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Hi I'm John

I'm a latter-day saint (Mormon). I grew up in California and recently moved to Colorado.

About Me

I grew up in an LDS home in California with 4 older sisters and a brother. As most Mormons, I served a 2 year mission in southern Texas, speaking both Spanish and English. I returned home in 2003, attended a community college where I met my wife. We both transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo Utah where I worked at the Missionary Training Center for 5 years and completed BS and MS degrees in Geology. We have one son of about a year old and recently moved to Lakewood Colorado. I work as a petroleum Geologist for an oil company developing oil fields in Wyoming. I throughly enjoy aviation, science, documentaries and spending time with my wife and son.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up with parents and a family which emphasized being a member of this church, it took time throughout my adolescence and early 20's to really understand how it was right for me. I growing up, I didn't understand the impact of my parents and their efforts to teach us the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like most teens, I was more concerned with superficial things, but still went to church and participated. While serving a mission, I encountered thousands of people and brought a message I didn't understand until I saw the effect of homes that didn't function with a mother and father working together to make peace, love and the gospel a center piece of their lives. Many families I met with were seemed lost in lives of addiction, abuse and lack of purpose. It didn't take long to realize how the gospel of Jesus Christ had shaped my life over the years and gave it purpose, hope and insight. Over the last 10 years, I cant help but realize more and more how everything genuinely good that has happened to me and my family has a connection to the gospel and making an honest effort to live it.

How I live my faith

I've had a variety of responsibilities in the church. Some in leadership, some in teaching, some in simple tasks like printing programs and calendars. All, however, have been fulfilling in someway and have helped me grow personally and spiritually. I enjoy church organization in that I know everyone is working to teach one another and foster a sense of learning and harmony. Most importantly, the reward is not a paycheck, but the joy of helping and seeing others learn the gospel, and build their lives and families with happiness.