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Hi I'm John

I'm a marketing manager for frozen dinners. My hair is prematurely graying. I met my wife on a folk dance team. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I built a consumer publication from scratch and sold it a couple of years out of undergrad. I mow my lawn twice a week because I enjoy the thinking time. I work out six times per week because I'm worried I'll get fat working at a food company. I don't take my wife country dancing nearly as often as she thinks I should. I am amazingly bad at ping pong.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of us allow other brands to dictate to others how we ought to be perceived. My Tommy Hilfiger shirt tells you that it has been a while since I've gone shopping. My Dallas Cowboys hat tells you that I love my Texas football, and that I've been disappointed for several seasons. My affiliation with the Mormon church is a brand I fully embrace, however. I prioritize my family over all else, I have a clear sense of purpose in life, and when no one is watching, I act the same way as I do in public. In short, the teachings of this church help me be the best version of myself.

How I live my faith

On Wednesday nights, I hang out with a really cool group of guys aged 16-18. They help me stay in line. On Sundays, I sit through three hours of church. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I get bored. However, I always walk away feeling uplifted. On Saturdays, I often find myself helping someone in the neighborhood move in. Every morning, I read from the scriptures with my little girl so that she can put a star on her scripture chart. Then I try to do a little reading and praying of my own every night before I go to bed so that I can put a star on my own chart. That, and it's a good way for me to end each day to remember what this big struggle we call life is really all about.

What is being a Mormon like?

It's kind of like being an imported animal at the zoo that everyone keeps staring at, waiting for you to "do" something. Then they get bored that you're just sitting there looking back at them, and they move on. Seriously, all during high school in Texas my friends would ask me the absolutely most bizarre questions about my faith the worst had to do something with horns...and I'm not talking longhorns. After getting exhausted by so many, I finally asked my best friend, "Hey, you know me. Do I seem like the type of guy who would do what you just described?" So yes, I do get an occasional eyebrow raised now and then when I mention I'm a Mormon, and no, I don't drink or even swear. However, now that people see this faith as becoming ever more prevalent, I normally just get a nod of respect and a quick, "You must have a great family life" quip and life moves on. Being a great Mormon dad is a lot like being a great Christian dad. More so than one might think. see also "Are Mormons Christian?" Show more Show less