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Hi I'm John

I'm an architect. I love racquetball, guitar & kayaking. I love my wife & 8 grand kids who call me Papa. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I served 20 years in the US Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer doing construction management and facilities engineering. Our little family moved every three years so we had a lot of places we called home; Charleston, SC, Madrid, Spain, New Orleans, LA, and Silverdale, WA. We have wonderful memories from each duty location! Before deciding to go to Spain, we held a family council to discuss it. Our son, then 8, was hesitant. We tried to persuade him that it would be a great sightseeing opportunity. We told him that we would visit castles, ancient ruins and maybe see the seven wonders of the world. He considered that for a moment, then said, "But we haven't even seen Mount Rushmore yet!" Despite this sound logic, the more adventuresome majority prevailed. We had some memorable experiences traveling throughout Europe and the middle East while stationed in Spain. We got stranded in Turkey, stopped by police in Morocco for only having one license plate, went swimming in the Mediterranean, toured the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre in Paris. We learned to speak Spanish while in Madrid, and learned the hard way that the Mexican phrases in our Spanish dictionary had different meanings in Spain! There were two things that we really came to understand and appreciate from our overseas travels; First, that we are truly blessed as Americans with the unique freedoms we enjoy. Second, that the Church of Jesus Christ is the same where ever you go throughout the world!

Why I am a Mormon

The bottom line is that I'm a Mormon because I have felt the witness of the Spirit testify to me of the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. As I have read the Book of Mormon I have felt that same sweet undeniable Spirit that comes when reading the words of Christ and the apostles in the New Testament. The Bible testifies of Christ, so does the Book of Mormon. Each of these sacred volumes of scripture support and corroborate the other. I know that God lives, and that he is the Father of all of the spirits of men. I also know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer of all mankind. I feel it is a great privilege to be a disciple of Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

I love the Lord with all my heart, and wish that I could have been there with him in his mortal ministry. He made the ultimate sacrifice for me by taking my sins upon himself and dying on the cross for me. There is nothing I can ever do to even begin to repay Him, but I can at least try to live in a way that shows the depth of my gratitude to Him. I try to treat others as if each person I meet is the most important person in the world. (To God they really are!) Although I'm sure I often fall short some days, my object is to live as a committed disciple of Jesus Christ, to take His name upon me, to remember Him and what He has done, and to obey His simple commandments, which are really a pattern for finding joy and fulfillment in this life and preparing for the promise He gave of eternal life to come for the faithful. I have had many opportunities to serve including a mission to the Tahitian Islands of French Polynesia. There I came to love the island people. I learned their culture and their language and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in their native tongue. I saw peoples lives changed for the better, and families strengthened. I saw the hand of the Lord manifest in many ways, some which were miraculous. There was a brother in Noumea, New Caledonia, then part of the Tahiti Mission, who had suffered with a chronic back condition for years. The pain made it difficult for him to do his job as a truck driver with relying on heavy prescription medication. As described in the New Testament, we the Elders were called upon to give a blessing by anointing and blessing by the power and authority of the Priesthood. This humble man had great faith in Jesus Christ. Through his faith in Christ, he was completely healed of the back ailment! He was able to return to work and stopped using the painkillers, for the Lord had freed him. I know God lives. I know that he loves each of his precious children on the earth. He loves me... and He loves you!

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ and his divinity. Like the Holy Bible, it was written by prophets and men of God. It begins with the record of a man who lived in Jerusalem around 600 AD. He was commanded by the Lord to take his family and travel to a land of promise. They were led by the Lord to the American continent. From this small beginning, they flourished and became two great civilizations. When they were obedient, they enjoyed great peace and prosperity. At other times, they experienced wars and contentions. Through all of these historical accounts there is a common thread of faith in Jesus Christ and love of God. As one reads the Book of Mormon, it becomes clear that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and that he loves all of His children, both in ancient and in modern times. The doctrines taught by the ancient American prophets align perfectly with the principles found in the Bible; faith, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, the virgin birth, the atonement and crucifixion of Christ and His glorious resurrection. In fact, one of the most touching scenes is recorded in 3rd Nephi 11 where Christ appears to the people in the Americas after his resurrection. He shows them the wounds in his hands and feet, the heals their sick and afflicted, just as he had done in Jerusalem. He tells them that they are the people He was referring to when he said, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must visit" Show more Show less