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Hi I'm John

I have a beautiful wife, 6 children, 9 grandchildren; I'm a civil engineer, a recreational mountaineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always been fascinated with the earth we live on, the inter-workings of soil and rock. So I studied geotechnical (or soil) engineering in college and now work as a foundation engineer. I love using God's basic structural building blocks to hold up the structures we use and live in. I see God's handiwork everywhere in nature. My favorite hobby is recreational mountaineering: climbing mountains. To me there is very little that compares to achieving the summit of a great mountain. I work hard to relax! My other hobbies include backpacking, fishing, skiing, team sports, particularly baseball, and reading. But my greatest joy in life is my family: my beautiful wife, 6 wonderful children and 9 spectacular grandchildren. Our children are all on their own now. We are spread out all over the USA, practically from one end to the other. But we communicate with each other all the time through the Internet and get together with everyone on average about every year or so. That's not nearly often enough but not too bad for a career pursuing family. My wife and I enjoy gardening. I'm not the world's greatest gardener, just ask my wife! But I enjoy getting out and working in the dirt. At work or at home I'm always in the dirt. This year my wife was away for several weeks helping with a new granddaughter so I planted the garden. My planning was a little off and now we have more yellow squash than we know what do do with! The local food bank has lots of yellow squash thanks to us!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My great great grandfather was in the company with Brigham Young that first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Most people would say, well, John's a Mormon because he doesn't know anything else. Nothing could be further from the truth. While my parents were both active members of the church too, I have had to gain my own understanding and testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I guess it started when I entered college. For a time I just went to church because that's what I'd always done, kind of out of habit. But as time went on I found myself digging deeper into the doctrine and history of the church, deeper into the history of Christianity, deeper into my soul in trying to determine what I really believed. For the first time in my life I studied the Book of Mormon as I read. I didn't just read, I really tried to study and ponder and pray about it. As I read I frequently asked myself, "Could any man have written this book?" I have come to the conclusion that this book is from God, that Joseph Smith didn't write it, he only translated it from ancient records. This conclusion came to me through by the power of the Holy Ghost. It was a feeling of calm and peace, a burning within that could not be denied, that testified to me the Book of Mormon is true. My whole testimony is founded on the reality and truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Because it is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet. Because I know the Book of Mormon is true I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church on earth. This knowledge has been a great blessing in my life. The church upholds such great values of family, good Christian living, morality, honesty, healthy living, and wholesome recreation. Raising our family in this day and age has not been easy, but oh so much easier because of the Gospel. My wife and I are so thankful for it!

How I live my faith

My wife and I have the honor and privilege of serving in a congregation of young single adults (ages 18-30) in our local area. We can hardly keep up with them! What a joy it is to meet and mingle with the next generation of leaders in our country and in our church. Since my wife and I are "empty nesters" this opportunity is cherished, our young friends have become our second family. I am a home teacher. This means I visit several families at least once a month to check up on them, see if they need anything, and leave a spiritual thought and a prayer with them. I'm also available anytime, I mean ANYTIME, they need help for any reason. Well, let me tell you what our home teacher did for our family one year. George, our home teacher, knew we were going away over Christmas to visit family. He knew we had some water pipes in our backyard that were exposed to the air. This was in a generally warm climate where freezing weather was really a rarity. While we were gone a cold front moved in with temperatures dipping into the teens, blistering record cold! We were out of touch and knew nothing of the cold front until we were traveling home and heard about it just before arriving. Thoughts of broken pipes and a flood under our house and in our backyard darkened our minds. We stepped up our journey to try to save our home! Upon arriving we found someone had wrapped our water pipes with insulation! No pipes had burst, nothing was damaged! Who did this? My first thought was George, our home teacher. We found out that without us asking him he'd been over to wrap the pipes. He said it was really nothing, but to us he was an angel sent straight from Heaven! We'll never forget George. And this wasn't his only act of kindness. How do I live my faith? By following home teachers like George. How do I live my faith? By following the teachings of a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. How do I live my faith? By serving my fellowman and trying to be the best Christian I can.