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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the same wonderful women since I was 24 years old and we are the parents of six children, one deceased. We committed to praying daily, attending church together, and having a date night each week. We have twelve grandchildren whom we love very much. I have a PhD in Marital and Family Therapy and a full-time private practice. I have written a book on improving mental health and personal relationships. I love participating in sports and physical fitness. I trained and competed in karate and judo, earning black and brown belts, respectively. During graduate school I taught classes in, "Achieving Success in Marriage" on one side of the campus and then went to the other side of campus to teach karate and women's self defense. I currently swim about 8 miles a week and completed the Escape from Alcatraz swim several times with 3 of my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Jewish, but because of my mom, we also celebrated Christian holidays. During the winter holiday season, we had a Manorah in one corner of the family room and a Christmas tree in the other. As a youth and through undergraduate college, I majored in athletics and social activities, with a distant minor in academics. At one point, I was driving a custom car and brewing some of the best beer in town. One night after too much partying, I decided there had to be a better way of living. I was 23 and not involved in any synagogue or church, but decided to look for one. There was a Mormon family living across the street where I grew up and a Mormon I knew at USC. But I didn't know what they believed or anything about their church, except that they were happy and successful people and I liked and admired them a lot. They were also smart, athletic, and cool. As I began to learn what Mormon's believe about Jesus Christ, about life here, in the hereafter, and how He wants us to live, I felt like I'd heard it all before. This deja vu was strange as I wasn't even sure if God was real. Someone suggested I pray and ask God if he was real and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was really his church. I did and came to know and feel that God is, indeed, my father in heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ is, in fact, my savior and the head of this church. Since then, I have had thousands of experiences that have strengthened that original testimony.

How I live my faith

My Jewish father was offended when I decided to be baptized, but he was very pleased with the changes he saw: long hair cut, no more drinking or swearing, and a nicer, more respectful son. I was, and continue, attending church regularly, praying daily, trying to be like Jesus, striving to keep His commandments and trying to be a good Christian. A little over a year after being baptized, I was married in the temple for time and all eternity. Knowing that my family can be together forever, not just during this life brings great joy and peace, especially after the death of our sixth child. Loving my wife and children and strengthening our relationships is the most important thing I do. As with almost all faithful Mormons, I serve in the church. Not having a professional clergy, I have had opportunities to teach the gospel to children, youth, and adults; to minister to Heavenly Father's children, whether Mormons or not; and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Two of my sons have taught the gospel in the Philippines and Ecuador, becoming fluent in the languages and loving the people. I love the Lord and strive daily to keep the covenants I have made and live the kind of life He wants me to live.