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Hi I'm John

I am from Utah and did my undergraduate studies at Utah State University. I'm now in Denver, CO for grad school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

This is my first time living out of state and away from family. I earned a BA in Psychology from Utah State University. My wife and I just recently moved from home and family to attend a masters program in Denver, Colorado. It's the first time either of us have been this far away, and we are naturally a bit concerned. It is a bittersweet experience, or has been thus far. It's hard to leave home. It's a challenge to be away from what was comfortable for us, but it's been amazing to have to depend on each other more and more.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a LDS family. I had the opportunity to be in and around the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. I treasure the experiences that I had while I was younger. It fostered a resolve to think about life from a spiritual standpoint. As I've gotten older, I have come to realize that the positive experiences I had as a child are a strength to me now. Of course, the world gets more complicated. Life get's more complicated. But it all comes down to remembering what I learned so well as a child. Jesus loves me and you. He wants to help me become my best self. He is there to support me and foster my growth. He has always been there. I am a Mormon because I have asked for direction from God, and he had directed. I treasure the moments of inspiration that I have received as I have searched.

How I live my faith

Because we just moved into a new area, I haven't been able to do a lot within the church locally, but I have loved having opportunities to serve! I have been able to teach different classes including family history classes. I was blessed to serve a full time mission when I was younger and cherish those opportunities.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

John
I love that I don't have to take a smoke break. I don't have to have something to pick me up in the morning. These "restrictions" are amazingly liberating! Members of the LDS church are taught to abstain from alcohol, tea, tobacco, coffee and illegal drugs. As importantly, we believe that life is for living and enjoying! These things can and all to often get in the way of living and enjoying life. In my given field of study and work, there are so many people who cant live like they want to live because a chemical dependency or even a habit stands in their way. Show more Show less