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Hi I'm John

I am a teacher. I am a father. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I currently teach science and maths at a local high school. Before my teaching career, I achieved an honours degree in earth science (Geophysics) and worked as a futures and options broker (very similar to a stock broker) for about 5 years . As a result, I have a very keen interest in world events, finance, and to some extent politics; but none of these interests can compare to my family. My family is the centre of my life. I have two boys and a new little girl. My wife is a dance teacher in her family’s local studio and holds a dual degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. I joke that she needed those degrees to deal with my boys and I. Her interest lies in music and the arts, so she ensures that my boys and I are well cultured and balanced. I consider myself to be an “average” person of society. I ride to work every day, enjoy taking my family to the beach and try to stay as active and healthy as I possibly can. Everyone that knows me would also say that I love to eat. I consider eating good food one of the great enjoyments of this life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the USA and then travelled extensively between Australia and the USA. In the course of those travels, my parents joined the church when I was two years of age. In those early years, I simply went to church because I had to, however; as soon as I hit the teenage years I began to question all their beliefs. I particularly questioned the existence of "a God" and whether Joseph Smith was telling the truth about the Book of Mormon. In addition, I was taking a course at university in Earth Science that seemed to be continually in contradiction to my parents' beliefs... It wasn't until I took my questions to my Heavenly Father in sincere prayer that the answers came. Not only have I prayed about it but I have studied it out in my own mind and read various books and opinions on many topics. I have now grown in confidence that there is a God and that this church has the truth about the important questions of "why we are here" and "where we are going".

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best person I can. Everyday my family reads stories from the scriptures and has family prayer. I try to teach my children how to be good citizens of society and how to make good choices. I also visit other members of the church every month to help them in any way that I can. Just last month I helped a single sister install her bathroom vanity. My job at church is basically to help the Bishop. This may include teaching lessons, organizing events, and helping other people with their jobs.