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Hi I'm John

I live in Colorado, love the mountains and like to ride motorcycles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my high school sweetheart for 26 years. We have one child, a daughter, in college and feel too young to be empty nesters! I enjoy a lot of hobbies including running (ran my first marathon this year), flying RC airplanes, golfing, hiking, and riding my motorcycle. I grew up and still live in Colorado and I love it! I work in accounting for a cable programmer and try to make the workplace fun. I enjoy trying to get peole to smile and laugh. I do believe laughter is the best medicine!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon and I can't see that ever changing. Having the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life gives me direction and comfort. Direction to try and follow the example Jesus set and direction to stay away from the things that will bring unhappiness into my life and the lives of my family. Comfort from knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, a Savior who died for me and paid the price for my sins, and having the gift of the Holy Ghost to bear witness of the truth of all things and help direct my life. As a Mormon I know that our church is led by a living prophet who can guide the church and the lives of its members during these uncertain times. I also know that I can communicate with God through personal prayer and seek answers and direction for myself and my family. We believe that families are eternal and that a man and wife can be married not just until "death do us part" but for all enternty. I was married and sealed to my wife for time and eternity in one of our many temples and know that my marraige is enternal. I also know what God's plan is for each of us. We are on this earth to receive a body, be tested to see if we will keep the commandments of our Heavenly Father, and one day, if we are worthy, return to live with him. I know Jesus Christ died for my sins so that I can repent and strive to live a good life. I know that because of Christ, after I die, I will be resurrected at His second coming and ultimately be judged by Him. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and restored the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness and that he translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, testify of Jesus Christ and His gospel and can help me draw nearer to my Savior.

How I live my faith

One thing that is unique to my faith is that we have a lay ministry, meaning there are no paid clergy. As a result each active member usually has one or more assignments within their congregation. I'm currently serving as a counselor to the Bishop of a young single adult congregation. The congregation is made up of single adults between the ages of 18 and 31 years old. As one of the Bishops counselors I help plan and conduct our church services each week. I assist in making assignments within the congregation for teaching and ministering. I attend their activities and try to help mentor as many members as I can. It is time consuming and tough at times but a wonderful opportunity to serve and very rewarding. Many of my assignments over the years have involved working with our young men through the Boy Scouts of America. This has involved a lot of outdoor activities and learning for both me and the young men! Recently, my wife and I were given the assignment to organize a handcart trek for about 200 youth through portions of Wyoming where Mormon pioneers crossed the plains in the 1800s. This was tremendously rewarding as my great great grandfather crossed the plains with his family pulling a handcart. It was also gratifying to see the youth come to appreciate and better understand the sacrifice the early pioneers made crossing the plains. Overall, my involvement in the church has afforded me many chances to serve and become involved in the lives of our members as well as my community that I might not otherwise have.