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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Minnesota, but my career took me to Nebraska. I am a Director of Special Education in Nebraska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad of four kids, one of which is adopted. They are 4,5,6,& 10. Two girls and two boys. I have been married to my hard working wife for 10 years. I enjoy playing basketball at the YMCA, watching the Minnesota Twins baseball team on TV, traveling to our lovely national parks, spending time with my family and sleeping! I love my job as a special education director because of the great people I work with, the feeling of giving back to kids, and the fact that every day is different.

Why I am a Mormon

I was the first born son to my recently converted and married parents. They had both been members about 2 or 3 years when I was born. My dad had a powerful conversion story because of his past that influenced me during my teenage years. I was supported in my church membership through my parent's testimonies and the example they set by going to church regularly and exposing me to some of their beliefs. When I got older, I started developing my own testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel. I had enough of a testimony, albeit not as strong as it is now, to want to serve a mission. I gained a very strong testimony while I served my mission, especially regarding the role that the prophet Joseph Smith had in restoring the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. To me, the truthfulness of the gospel hinges on the prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. If Joseph Smith is a true prophet, then the Book of Mormon must be true, and vice versa. If those are true, then the only church in the world that believes in those two things must be the only church that has the fulness of the truth. I continue to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of the spirit that I feel when I attend the meetings and when I study the scriptures. It's also comforting for me to know that there is more after this life to experience. When I am faced with a temptation, it helps to keep an eternal perspective of what I have in store after this life if I keep the commandments. I want to be with my family forever (eternal life) in the presence of Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

There's three hours of church meetings each Sunday. I am in charge of either teaching the grown men during the third hour or asking somebody else to teach third hour. A part of church membership for youth and men is also going to the homes of the members at least once a month to share a spiritual message and to see if they need any temporal help. I am assigned to visit five families once a month, and I oversee other men and youth who are assigned to visit two to five families each month.