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Hi I'm John

I'm a retired Navy officer and corporate systems executive who became a Mormon at the age of 37.

About Me

I'm retired but very active, serving on the board of two flood control organizations and our community association. Busy with church administration and family research, which I enjoy very much. I enjoy salmon fishing and gardening. I have four children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren and enjoy spending time with all of them, although they are scattered across the country. My wife and I like to go on cruises and to visit foreign lands. She is Chinese, born in Taiwan, and we spent a year participating in the Church's China Teacher Program teaching at the Nanjing University of Technology following our retirement.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church by a friend at work when I was stationed in Mechanicsburg, Pennslyvania in 1974. At the time I was a typical naval officer, moderate drinker, heavy smoker and drank gallons of coffee every day. I had attended Protestant churches regularly all my life but always felt that something was missing. As I studied that principles of the Gospel and read the Book of Mormon, the feeling came over me that I had found the answers that I had been seeking. The concept of eternal families struck a very responsive chord, for I had never been able to understand why death would part husband and wife, parents and children. Now I know that death need not part famlies; there is a way to be together forever. When I was baptized, I felt that I had come home. I am very grateful to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, for all that they have done to make it possible to return to their presence with my family. This knowledge has given me an eternal perspective and completely changed my priorities and the manner in which I approach life on the earth. Now my focus is on living worthily so I can achieve my purpose on earth - returning to my Heavenly Father and his Son to enjoy eternal life with my family.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example to those around me in my community and Church responsibilities. An Apostle once said that we should be careful how we live our lives, for they may be the only scripture that some people observe. I enjoy my Church and community responsibilities, for they give me an opportunity to serve others, and in so doing serve my God. I currently am serving in an administrative function in the Church that gives me many opportunities to assist others. I have assisted in organizing Church participation in community sevice. Earlier this Spring we planted over 150 trees in a regional park. Serving others and contributing to the community are a great source of happiness in my life.