ever since I learned how. I enjoy mostly fiction, but I'll read most anything that is written well. I was born in Utah. I have traveled to Europe, and I lived in Brazil for a couple of years. I recently lived in Ohio, but currently we're up in Alaska. I consider Utah home, and I hope to end up near there when we finally settle down.

Why I am a Mormon

I read the Book of Mormon when I was about 17 years old. Until then, I never really read the book to understand it, I would just read for the sake of reading. I remember being over half-way through the book when I realized that I had no idea, except for a very basic understanding, what the book was about. It was at this point that I had the desire to understand and know if the book was true. I prayed about it, and didn't receive a direct answer for my prayer. I got the impression that I should start reading from the beginning again. I started over. I thought about the people in the book and the experiences they went through. As I read through the Book of Mormon, with a desire to understand it, my prayer was answered. I began to know that it is a true book written by prophets of God. My belief in the Book of Mormon is the basis for my beliefs in God and Jesus Christ. I have had many other experiences, but the time I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it is definitively why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I pray with my family, morning and night. My wife and I read scriptures with our kids each night, and we hope that we're teaching them properly. Each Sunday, we get dressed in our nice clothes and go to meetings at our local Church building. Currently both my wife and I teach Sunday School for children ages 3-4. We've been doing this for a little over a year. I also double as the pianist for the child Sunday School classes. I really enjoy playing the piano, so I'm really glad to have an assignment that lets me play music. In the past I've taught Sunday School to the young adult (teenagers) classes as well as to the adult classes. When my wife and I were newlyweds, we were asked to attend church meetings at a local hospital and assist in the meetings that took place in the hospital. Before I met my wife, I was a missionary for the Church and lived in Brazil for 2 years teaching people the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church is operated on a volunteer basis, and each person receives an assignment from the local leadership. You can go from one assignment to another, and no hierarchy exists. I've seen people go from leadership to teaching to custodial and back and forth.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

We believe that God has again called prophets to help guide His children back to Him. God uses the prophets to help his children know what we should do to return to Him, and how to be safe and take care of ourselves. In a revelation through a prophet, God counseled us to not drink alcohol and to avoid hot drinks (coffee and tea). The added health benefits from not drinking coffee, tea, or alcohol are secondary to the fact that God has told us to avoid these drinks. The health counsel given also mentions to eat meat sparingly, to eat vegetables, and to exercise. We often refer to this counsel as "The Word of Wisdom", and it can be found in the 89th section (chapter) of a book called Doctrine and Covenants. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith and trust are pretty much the same thing. If you have faith in something, you trust that something to be, or do whatever it claims to be, or do. To have faith in Jesus Christ means to trust that He is our Savior, and that through Him we can be saved from our sins. However, since faith without works is dead, we must exercise our faith. To exercise faith in Jesus Christ, one would need to live by His teachings. As you live as Jesus Christ taught, you receive blessings and feel of His love for you. As you feel of His love, and continue to obey His teachings, your faith in Him will grow accordingly. Show more Show less