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Hi I'm John

I'm a patent attorney inside and a boy scout leader outside. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I earn a living as a Patent Attorney. I serve as a Boy Scout Leader. My wife and I have five sons, who are all Eagle Scouts. Each of my sons took me to Philmont Scout Ranch and we walked about. I sing and play guitar a bit. I am building a room on our house, and I blacksmith when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Through neighborhood friends, I found the Mormon Church as a child while my father was stationed in Japan and discovered, to my surprise, that my mother was a member. After my baptism, I watched my father study the gospel for a year before his baptism. The books and papers lay on a table in the living room that whole time, and he studied daily. As I matured I followed his example of study and prayer. I found the Book of Mormon to be more complex and internally consistent than could be attributed to Joseph Smith alone. The teachings of that book have touched my soul and taught me of Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live by the principles I find in the Book of Mormon. Most recently, I have been impressed by the statement that we have "a sacred duty to support our wives and children" (Mormon in the Book of Alma, a part of the Book of Mormon) and that we have an obligation to care for the poor and needy (King Benjamin in the Book of Mosiah). These are practical principles for everyday life. Nevertheless, I remember that the Book of Mormon also teaches that "it is by grace" (of Jesus Christ) "that we are saved, after all that we can do." For myself, all I can do is try and keep up with the young men. I am thrilled to see them reach their goals in school and in scouting, go on missions and attend college, and find careers and raise families. And I enjoy working with the wonderful people, in the Mormon Church and without, who devote time and resources to the Scouting program.