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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happy husband married for 15 years and the father of 3 daughters and 2 sons. We recently added a surprise baby son who is now 8 months old. I enjoy playing sports with my children and practicing Kajukembo martial arts with my four oldest children as well. I own an insurance agency with my brother Kimo and we've been a successful business for 6 years now. We live, work, and play in the city of Medical Lake. My oldest son is very active with the Boy Scouts and just completed his Eagle Project last week. I serve on the City Council of Medical Lake and enjoy the opportunity to help out in the community. I help coach multiple youth sports, volunteer with the Boy Scouts, help organize a community-wide fall service project, and enjoy sponsoring numerous local activities. My family really loves the community of Medical Lake.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me great joy. It helps me to be a better husband and father and places great emphasis on such things as family and community service. It helps guides my morals so that I try to remain clean in both word and deed. My parents are "converts" to the church and I was almost 3 years old when they joined. When I was about 15, I was very curious to learn if these things are true that my parents were teaching me. I earnestly prayed to know and received an answer from the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Since them, I have always known that the teachings I receive from the church and the teachings from our God in the scriptures are true. It makes it easy to follow what the Lord would have us do in a world seemingly adrift in morality. I'm grateful to have the church in my life to be a constant beacon of truth.

How I live my faith

I have served in numerous ways in my community and in my local ward (what we call our congregations). I have spent much time working with the youth and have loved it thoroughly. Almost four years ago I was elected to the City Council of Medical Lake and have enjoyed service with local members of my community who are not members of the church. I have served as a missionary and, many years ago when I was 19, I left for the east coast where I served a two-year mission for our church. There I had the rare privilege of learning Spanish and working with the large communities of latinos in the Washington D.C. area. About 9 months ago I was called by the Lord to serve as the Bishop of the Medical Lake Ward. It has been a little daunting but I have been overwhelmed to witness great love that people have one for another. One of my favorite teachings within the church is the Family Home Evening program. Once a week, primarily on a Monday night, our family spends the evening doing things together. We usually have a lesson, song, and prayer and many times have an activity of games or instruction together. It's proven to be one of my kids's favorite times together with me as well. I believe the church is a great avenue for learning how to strengthen my family unit.