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Hi I'm Johnny!

I play some mean church ball, step on legos way too often (I think my kids lay them out strategically)...and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a father of five boys under the age of 6 (ages 6, 5, 3, 2, and 0.2375)! My dream was to have my own basketball team and I can now say, "mission accomplished!" I love these little guys and I love my wife. Family comes first in my life and we love spending time together. Our lives revolve around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like most people, I have questioned what this life is about, what we are doing here and what happens after we die. I also want to be with my family forever and I believe it can. I have come to find answers to these questions through prayer and study. I have come to know that Jesus Christ lives and that life after death exists because of His sacrifice. Not only did He conquer death, but He also conquered sin. We can be forgiven of our mistakes and be made clean through His Atonement. There is peace and strength that have come into my life because of this knowledge. In Ephesians 4:11-12, it says, "And he agave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." I believe that we are called to serve each other and to rid ourselves of our imperfections. I love my church because it has been a place where I have been given opportunities to learn and to serve. We don't have paid clergy so as members, we serve and strengthen each other. It is, to me, a larger family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed not only to have a father who helped me to gain a testimony of my Savior, but I was also blessed to have a mother who taught me by her example to be a good person as she raised me as a Catholic where I learned about the teachings of Jesus in the Bible. I grew up in Colorado and then moved to Montana with my family. Soon after we arrived, Mormon Missionaries knocked on our door and my father joined the church. A few months later, my mother and father separated. I ended up moving back to Colorado with my mother and older sister. Every Summer my sister and I would visit my dad in Montana where he taught us about the Book of Mormon and how Jesus Christ, after he resurrected in Jerusalem, came and appeared to the ancient inhabitants of America. I ended up reading the Book of Mormon and came to receive a testimony of its truthfulness through the witness of the Holy Ghost. I knew that God had prophets to teach his children here in the Americas a long time ago just like he did on the other side of the world in Jerusalem as we read in the Bible. The Book of Mormon helped me to learn that God always has had prophets to teach us His word and that He has also called prophets to guide us today. I know that God lives! He still performs miracles! I know that he sent His son, Jesus Christ to come to Earth to Atone for my sins and for all mankind. He is our Savior. I know that he guides His church still. Revelation continues through His chosen servants who guide the Church of Jesus Christ in our day! I know that this is true.

How I live my faith

The scriptures give us a blue print on how we are to live our Faith. The Book of Mormon, continuing revelation, and the Holy Bible have helped to shape me into who I am today as they teach us about our perfect example, Jesus Christ. Growing up, I chose to place myself in holy places and I chose my friends wisely. Because of that, I ended up meeting the most wonderful companion a man could ever have and married her. My wife and I have the same beliefs and we often talk about how we can be more like our Savior. We pray often and work hard to keep the Sabbath Day holy. We care so much for our little boys and are working hard to help them to be men of God. Each Sunday my wife and I teach the 9-10 year olds in our church and this has been a great blessing to study together and to have gospel centered discussions as we prepare each week to teach. We try to keep a focus in our lives on what really matters. We try to avoid getting wrapped up in the drama of what is presented to us through TV and other media. We pay attention to the blessings we receive and we try to give back to others in need. We have our struggles like anyone else but the gospel has been there to help guide us and to give us comfort.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Johnny!
The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings from many prophets...just like the Bible is a collection of writings from many prophets. The difference is that the prophets in the Bible lived in the old world and around Jerusalem where the prophets in the Book of Mormon lived in the Americas around the same time frame. Both books of scripture contain eye witness accounts of Jesus performing miracles and setting up His church on both continents. Shortly after the resurrection of our Savior in Jerusalem, The Book of Mormon testifies that He appeared to those ancient inhabitants living in the Americas and taught them His Gospel. He called 12 apostles amongst these people and we have their writings today! The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It confirms as another witness, that the Bible is true and that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God and came into this world 2000 years ago. Just as God appeared to Moses and gave him instructions/commandments in the Old Testament, God appeared to a young man by the name of Joseph Smith in 1820 and called him to be a Prophet. A few years later, an angel appeared to him and commanded him to translate an ancient record of scripture that we now know as The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less