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Hi I'm John

Native Washingtonian, bicycle commuter, and heart attack survivor. I have 5 kids and work in the software industry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Bellevue and went to Newport High School. In college, I studied Humanities after serving a two year church mission in Switzerland. I love to ski and bicycle. For the last 20 years I've been working in the software industry, but always at start-ups and smaller software companies. I'm married to a graduate of Issaquah High School who has blessed our family with five feisty children, ages 7 to 17. In 2009, I had a heart attack at the tender age of 43 while riding my bicycle to work, but thanks to some incredible doctors at University of Washington and an ample dose of miraculous and divine intervention, I'm still around to tell the story--and feeling better than ever. During the day I'm an executive at a software company. I commute on my bicycle up to 150 miles a week between the East-side and downtown Seattle, rain or shine (mostly rain!)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this church, but still had to chose for myself when I left home what direction my life would take. I know from my own experiences--some miraculous, most gentle--that God lives, that He knows who I am, and that He loves me. My religion gives me a solid footing in world that seems to be increasing in commotion and instability. Friends often say: "Oh, you're a Mormon. You can't..." I like to respond: "I can do anything I want to. I just choose not to..." No one forces me to do (or not do) anything. But I know from own experience that following the example of the Savior, Jesus Christ helps me to avoid so many of the pitfalls that encumber those who choose to go another way. Life's hard enough as it is. Why make it harder? His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

How I live my faith

I served for about 5 years as the bishop in my congregation. Since 2013 I've been working with leaders of young men in 8 of the congregations in the area with a focus on scouting. I also teach a Sunday morning missionary preparation class to young men and women who are preparing to serve full-time missions soon. I love working with the late-teen to early 20's men and women. It's a great chance to help them make decisions at a critical inflection point in their lives that will influence much of who they become later in life. I try hard to set a good example. (My wife and kids will tell you, I'm getting better, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.) I'm humbled that our Heavenly Father loves us so much that he realized the only way we could *really* learn what we needed to was to come to this earth and learn by trying and by making mistakes. I love that He he trusts us enough to let us make our own choices, even if those choices are sometimes wrong. I am humbled that He sent His Son to mend the cuts, breaks and bruises caused by our choices. His commitment to our freedom and His tender and gentle mercy when we mess up teaches me how to be a better husband and father. I try to treat my co-workers the same way I treat my family and members of the congregation. Hard work, sacrifice, kindness and respect are my keys to personal and professional success.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

People always say "You can't take it with you." Well, while that's true for every material possession, it is not true for our family relationships. So much of the Christian worlds is familiar with the scripture in Matthew 16:19 where the Savior gave Peter the keys of the kingdom to bind on earth so that it will also be bound in heaven, but what was it Peter had the authority to bind? Families! Husbands and wives to each other, and children to parents. All the love, sacrifice, time and personal investment we spend throughout our lives in our families, will be able to continue after we die. What a great blessing to know that I can continue to enjoy the companionship of the wife, whom I love and to whom I've given myself and my life; the relationship with my children, for whom I've sacrificed; and the relationships with parents, grandparents, etc. whom I love, honor and respect. Members of our church are uniquely focused on the family because we feel that we're making an investment in something--the one thing--that can truly last forever. Show more Show less