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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon with a lovely wife and 8 children, one of whom is severely handicapped with cerebral palsy.

About Me

My wife and I remain happily married since 1974, parents of 8 children, 14 grandchildren so far!. One of our daughters has cerebral palsy, whom we have cared for at our home since her birth in 1975. I work in private equity, and my wife is a "full-time domestic engineer", and a part-time volunteer in music programs of local schools. Our children are involved in music including violin, piano, and flute, and various sports including rugby, basketball, swimming, track & field.  Back in 2002 I was one of the senior executives at the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics, in charge of tickets, hotels, food & beverage, broadcasting administration, retail operations, and press operations. In the 1970's I graduated from BYU in mathematics, served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt., played basketball on the All-Army and All-Armed Forces teams, and then received a Harvard MBA. My early careers were in strategy consulting at Bain & Company, then high tech start-ups. I've never worked in the same industry (let alone the same company!) for more than seven years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am an active Mormon because I can see and feel how following its precepts has blessed my life, and how it blesses the lives of others as well. It's an assurance and feeling of peace that comes from living the way I know I should. And the feeling leaves when I do things I know I shouldn't. Studying, praying, and living the gospel of Jesus Christ give meaning to my life, and a sure understanding of why I'm here on earth and what awaits me and my family in the next life. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that through following His example and teachings I can do His will and enjoy eternal life in His presence with my family.

How I live my faith

My wife and I follow the mantra "one day at a time". We try to live the gospel of Jesus Christ one day at a time -- reading some scripture daily, helping somebody else, caring for our handicapped daughter, doing something that Jesus would have us do. We can see and have personally experienced that happiness comes from doing our best to follow our Savior each day, even if we didn't do so well the previous day! When our severely handicapped daughter was about 3 years old, our doctor advised us that we should consider putting her in an institution because of her severe handicaps and the stress that would be placed on our marriage and other children. After praying about it, we decided to "take it one day at a time". It has now been 37 years and our daughter is still at home with us, having been a source of great blessings to us and her siblings. She teaches us compassion, unconditional love, and is a reminder that all will be well in the next life and the resurrection. My current church calling is "employment specialist", helping the unemployed and underemployed find jobs that meet their skills, experience, and desires. I also am assigned to regularly visit some of my neighbors, one of whom is about my age and recently suffered a stroke. My wife directs the local choir and plays the organ.