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Hi I'm John Sharp

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in small town. I am a happily married father of five.   I am a maintenance electrician.

About Me

I love my wife.  I love being a father, though I find being a parent one of the most challenging and rewarding things in life.  I am a Maintenance Electrician. I enjoy technology.  I am very analytical with everything, (work, school, people, life) I try to get along everyone, and try to be a friend to all. I enjoy sports, and fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  So I have been taught the gospel all my life. I've always wanted to do what is right in the sight of God, though I fall short so very often.  I also have always had a deep desire for truth and a clearer understanding of God and what He wants. Also at the same time I also want understand people. During my college experience at a state university, I had psychology class in which the instructor made the point that basically there no such things as facts.  Only things that are accepted as facts, because of repeated "proof".   This really made me reflect and ponder about many things including the gospel and life in general.  And if there are no "solid facts" how can anyone know anything for sure? So shortly there after I was reading in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians chapter 2.  And in verse 11 to me almost seemed to echo my question saying " For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."  To me again asking how can we know anything for sure?  Then in verse 12  it says  "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." The Spirit testified to me to the truth of this scripture.  I knew that the only way to know real truth about God was and is through the Spirit of God.  Throughout my short life, I have had numerous experiences in which the Spirit of God has testified to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Especially when I have prayed, studied, and put His teachings to the test. Not only do the teachings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just make sense to me, most importantly the Spirit has testified of the truth.  Which I cannot deny.  That's not to say I know everything, because I know very little. But I know enough to trust in the Lord and His Spirit.

How I live my faith

I pray and try to follow Jesus' example as best as I can. I attend church meetings and the temple to help focus on what really is important and to gain strength from the Spirit I feel while learning how I can better follow the Savior and what he would have me do. Also on Monday nights we have a "family home evening"  a night where we try to teach, and discuss the gospel with our children which can be very challenging at times. We feel this is very important because the many challenges they'll face. During the rest of the week we pray as family daily and read the scriptures with our children nightly.