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Hi I'm John

I'm a Political Junkie and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm just your average recent college grad. I like to follow sports of all kinds from Cheese Rolling to the NBA. I love the outdoors and enjoy to strap on a backpack and hike to beautiful places. I currently live temporarily in Utah and I grew up in Kentucky. I'm an also an avid follower of politics and public policy. I recently graduated with a degree in Political Science and will be going to get a PhD in Public Policy at a school in North Carolina. I hope to make a contribution towards improving education in the United States. I'm also a newly wed, having been married to my best friend Brittney since August 2009. She is from Colorado and we met while at school. She is a building influence in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a Mormon. However, the deepest and most fundamental is based on answers to humble prayer from my Father in Heaven. I have felt profound answers come to my mind through pure intelligence being given to me and to my heart through peaceful assurances. I have felt forgiven of my sins and weaknesses. I have felt God tell me that I will accomplish my purpose in life by being a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. These answers to prayer have led me to live a life that brings me peace, joy, content and satisfaction. The second reason that I am Mormon is that I have experienced a genuine change of my desires because of my faith. As a byproduct of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have been motivated to try and better the lives of others around me. Though I am satisfied with my life's situation I feel stirred to help those in my sphere of influence. I have seen time and time again that Mormonism leads individuals to follow the savior the best that they can. I have seen selfless, Christ-like service come as a by product of the teachings and power that is found in Mormon meetinghouses and homes. The final reason that I am Mormon is because of their emphasis on the eternal nature of families. I am certain that God would want families to live in heaven together heaven would not be heaven without my wife Brittney. The doctrine of eternal marriage and eternal families is true and powerful. It has brought Brittney and I peace, and helped us work through our disagreements. I am so grateful for a religion that teaches, as one of its fundamental doctrines, of the eternal nature of the family.

How I live my faith

I try to do the best I can to be a true Christian. I think that begins in the home, where I try to treat my wife with love, respect, devotion and honesty. I do my best to be kind to those around me. However, I often fall short and have to repent. I am far from perfect in my own actions, only in and through Christ's power, mercy and grace. I try to repent often. I also try and grow in my understanding of Christ's gospel continually. People who are friends with me on Facebook will see me post articles, scriptures, or links to things that I have read that inspire me. I love to share what I have learned with others through the internet.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Studying the Bible with the Book of Mormon has blessed my life. It has motivated me to change to a better man. I am a byproduct of the things I have studied and learned in these two books. I see both books as being necessary components of a "marriage of revelation". The relationship between these two books is just like the relationship between individuals in marriage, neither member diminishes the other. They both testify of Christ and bring the honest reader closer to the Savior. I urge you to read them both together, and pray to know of their importance and validity. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Contrary to the belief held by some, there are no restrictions based on race or color. I spent 2 years serving in South Africa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During my time there, I was able to see the gospel work in lives of many people of many different ethnic and social backgrounds. I know that Christ and the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints love all individuals, regardless of race. Show more Show less