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Hi I'm John

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a retired computer manager, and a travel/landscape/wildlife photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

On the job, I work with computers and qualify software for the company to use. On my own time, I do nature photography for fun. I also ride my bicycle to work 15 miles each way to help me stay fit. I have been married for over 35 years, have 2 children and six grandchildren. My family is my great joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church in 1979 as I was recovering form alcoholism. Missionaries came to my door and taught a message about our Savior Jesus Christ. Every word rang true to me and the feelings of peace from the Holy Spirit were very strong. Even though I wasn't looking for a church, I knew I had found something I needed to learn more about. After meeting with the missionaries, and reading the Book of Mormon, and seriously praying I knew this is Heavenly Father's church and my home. The atonement made by Jesus saves us from sin and from the hurts and struggles in our lives. Everyday I am grateful for the blessings of faith in Christ. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

A prophet/king in the Book of Mormon named Benjamin, once taught his people that when they were in the service of their fellow beings, they were only in the service of their God. I have made sacred promises called covenants, to live a life of caring and service to others, and doing so, becoming more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Often I fall short of being the person the Lord would have me become, but each day I can begin again to be kinder and more caring of others. I have spent many years teaching others, both young and the not-so-young to serve others as they live this life. These days I assist individuals and families in researching their family history and learning about their ancestors. As families learn about their heritage, I assist them in seeing how we are all part of a great family that was intended to be forever.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

John
God is our Father. I know that sounds way too simple, and maybe a little arrogant, but think about the kindest, wisest, most loving, wonderful father, and you will have a glimmer of Him. In His unimaginable love for us, God, our Father, created this amazing universe so we would have a place to grow up. He knows you and I and loves us as His children, for that is exactly what we are. And like a wise, loving father, He wants the best for us. He want us to complete our schooling here in mortality so we can return home to live in His family. Show more Show less