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Hi I'm John

I am a father of 10, grandfather of 26, and great grandfather of 6, a retired firefighter of 30 years, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of nine children of which five are still alive. I have a large family with 11 children, 26 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Our family is very important to us and we love to get together with them. Christmas time is wonderful with many of the kids coming home to visit. Our family is scattered all over the United States stretching from Alaska to Colorado and from Oregan to New York. About 7 years ago I retired from the fire department after working there for 30 years. We now live in a small town. We love being here and being able to hear the coyotes at night howling. I now drive bus for the local school district, an currently am the director of a non-profit that creates and presents puppet shows. I love to garden, ride my motorcycle, play chess, fix up things that are broken, and play with the grandkids. I also love to travel with my wonderful wife and see new places.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I grew up in a loving family with several brothers and a sister but they were all older so I was like an only child with my mom and dad. I was raised Methodist and was active in that church. After getting married and moving to another city with my new family we did not go to church very much. Then we met a person who was a member of the lds church. After becoming friends she introduced us to the missionaries. Right away I felt there was something there and decieded to investigate this new religion that I had heard nothing about. The very first time I attended church I was impressed with how friendly and kind everyone was. After taking the missionary lessons my small family was baptized and started out on a wonderful neverending story. Although there have been many bumps and pot holes in our jouney I have never ever felt that I made a wrong decsion of becomeing a member of the church. I know that the Lord has blessed me over and over again through out my life and I will ever be greatful for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me and my family. I know this is his gospel and his church. This I know this of a surity.

How I live my faith

How do I live my Faith? Being a member of the lds church is, besides my family, is the most important thing in my life. I have had the privilage of rescuing someone, delivering babys, fighting a fire where the building was fully invloved, extricating people from auto accidents, and pullling someone out of a frozen lake. Even though all of these things are great, exciting, and wonderful experiences the most woderful is having the sweet, peaceful, and calming feeling of the love that I feel from a loving heavenly Father and of my Lord and Savior. My wife and I have had many exciting moments in our lives. Besides our family, one of the best was when we were able to serve a 2 year misson for the church in the Bahamas. We were together 24/7 and loved every minute of it. We still have many good friends there and talk with them often. It was great to be in the service of our Lord every minute of the day and the two years flew by. We are now on our third mission for the church working with members who suffer from addictions. It is a humbling and very emotional calling. I have been very blessed in serving in many different callings in the church from working with the youth and scouts to serving in a leadership calling. There is not a day that goes by that my wife and I are not in some way helping and serving and we are so blessed because of it. As a young scout and as a scout master I taught young men to live the 12 points of the scout law and I still believe in those priciples.