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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband. I'm a father of four. I'm an Art Director. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m the husband of an amazing woman who fortunately decided to marry me almost 21 years ago. I have four kids ranging from 18 to 7. I have spent the last 20 years as an Art Director at various advertising agencies, and for the last 8, at my own firm. I love having a date with my wife every week and have found that it has been one of the best things we have done to keep our marriage strong. I serve as the Ward Mission Leader of our ward and love it. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my kids, playing golf whenever I can squeeze it in, and fly fishing. Although being a fly fisherman in the desert is a little tough. I’m trying to enjoy the ride of life a little more, and stress about the things that really don’t matter a lot less.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Baptist family. My grandfather was a pastor for about 70 years, and my father was also for a few years while I was young. They are both wonderful men who I will always respect and love. The community where I lived has a lot of Mormons, so I was no stranger to them. I had several friends who were, and I loved being with them and being in their homes. There was a different feeling there that was hard to describe. A feeling of peace and love. They weren’t perfect and they had their share of chaos with kids running in and out screaming, but there was something there that wasn’t in my home. Those friends never had to go out and get into trouble or do things they weren’t supposed to to have fun, and they were always accepting of me. Fast forward a few years, where after high school I was invited to go to the temple grounds on the day of my now sister-in-law’s wedding. I had a distinct feeling that this was something I needed to look into. I was taught by two missionaries about our Heavenly Father’s plan for us. About the restoration of the Gospel, and why it was needed. I was taught about the family and how it is central to God’s plan. That he knows and loves each one of us individually. And most important, they taught me about the nature of God. That He, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost were three separate beings. This answered the biggest question I had about my then Baptist faith. With all of the references in the Bible of the Savior talking about, and to his Father, the thought of them being one being confused me. Everything I was taught felt right, and a few weeks later I was baptized. All the good that has happened in my life since, I attribute to that decision. Almost immediately my life seemed to have a greater purpose and I felt a sense of direction that wasn’t there before. Now, 20 years later, I can see that that decision has impacted my life, and the lives of my kids more than I could have ever imagined.

How I live my faith

Being a member of this faith has changed the way I look at life, and at church. Church is where we go to learn about the Savior Jesus Christ, during the rest of the week is where I try to use what I’ve learned to serve those around me as he would do. I try to live my faith by keeping the covenants that I have made with my Heavenly Father on a daily basis. Knowing that He loves every person I see and meet just as much as He loves me helps me to be a little kinder, a little more patient, and I try to see them as He sees them. To me, being a Mormon, a Christian, is about helping each other along as we progress through life, lifting and strengthening one another. Whether it's helping a neighbor with yard work, or stopping to help someone change a flat tire. I try to live my faith by treating my wife better than myself. I think it's important for my daughters to know how they should expect, and deserve, to be treated. And for my son to know how he should treat all daughters of God. I believe that what we do in our homes has a far greater and lasting effect than we realize.