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Hi I'm John Pedigo

As a youth I attended other churches, got married, the missionaries visited our home, now, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has been full of wonderful experiences from working as a carpenter just out of high school to buying a piano store and raising a family. I have raced cars, rebuilt classics and owned a show car. I enjoy all sports, especially golf because of my age. I like model cars and fly helicopters. My wife of 48 years was my high school sweet heart and after dating for 4 years decided to marry in the early 60's. We have 5 children, who are married, with 16 grand children. I have played the piano since 1949 and enjoy playing "theatre-style" organ music. I have taught piano and organ for many years both at our stores and at a local college. Most of my time is spent at work and then with the family.

Why I am a Mormon

During my youth, I attended a couple of churches with my neighborhood friends. Due to a lack of interest, I stopped going to any church, dated and married my high school sweetheart. When our first child came into the world, my wife decided to take our daughter to church. She began going to a local community church. My mother who had previously joined the Mormon church asked my wife if she wanted to come to church with her, which she agreed to. My wife invited the missionaries to visit our home. During the first visit, I treated the missionary poorly even though I knew, deep in my heart, that what they were teaching us was true. They left a Book of Mormon with the invitation to read it and pray about it. I began reading the Book of Mormon that evening and did so until about 1:25 AM when I decided to pray about the truthfulness of the book. I remember the feelings I got during the prayer that brought peace and comfort to me, feelings I had never before experienced. The next evening when the missionaries came, I received them warmly with a desire to learn more. The wife and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1966. Over the years my wife and I have learned the value of the teaching of Jesus Christ in raising our children and the positive influence it has on our 18 grandchildren. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's Church on the earth. It is lead by Prophets of God as in days of old. The Book of Mormon is the word of God as is the Bible, each one testifying of the other. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. It is through Him that we can gain our salvation in the Kingdom of God. I know these things are true through the influence of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life the same on a day by day basis whether I am at home, work or church. When I wake in the morning I express thankfulness for another day and for the blessings of the past. I ask for help for the day, for my work, with our family and helping in the church and in our community and country. I enjoy reading the scriptures on a daily basis, using them as a guide in my life. My favorite book of scripture is the Book of Mormon. My focus is with my family serving them in anyway that will strengthen them materially and spiritually. My work gives me the opportunity of giving service to those living in my community. I have served as a scout master for many years and coached and refereed basketball. Currently the wife and I serve in a family history calling. I involve myself in our countries future by expressing my views to those who are in government positions and vote at every election. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ is a every day, every hour process. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ starts with oneself and then expands to others, first family, then friends, then community. Being a pioneer today is as real as it was a hundred years or more ago. Trying to make our society better by giving service, sharing what we have both materially and spiritually, will help make our world a better place. I try to live my life in such a way that whether I am at home at church at work or serving in our community that my life style is the same. Being like the Savior in all my walks of life is my desire and my goal. Trying to be a good example is how I live my life through the precepts of Jesus Christ.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

John Pedigo
As christians we know the Savior was sinless and perfect in all he said and done. His actions need to be carefully considered as we follow Him. For example, why did Christ seek out John the Baptist to be baptized? There were countless numbers of churches and their leaders in the greater Jerusalem area professing authority. Christ bypassed them all and went to John, why, because he held the authority to baptize. His authority came through Aaron who received his authority from his brother Moses. Today, authority to baptize has been restored to the earth through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

John Pedigo
Our mortal bodies are a miracle in and of themselves. The power of procreation, the seeds that started life is beyond mans ability to comprehend. We know through scriptural passages that the body, in the eyes of God, is a temple and that we are to care for it as such. Our mortal bodies have a purpose, as the Savior and His body had a purpose. Our mortal bodies house our spirits and for a short period of earth life our spirit and bodies will be together. Then death comes and the spirit rises and our body goes back to mother earth. But, the body and the spirit have not ended their association at death, because there will be a time that the body and the spirit will once again unit for eternity never to be separated again. This is called the resurrection and the Savior was the first to be resurrected. Therefore, our bodies are sacred, and should be treated with great care, the materials of the earth that we take into our bodies will have a direct effect upon our bodies. Good food and ample water coupled with fresh air and exercise will allow our bodies to be as good as they can be under the conditions this earth allows. When our bodies are healthy, our spirits will be assisted. When we are spiritually strong our bodies will be blessed. The soul of man is his spirit and body together, both of which are of equal importance in the great plan of our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

