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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Utah and was not a Mormon until I had graduated from college and joined the U.S. Air Force in Colorado Springs, CO.

About Me

I am a father of 5 fantastic children and 12 amazing grandchildren. Six years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and underwent surgery and chemo therapy as a result of the diagnosis. It was a major challenge to my wife and myself and proved to be a life-changing experience for us. I was forced to go into semi-retirement at that time and after my wife lost her job of 15 years, we had some major financial struggles to deal with. Our family was very supportive and provided a great help to us in addition to our faith and many prayers on our behalf.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a member of this church when I was in my early 20's and discovered that the faith that I had shared with my parents didn't provide me with all of the answers I had about my relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ. I was touched by how logical the beliefs were as they were presented to me and the clear cut and concise answers about why I was here, where I had been before this earth life and where I was going for the eternities. It all just made sense and the Spirit bore witness of that to me. I am so grateful to have had the desire to join the church and embrace the gospel principles of our church. It was and continues to be such a strength to me, my wife and our children and their families. I've seen first hand how their faith has helped them through their own difficulties and challenges in their young lives and I am so very thankful that my wife and I had a gospel-centered home in which to raise them. Our faith continues to provide us with comfort and guidance in these challenging times that we live in.

How I live my faith

We've been bless to have served in the church in various capacities in our wards and stakes that we've lived in. Together we've had the opportunity to work with the youth of the church as well as serve in leadership positions within the stake. Some of our favorite positions have been working with the Young Single Adults over the years and sharing our love of the gospel with them and sharing in their young lives. Serving together has been a very gratifying experience and helped us make our marriage even stronger. One of my favorite calling was serving in the Los Angeles Temple for several years as a full-time worker on Saturdays and assisting the patrons who came to the temple to do temple work for themselves or their ancestors. I've also loved the fact that I've been able to share my love of the gospel in the singing of the music of the church. Music was a huge part of my life and it's a blessing to be able to continue using my talents in that manner. I try to serve my fellow members with all of my abilities that the Lord has blessed me with to help make their lives a little better.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I think more than ever in our world that people are looking for a meaning and a purpose to their lives. There are so many who have become subject to the world's values and morality that it has become pervasive in our society. It affects our politics, our families, our professional lives and most importantly our familial relationships. Marriages have become the exception to the rule in our society and we've seen the moral decline of our entire culture and our way of life. Many have found that their own faith or lack thereof, leaves them wanting to have more in their lives. I believe that people do tire of the shades of gray that are between right and wrong and are seeking the honest answers. The obvious reason is that when people seek the truth with honest and heartfelt prayers, they will be led to know that becoming a member of the church is "the right thing to do". Once you become a part of the church family and feel the difference it makes in your life, you want to share it with others and thus, our church is becoming more and more interesting to people of the world. Show more Show less