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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband to one, a father to six, a scout leader to sixteen, and, like you, I'm indebted to Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm an attorney. I like reading, riding horses, and watching college football. I enjoy being part of the scouting program in our ward.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it brings light and understanding into my life. C.S. Lewis expressed my feelings well when he wrote: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon is Mosiah 2:41. In this verse, King Benjamin, who was a righteous man, invites his people to make an important observation. He writes: "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness." The happiest people I know are all humble followers of Christ. This is true regardless of their physical circumstances. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Obednego, their faith sustains and strengthens them through difficult circumstances. My faith in Jesus Christ has been strengthened by the Book of Mormon and the teachings of modern day prophets. I can understand how believing in a living prophet might intimidate some people. It's one thing to believe that Moses was a prophet—I can read his writings and decide whether I agree with them or not. It's quite another to believe that Thomas Monson is a prophet today—I agree with what he said yesterday, but how can I know what he will say tomorrow? While following a living prophet has not always been convenient for me, it has always brought light into my life. I like what the Savior Jesus Christ said: "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine." Try it, and you will see.

How I live my faith

One of the ways I try to live my faith is to serve other people. In the Church, we receive "callings" or an assignment to serve in a specific capacity in our area. For the past three years my calling has been to serve as the scoutmaster (i.e. working with12-13 year old boys) in our ward. We now have 16 scouts regularly attending. Three of the boys are not members of our Church, but they live in the neighborhood and wanted to participate, so we invited them to join our troop. We meet every Tuesday night and we go on monthly campouts, so I end up spending between 20 to 25 hours a month in this assignment. Although it is time consuming and requires me to forego some activities I otherwise would enjoy doing, the rewards I receive far outweigh the sacrifice. It is fun for me to teach my scouts outdoorsmanship, but I especially enjoy teaching them life and leadership skills that will help them as they grow to become men, husbands and fathers. I have always appreciated the story of Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross for our Savior as He was walking to Calvary to be crucified. At a time when Christ was carrying the sins of the world upon His shoulders, Simon of Cyrene lightened His load by carrying the cross. I have always felt that the service performed by Simon in that instance symbolizes work all of us can perform in helping Christ perform His work on the earth. The idea that I am serving my Savior as I serve as a simple scoutmaster energizes me to be the best scoutmaster I can be. I want to give back to my Savior who has given so much to me.