John Pedigo
The word "cult" has been used in newspapers, magazines and other forms of media to define the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Generally, the reason for using the word is to denounce or put down the church. When I think of an organization that is a cult, I think of that organization being run by a person who has brain washed his/her followers into following them in their beliefs or life styles of which are contrary to the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So often people, in cults, loose their ability to think on their own, they become subjects to their leader. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Church of Christ. He is the head. His biblical teachings are ample example as to the value of freedom and personal agency and accountability. He gives us commandments to follow if we have intentions of returning back to heaven. In the Church, no one is forced to follow church doctrine nor are we made to feel guilty. Joseph Smith, our first Prophet said, we teach them correct principles and they govern themselves. The word cult couldn't be further from the truth when attempting to define the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

John Pedigo
I have read both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. Both witness of the workings of God with the inhabitants of earth. The Bible is the workings of God on the old continent. The Book of Mormon is the workings of God on the new or American continent. God is not a respecter of persons, He loves all His children the same which results in Him communicating with all of His children all over the world, using Prophets as His instrument. The Book of Mormon is another witness of the Bible. The Book of Mormon was written on gold plates. Writings began as early as the Tower of Babel and ended in 421 AD, a period of thousands of years. The Prophet Mormon condensed the writings over this long period of time down into a shorter version which is the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was written on gold plates and buried by Mormon's son, Moroni on the hill Cumorah. Joseph Smith obtained the gold plates from Moroni in 1827 and was given authority from God to translate the writings into English and publish the writings as The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon contains a wealth of knowledge with interesting historical events. The greatest of all the events recorded in the Book of Mormon is Christ's visit to the America's following His resurrection. Jesus Christ appeared to the inhabitants of the America's so they could witness of His divine nature and reality that He lives. I know the Bible is the word of God just as I know the Book of Mormon is too. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

John Pedigo
The role of the husband and wife in the home are different. As an example, I remember, while apprenticing in carpentry, my instructor shared this principle of construction. He compared two 2x4's nailed together and one 4x4 being of equal dimensions. He stated that the two 2x4's nailed together were stronger that a single 4x4. His reasoning is the 2x4's have different grain patterns that compliment one another and give one another strength, even added strength. I have thought of that in a marriage relationship, the father has his grain pattern, the wife hers, together they are stronger than their combined strengths separate. The husband will best serve his family as a provider and protector, were the wife will best serve her family is in a nurturing way. She will be gentle and understanding, she will wipe the tears and lift the spirits of her children. Mothers contact with the children will be much greater than the husband because she will have more time with them. Husbands and wives will serve their families best when they communicate together and agree upon the principles, values and discipline they render. Nothing can be more confusing to a child when the father and mother don't agree. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

John Pedigo
The advantage of having parents being born in the early 1900's and they experiencing the great depression gave them personal experiences that aided them in teaching me the value of work and personal responsibility. One of the fundamental principles of the gospel is "work". By the sweat of our brow we are to labor all the days of our lives was direction given to Adam and all his posterity by God himself as to how we are to sustain ourselves on earth. The Bible gives us ample examples of those who do not work will not eat the bread of the laborer. And those who provide not for their families are considered worst that infidels. We must provide for our own physical, spiritual and emotional well being. We cannot look to another for our support, we cannot look to society for out support unless we are completely unable to do so ourselves. Taking care of ones self is rewarding. We should make sure our actions will not impose added upon others, physically or financially. In the case of emergencies we are to prepare ourselves for the unexpected. Having food, clothing, shelter and other basics is fundamental in the time of need. Ask anyone who has experienced an emergency what it is like to be without. Being prepared gives a feeling of assurance and confidence. Every person should have the necessities of life to take care of themselves for a minimum of 72 hours. Consider what you would need in an emergency and then go get it and have it available for your immediate use. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

John Pedigo
How does one become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? In the mid 60's, the wife and I were exposed to the Church through the missionaries. We invited them to come to our home and teach us the lessons they were called by Church leaders to teach. We accepted the teachings of the Church and were baptized. Then were received the Gift of the Holy Ghost and were confirmed members of the Church. The process is simple, but so very important. as to the purpose of why we are on the earth. We are to find Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized so that we might be a part of the Kingdom of God on earth and later in Heaven. Show more Show less