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Hi I'm John

I grew up a Methodist joined the choir in fourth grade and started looking for God's church after high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was the kid voted most likely to become a minister; I started roller skating, snow skiing and other adventurous activities like sailing after I started college. I did not know who I was or what I wanted out of life. Today I am a black belt in American style karate and have been a ranked fighter. I haven't been to a tournament in a few years but I still enjoy watching a good martial arts flick and look for the holes in their defense. I love to read, Science Fiction is my favorite but I read a lot of fantasy too. I enjoy a good yarn regardless and have even read romance just to see why my wife liked it. For a long time we picked out a book read it and discussed why we liked or hated it. I am a people person who happens to be a good professional in the information technology field.

Why I am a Mormon

I contemplated becoming a minister because I felt called to preach, but after the interview I was told that they hoped my first congregation would be too poor to pay me a full time salary so at least at the beginning of my ministry I would be able to preach what I felt God wanted his people to hear versus having to choose from the topics the members wanted. After the meeting even though I was told that I had passed the final test I chose not to follow that course and started looking for God's true church. I went to every revival, attended many different churches joined several but something was always missing. I came to the conclusion that we were still in the apostasy Paul talked about. I joined the US Air Force and during my last week in boot camp I was invited to attend church with someone I had befriended. I had a choice seeing as I had already gone to church that Sunday; I could go again or return to the barracks and participate in our final GI party or go find out about another church. I chose to go back to church, where I found what I had been searching for for the past several years. Thirteen days later I entered the waters of Baptism and much to my parents surprise I am still a member some thirty-six years later.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with Boy Scouts since my oldest son now 33 was a Cub Scout, I have been a Cub Master, A Scout Master an Assistant Scout Master Merit Badge counselor, a teacher of youth, and a Sunday School President a position I now hold. I still work with scouts helping them with merit badges and encouraging them to complete their Eagle. I love the gospel and what it has done for me, the changes it encouraged, and the person I have become. I am not the same person who became a Mormon over thirty years ago I know how to show my family that I love them, how to tell them and have tried to help them become the people they can become. While I know I have a long way to go until I am perfect I feel that I am on the right path because it is easier for me today to follow Jesus Christ than it was in times past. It all started when I asked my Father in Heaven, "Which church on this Earth today is your church." I started looking and every church I found had good things about them, many of them were christian churches, a few of them were oriental. They all had good things about them good faithful members, most taught moral standards, but they seemed to be missing something until I became a Mormon.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

John
One of the reasons I became a Mormon was because I felt that, if people thousands of years ago needed a prophet, today, with all of the things going on we need a real living prophet. I firmly believe and even know that we have a living prophet receiving directions from God the Father, through his son Jesus Christ. I testify that there is a living prophet on the Earth today. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

John
Let me answer this with a question; Why is it important that someone who spends your money from your checking account to have permission from you to do so? Because if they do not have authority to write a check it is called check fraud. I know that a person must have authority to baptize. That authority must come from God or the baptism is like a bad check it is worthless. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

John
When we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints talk about "The First Vision" we are talking about something that happened to the first prophet of this dispensation while he was a 14 year old boy. Joesph grew up in up-state New York and while his family was religious they were not members of any church, but they read the Bible and said grace etc. When he was 14 going on 15 (1820 A.D.) a religious revival started and the non-church members started joining churches, he wondered which church was God's church; so he attended as many of the meetings as he could. Listening to the various preachers he got confused and wondered how he could ever find God's church. (I think he was about to give up the search.) One day he was reading the Bible in the book of James and a passage touched him deeply. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). That verse caused him to decided to go and ask God. When he had the chance he went into a grove of trees, where he got on his knees and offered vocal prayer. The result was he saw in his own words, "two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” This vision, Joesph's first, led to him being called a prophet and restoring Jesus' church to the Earth. Show more Show less