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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband and a dad. I'm a public health scientist and I help save babies from dying. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas and Washington State and as a kid was interested in running, legos, juggling, and playing soccer, Atari and the piano. I taught swimming lessons as a teenager during the summers. I loved school and studied genetics at Brigham Young University. I was a missionary in the southern part of Brazil for two years. I met my wife when I was in graduate school at the University of Washington. We've been married for ten years and have four energetic boys. I love to sing and play basketball. I have a PhD in Public Health Genetics and work for the state Department of Health in the Newborn Screening Program - we do the testing on babies' blood when they are first born. I love using science, math and technology to make a difference in the lives of others. It is a lot of fun being married and having children - there is never a dull moment!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the LDS church, so I grew up a Mormon. I learned stories from my family history of ancestors who were handcart pioneers in the early days of the church. I needed to know for me that what I was doing was right and true. I gained a testimony of the life and mission of Jesus Christ as a high school student through my personal reading of the New Testament. I learned of the truth of the Book of Mormon through study, prayer and meditation as a freshman at BYU. I gained a powerful testimony of modern day prophets as a humbled missionary learning to teach about Joseph Smith in Portuguese. I feel peace and happiness in following my faith and that keeps me going during challenging times. I am a scientist, so I have a keen eye for observation and experience. Along the way I've made pleny of mistakes. I do my best to learn from them and I have found that I feel the happiest and the closest to God when I am obeying His commandments and living the gospel.

How I live my faith

I strive to follow the counsel given to me by my church leaders and pattern my life after the teachings and life of the Savior. I have the chance to work with the deacons (12-13 year old young men) in our congregation as a priesthood advisor and an assistant scoutmaster. It is a great privilege to work with these young men, at a time in their life when they are beginning to make choices that will affect them for the rest of their lives. I also sing in the church choir and try to help out with service projects.