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Hi I'm John

I was a college football All-American. I'm a geologist, a husband, and a father of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My profession is geology and, as a consultant, I help oil and gas companies maximize their recovery of fossil fuels. I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially camping and fishing. Playing sports is also something I enjoy doing. I have done much coaching and officiating of youth and high school sports. I have run two marathons. I have done many home improvement projects. Our family likes to work on projects in our yard, together. We particularly like planting, cultivating, and harvesting vegetables and fruit from our own garden. My wife of seven years, and our four children are the light of my life. Most of all I love to be with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a mixed heritage of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have ancestors who were part of the original pioneer settlement in Salt Lake City, and my grandmother joined the church as a daughter of emigrants from Germany. I have always had a desire to do right and have felt that God has been pleased when I do what is right. From a young age, I have known, and continue to know, that God hears and answers every sincere prayer. He has testified to me, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that He lives; that Jesus Christ is my savior and the savior of all mankind; that he wants all men to come unto Him; that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are divine and true testaments of the Lord Jesus Christ; that Joseph Smith is the prophet through whom the Lord restored the Priesthood; and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. It is because of the testimony of these things that I have continued to follow His gospel in my life. I know that my family can be together forever, and I strive toward that goal, everyday.

How I live my faith

I have a wonderful opportunity to associate with the young men in my ward. I am the Scoutmaster, which means I work with the 12 and 13 year olds. They are a great influence in my life and I learn a lot from them. I not only meet with them on a weekly basis to teach them skills and aspects associated with scouting, but I also teach them lessons on Sundays to help them be honorable priesthood holders and to help them prepare to be worthy husbands and fathers. I also have the responsibility to look after the temporal and spiritual needs of five families in our ward.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jesus Christ himself served and blessed the lives of Jew and Gentile alike. That pattern should permeate any person who so claims to worship and follow Him (as a Christian). The ultimate example from the Savior of all mankind is his atonement. It is available for anyone who has faith in him and follows his example. The epistle of James states that we should look out for the welfare of the fatherless and the widow. It doesn't say to care for them ONLY if they are of His church. He was and is no respector of persons, and we should not be either. Show more Show less