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Hi I'm John

As an ordained minister (trained in Chicago & Chattanooga) of an evangelical/fundamental church for 25 yrs., today, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a daughter, 37 years old, who is the love of my life. I am 70 years old, retired, and swim six days a week at the local YMCA. I enjoy debate. I have always enjoyed woodworking, especially with walnut wood (one smell while working with it will tell you why!!). I love nature and raising animals. I was a 4-H leader for nearly ten years, of course, nearly the same amount of time as a member when I was growing up. I pastored a small country church here in NE but due to health reasons was forced to be inactive in the ministry.

Why I am a Mormon

It was during this time that two young men knocked on my door and shared a lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have already mentioned my love of debate. My first surprise was in their conversation with me they challenged me using a verse from the Book of Mormon. It asked me to read with, "a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ" that He would "manifest the truth...by the power of the Holy Ghost." They were going to trust me to read and find the truth on my own!! This startled me. Surely, they were going to have to convince me! That did not happen. They left with me, the God I already knew, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit! I do not consider myself a great Bible scholar, but I felt I knew it well enough I would find the contradictions to the Bible without any problem. That did not happen. Now 16 years later I am still looking. I might mention that I was baptised into this church in 1995. I'M STILL LOOKING. I have yet to find any contradictions in my daily Scripture study.

How I live my faith

Presently, I am the choirster of the main service of our ward and serve as a ward missionary. For my age, I am especially priviledged to work with the music of our church. As many hymns are prayers to our Heavenly Father, it becomes a special joy for me to lead our "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs." Working with the young men or women, OUR missionaries, assigned to our ward enables me to continue "the work of the ministry."