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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Idaho Falls. I have one amazing family. I love coaching basketball, playing golf, and orthodontics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Idaho Falls was great, except for the wind! Beautiful outdoors, lots of fishing, and wonderful people. Fast forward 25 years; I'm living the dream! One amazing wife, two smart, beautiful girls and two energetic, competetive, yet soft hearted boys. We love the Northwest. So green, moderate climate, and very little wind! There are some beautiful golf courses around here, and I sneak out whenever I can! Most people think of me as an orthodontist, but that is only a snapshot. I am first and foremost a husband and dad. My family is my first priority, right next to my personal relationship to my Heavenly father and His Son, Jesus Christ. In our church, I serve in a leadership position in our geographic area. Like many members of our church, I was invited to "help out" in our congregation. People are invited to have a "calling" which is an assignment to serve. The service can be teaching toddlers, organizing youth activities, or directing a choir. One never has to accept a calling, but most are anxious to do their part and accept the invitation to serve with enthusiasm and determination to do it well. We all have our own lives; different career and family responsibilities, yet find great fulfillment in serving our Heavenly Father and each other. Many do not realise that we do not have a paid local clergy. People from all walks of life work together and even though there is no financial payment, the blessings recieved are pretty amazing.

Why I am a Mormon

For two reasons: 1. Everything that I have been taught from childhood and adolescence, and as an adult has simply made me a better person. The principles of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, as I have learned and applied them, have continually blessed me in real, tangible ways. I am a better husband to my wife and I am a better Dad to my four children when I follow the Savior's teachings. The knowledge that God lives and that he is my Father in heaven is the source of my strength. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the roadmap to my happiness, and eventually the way back to our Heavenly home when our lives here end. It is the foundation of how my wife and I teach our kids and how we live our lives. 2. For me, I guess I always felt that God lives and that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. The feelings in my youth and early adolescence deepened into a personal witness, or "testimony" as I saw first hand the blessings of following the Savior's teachings. I did not understand or have a conviction of many parts of the churches teachings initially, in fact I believe that faith is required to fill in the gaps of our understand at times. However, the overarching reason that I am a Mormom, is that the Holy Ghost has touched my heart, and opened my understanding as I have prayed about the truthfulness of His Gospel. I know with certainty that God answers prayers as he has answered my prayers many times. Although answers come in different ways, from different sources and people, one common thread exists, the soft, calming, and revelatory influence of the Holy Ghost. It is unmistakable, divine and predictable for any one who truly desires to know God's will and has the courage to find out. So there you go, that's why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or as many refer to us as a "Mormon".

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed many different opportunities to serve in our church. One highlight for me was as a full time missionary. I was invited to serve a mission in Barcelona, Spain. from age 19-21 I traveled up and down the Mediteranian coast meeting hundreds of people and teaching those who were interested the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned to love the people of Spain. My favorite "callings" have been with the youth programs. Teaching Sunday School, coaching basketball and organizing outdoor activites. For the last 3 years I have served as a President of a group of single adults (non-married) from 18-30+ years old. Our group or "branch" was coming and going continually between college, work, missions of their own and marriage. They became part of our family. It was pretty cool. Even though I was not that much older, they got a kick out of me trying to keep up with them in basketball. They affectionatley called me "old man" more than once. Recently I was invited to change to a new assignment to help assist and teach local congregational leaders, who are known as Bishops. It was sad to leave the YSA (young single adults), but the new calling has been a lot of fun too. I don't have as much time to golf, which I love, but it feels great to get to serve others. I guess that being a Mormon is not a "Sunday" thing for me. It's part of who I am, everyday. Warmest regards and best of luck in finding what you are looking for in life. :)