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Hi I'm John

I've lived in many of the States and four countries. Life is a challenge, that's why I'm in the safety business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm now retired. When I took a first-aid class in college, I didn't realize where it would take me. I was drafted into the army and became a combat medic. After I was discharged from the service, I took additional classes on cpr/first-aid and was later certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. My career path became "Safety" and I worked as a safety consultant in State government for 30+ years. Throughout that time, I was continuously using my medical training at accident scenes and emergencies encountered during my travels. I have also been a blood donor, apheresis (platelets) donor and bone marrow donor. It would be interesting if you, the person reading this, were actually someone that I had helped in the past. We shall never know, since I rarely left my name. However, maybe I have been upgraded to Emergency "Spiritual" Technician and this is the first-step/first-aid opportunity for your recovery in that regard. Please peruse other items on this website, if you find them interesting. I am married and my wife has a grown son and daughter and five grandchildren. They are all a blessing. Suburban "farming" and two dogs occupy a lot of my time, golf and bike riding are attempted every now and then. Church requirements (callings or jobs, scripture study, prayer, family maintenance and service to others) involve time investment, but there is a greater rate of return on that investment than any other use of time or money in seeking joy and happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was forty-eight. It is a curiosity to me now, that I did not join the church much earlier. I had participated in, or studied most of the Christ centered religions, including the "Mormon" church, because I knew that Jesus Christ had indeed come to the earth and was who He said He was. I had even read the Book of Mormon and other Church materials, but never followed up. Many years later a friend asked me if I knew anything about the church that he belonged to and wanted to know if I wanted to meet with the missionaries. I said yes to both questions. They shared information about the Book of Mormon, taught me how to pray, and said that the Holy Spirit would provide answers to my prayers. My prayers were answered. Once you receive personal confirmation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, your life will change. I testify of that! Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has significantly changed my life. However, I am still a "work in progress" as they say. I have learned about why we are here on earth, what is expected of us and how we are to attain to what Heavenly Father has prepared for each of us. Personal relationships are more fulfilling, love is a term with greater meaning, helping others is more enjoyable and the endless possibilities of personal growth is intriguing. Marriage still requires work, but it is more fun and a little bit easier when both of you are reading from the same manual (the scriptures). Knowing that we have a Father in heaven who loves us and is watching over us, brings peace to our minds and souls in times of hardship and distress. Knowing that the Atonement of Jesus Christ allows us to repent of our sins gives us hope. Knowing that His resurrection allows us to be resurrected, is knowledge of the greatest gift that Jesus Christ could have given to us. Knowing that there is a prophet of God on the earth today, is why I chose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

We in the Church are “called to serve”. This includes serving our families, Church leaders, members of our local church unit called “wards” and even non-members in our community. Church leaders are "lay", meaning ordinary people rather than clergy. They serve the Lord in addition to having occupations and family. Through this service, I have learned more about our purpose in life and the love of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The personal blessings received, help me to strive to become a better example to others. The collateral benefit to all of this, is that you feel the presence of the Lord, when you are in His service. This is somewhat hard to explain, and possibly more difficult to understand, but is none-the-less a reality. The soul needs just as much nourishment as the body. Scriptures, prayer and service to others, provide that nourishment.