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Hi I'm John

I love basketball, guitar and being with my kids. I married my best friend and know we can be together forever and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona my whole life, so I guess you could say I am a desert rat through and through but my family is from Hawaii. I often introduce myself as the "whitest Hawaiian you'll ever meet". I know I don't look Hawaiian I take after my mom, the blond California girl. I like to think that I am a balance of the desert and the ocean. I grew up in a house of music. My dad loves to play the guitar and sing. Some of my fondest memories are of sitting in the living room singing Beatles and CCR songs with my family. At the age of eleven my family moved into a new house. That move changed my life! I met and made most of my life long friends while living in that home. One person in particular that caught my eye was my sisters best friend. I quickly wanted to make her my best friend. She will tell you otherwise but I swept her off her feet instantly...lol. OK, it took years of begging, pleading and dating but I married my high school sweet heart and best friend. I now have four of the most amazing kids. My family is my life and most precious thing I have! I still love basketball, guitar and video games...but sharing my life with these amazing people tops the list.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found no greater tool to prepare me to be a man, a husband and a father than the principles I have learned as a Mormon. I was recently reading in the Book of Mormon around the kitchen table with my family. As we read the story of Nephi getting the plates of brass (1st Nephi chapters 3-4), I was impressed once again at the faith, dedication and the obedience of Nephi. Nephi was asked to do a hard thing, retrieve the record of the Jews. After planning and executing two failed attempts to recover the sacred text Nephi is not discouraged but diligently faithful. He says "I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do. Nevertheless I went forth..." Life is not easy...sometimes I fail or fall. I am a Mormon because it gives me the strength, the knowledge and the ability to get back up. I know that there is a loving Heavenly Father who wishes me to succeed. I know just like with Nephi if I am faithful I will be blessed to accomplish every task God has asked of me. The most important of which are to be a great husband and a loving father. I may not know all the answers but I know who does...My Father.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with the youth and scouting programs for more than ten years. One of my greatest passions in life is seeing young men grow into the leaders they were meant to be. It isn't always easy to work with young men. The things that make it rewarding also can make it a struggle. Young men have an invincible nature. They can be abrasive and irreverent. They can be willful and stubborn. BUT...They can be vulnerable. They can be kind and thoughtful. They can be humble and open. There are times when it is hard and I feel defeated working with them but then the "paydays" come. I get to see them change into men, to realize they are sons of God. It is one of the greatest miracles to witness. As these teens grow into manhood it makes me realize how many people were involved in my life. I realize how many hours of service were spent helping me to learn the values taught in the scouting program. A man is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent...."AND HUNGRY." I hope that my time with these young men has taught them one thing...to be hungry for life and all its wonders, to hunger for truth, to hunger to serve others and to hunger to be faithful followers of Christ. I am grateful to serve the rising generation, to share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to play with them, to serve with them. Over the years I have been blessed to see them get their Eagles, serve missions, get married in the temple and become fathers. I have seen them succeed in sports, school and work. I have seen them thrive in their families I have seen them exemplify the characteristics taught by the Savior to love one another.