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Hi I'm John

I live in Arizona with my family. We love to hike, bike, ski, sail, & backpack. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to be in the outdoors, and in Arizona we have lots of opportunities. We love to hike, backpack and explore, especially in the Superstition Wilderness area which is about 30 minutes from our home. There is this raw incredibly rugged scenery with cactus and wildflowers and assorted creepy crawly things. You can really see the beauty of God's creation when you are out in the wilderness. I must pay tribute to our wonderful dog, Dodge (in my photo) who passed away recently. We are convinced that he is the best dog in the world. We built a memorial to him in a secluded spot in the Superstitions. I attended university and graduated with a BS degree in Economics. I fell in love and married the most wonderful girl I ever met. We have been married for more than 30 years and we have been blessed with 5 children and 7 grandchildren with one more on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the church makes everything about my life better. It helps me to be closer to my Heavenly Father, to recognize the signficance of family and how to have a strong family relationship. The church gives me opportuntunities to serve and help others. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and that he blesses me and my family. Most importantly, I have gained a knowledge that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, that he taught me how to live, and that if I follow his example, I can find greater meaning and happiness in my life. As I study his life by reading the scriptures, I gain a greater appreciation of his mission. I am grateful for the witness of the Holy Ghost of the truthfulness of these things.

How I live my faith

In my job I am in contact with lots of people each day. I work hard to recognize that they are all children of God. If you are interested in them and recognize that they have challenges and difficulty in their jobs and life you can help to make their day better. Recently our youngest child, a son left for missionary service in upstate New York. We pray for his safety and success each day. We know that great experiences await him as he is obedient and serves will all his heart. We are committed to support his efforts how ever we can. We are anxious each week to receive his letter or email and it is wonderful to feel his excitment and love for the work. When missionaires knock on your door, recognize that they are far from home and would love to share their story with you. Please be kind it could be my son. At church, I am involved with the youth. Working with the young men ages 12 - 18. We help them plan activities where they can learn life lessons. We just finished a kickball tournament against some of the other youth groups in the area. It is gratifying to see young men learn to do things that they didn't know they could accomplish. I am grateful for lots of leaders that volunteer to help my children.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission is a priviledge that many members take advantage of. For most young men between 19 - 25 it provides a signficant opportunity to serve and help others during what could be a troubled and difficult time in life. If you compare the path the world provides of college and self discovery to sacrifice and serving others, I know that serving the Lord provides greater blessings and understanding. My mission proved to be a great blessing in my life. I was able to learn about myself by talking with lots of people that were searching for something more in their life. My life has been forever enriched by the opportunity that I had to serve. Show more Show less