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Hi I'm John Herr

I have been developing software for 42 years. My wife and I have been teaching dancing for the last 23 years to many students.

About Me

I am a retired software developer, but I still love developing software. My wife is a retired kindergarden teacher, and continues to sub.  Together we have been teaching dancing for the last 23 years (in the evenings), and we are hired out to teach dancing to various dance organizations across the country. We recently were the Chairman of the Board of the Internation Association of Round Dance Teachers. We have 9 grandchildren, in ages 2 to 16, which we just love to death, and spend as much time with them as we can. I am a improvisationalist on the piano, and I also speak Spanish. I specialize in studying the doctrines of my church, and I am frequently asked to teach my fellow church leaders. Actually, I love to do so many things, that it is hard to find time for half of them. I have the greatest wife a man could have, smarter than I am, and fun to be around. My main goal in life is to create something of value for my fellow man, which I have come pretty close to doing, but I'm not satisfied yet. I will keep seeking to improve that accomplishment.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon Church. But I had serious questions about it. I believed in what I had been taught, but I'm not one to ever be satisfied with just believing things. My personality required more than that. I needed to really KNOW if the Mormon Church was what it claimed to be --- the only fully true church on the face of the earth, with priesthood powers like those of the ancient prophets. At the age of 16, I decided to put to the test the promise that is written in the Book of Mormon -- that is -- to seriously fast and pray to know the truth about the church. After not eating for almost 3 days, and spending a lot of time on my knees, I became weakened, and my will to persist wained. I was ready to give up -- to never know the truth. As I got up from my knees, I experienced something that is so sacred to me that I have not shared it with anyone but a few of my own immediate family. I walked away, with what I deem to be an absolute knowledge that Joseph Smith was truely a prophet of the Lord, and that he RESTORED the perfect church that Christ established in his day. Now, my doubt has been replaced with a full determination to live the life that Christ exampled for us to the best of my ability.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my local church. I have served in a large number of capacities, including teaching gospel principles to other church members from the youth up to and including church leaders. I was a Scoutmaster twice, and had influence in changing the lives of some of those scouts -- experiences that I will never forget. I visit a list of families regularly, at least once a month, to see that they are well, and if in need of anything. And when there is a problem, we implement a process that brings any and every resource of the church to their aid, be it financial, food, moral support, etc. I read the scriptures, and study the doctrines so that I may better live the gospel as Christ taught it in the scriptures. I have been active in politics, including serving as the Colorado State Chairman for a candidate for the presidency of the United States. I have served on Education boards to help gifted children receive the speical attention that they needed in order to prevent them from being discouraged from average teaching levels. We helped become successful and fulfilled. I donate my time and talents to various community events, for such organizations as hospice and others. I love people and I try to encourage them whenever possible, especially when they need that encouragement. The gospel doctrines and my church have taught me to excel in my every endeavor, and I will keep trying to fulfill that goal.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

John Herr
We are often told that there can not be any more scripture than the Bible. Yet, the same thing has been said throughout history. In Chapters 4 and 12 of Deuteronomy it says that we shall not "add to nor diminish from" the word of God that has been given. So, should we throw out all the rest of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Lord has continued to enlighten his children with additional knowledge century after century. It seems that the only condition is that there be people who are willing to receive it. We see that in the search for understanding, people contrive quite different interpretations of the same material, and therefore there has always been and continues to be a need for continued revelation from God to clarify those mis-interpretations. We as Mormons claim that God has not changed, and has again, as He always has, called new prophets in our time, especially to prepare for His return (the Second Coming). I testify that the Book of Mormon is worth testing. After reading it, ask God if it is true. Ask if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. The Bible teaches that you will get the answer if you ask with a sincere heart. That is how I came to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the truely restored church of God. Show more Show less