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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Utah, but have lived in New Hampshire since 1985. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm happily married and the father of 5 children. I enjoy music, reading, and all things technical. I have a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and did lots of analog and digital hardware design for many years before becoming a software engineer. Currently I develop embedded software for realtime encryption hardware. I've always enjoyed engineering and scientific kinds of things. However, I also love music. As a youth I studied piano and later clarinet. Later in life I taught myself how to play the saxophone. For several years now I have played in a concert band and a rock band. I play the alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, and piano keyboard. I also sing backup vocals in the rock band. In addition to that I have been organist in my ward for the past 11 years. In 1999 I injured my lower back and herniated the L5S1 disk. I was disabled for a time and unable to work. That was a very challenging time in my life. I realized that I wasn't taking care of my body properly. I started in on physical therapy and after a grueling two years the constant pain finally decreased to the point where I no longer needed pain killers. Since then I have been very faithful at working out in a gym and riding bicycles. I really enjoy riding mountain bikes on trails. The biggest challenge of my life, however, has been the death of my 18 year old son to cancer. That tried my faith. Only those who have lost a child can understand the impact. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is what carries me day to day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. My parents were also born Mormon. I have ancestors who joined the Mormon Church in the time of Joseph Smith. So, why am I a Mormon? Some might think that I'm a Mormon simply because I was born that way. When I was a child and into my teen years I'm sure that was the reason. However, it isn't easy being an active and faithful Mormon. It takes a lot of work. It is well worth it. I came to have my own testimony of the truthfulness of the church. When I turned 19 I served full time mission to France. That was a very challenging time. France was a difficult place to be a missionary. However, that was a foundation experience for my life. After my mission I studied electrical engineering at the university. After a couple of years of dating I met and married my wife in the temple. It took me seven years to complete college because I worked full time to support my family and attended college part time. I took a philosophy class on world religions in my last semester. This had a very negative effect on me because I had become lax in my daily prayers and study of the gospel. My testimony was shaken by the things taught by the professor. That was my first crisis of faith. I continued attending church and started more diligently praying and studying. Through those efforts the spirit returned and my testimony strengthened. The second major test of my faith occurred 20 years later. The day before my son's high school graduation he collapsed to the floor at home. A few days later he was diagnosed with an unknown type of cancer. The doctors tried four different types of chemotherapy protocols, but he passed away seven months after the first diagnosis. Throughout the whole experience he always believed that he would be healed. When he died I had to make a decision. Did I still believe in God? Was the church true? After much pondering I made the conscious decision to believe in God's promises. The Holy Spirit has confirmed to me that the Church is true.

How I live my faith

Activity in the Church is central to my life. I live in a community where only about 1 in 400 people is a Mormon. Weekly attendance at Sunday meetings is essential to my spiritual and emotional well being. I love serving in the Church. I have had many different callings over the years. I have been a Scout Master, Webelos leader, and Cub Master. I have served as a counselor in different auxiliary organizations. I have been a counselor in a bishopric. I have also been the secretary for several organizations. I have also been the pianist for several choirs. My current callings are ward organist and technology specialist. I have been the organist in my ward for the past 11 years. I enjoy playing the hymns at our Sunday meetings. I also sing in our ward choir. As the technology specialist I am responsible to keep 25 computers in six different church buildings up and running. I also maintain our audio visual equipment. I also willingly help members and friends solve their computer problems. I find that service in the Church is essential to help me keep my testimony strong. More than just service is required for me to live my faith. The things I do in life that aren't seen by others are also key to maintaining faith. I strive to keep close to the Lord through prayer, study and worthwhile activities. The body requires food, water, sleep, and exercise to stay healthy. The spirit also must be fed to stay strong and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The daily simple practices of prayer and gospel study are essential for me. Being the only Mormon in many situations provides me the opportunity to share the gospel with others. Everyone at work seems to know that I'm a Mormon. This also helps me to live my faith because I don't want to be the cause of someone else thinking poorly of the Church or its members.