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Hi I'm John

I grew up in the United States Midwest. I am a husband, father, chemical engineer, plant manger, disc golfer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of six. I was baptized at age 24 while I was completing my Master's degree in chemical engineering. I enjoy disc golf and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I started investigating the church while I was completing my degree in chemical engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU). I didn't really know anything about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was attending BYU because of their academic program where individuals with a bachelor's degree in chemistry could obtain a master's degree in chemical engineering. Professors in the department and individuals on campus and in my apartment were very kind to me and I was intent on getting my degree and getting out without having any more to do with the Mormons than necessary. After a few months on campus, I began to be curious about some of the beliefs I was hearing more about. I received the missionary discussions from one of the professors on campus. As I was being taught, it was new to me but I decided to live the principles that I was being taught. Everything made sense and my perspective about God, families, and the purpose of life started to change and expand. It took about one year of learning and living the gospel more fully piece by piece until I received confirmation from the Holy Ghost that what I was learning and doing was drawing me closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That is when I knew it was time to be baptized. I have continued to learn and grow through the years and there are many things yet to learn and to do but I have never had a doubt that the gospel has been restored in it's fullness and that Heavenly Father is working daily for the salvation and exaltation of His children. It's great to know that I'm one of them and that He is watching over me and my family even in times of trial.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in the years that I have been a member. Most of which I did not feel qualified to be able to perform but I have been blessed as I have tried to be obedient. To me, one of the most important things is understanding that God is my Father in Heaven and each person who lives on this earth is my brother or sister. This gives me a perspective of wanting to do good where ever I can and to whom ever I can. I have learned so much by serving in the church that I never would have experienced any other way. It has enriched my life and I think that my service has blessed the lives of others as well. It is great how we can each help one another regardless of our circumstances, experience, or background. Service to one another is a great way to lift your own spirits and serve Heavenly Father.