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Hi I'm John

I'm a native to the Northwest and work as a Systems Administrator. I enjoy filmmaking, cycling, and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of four, and being a dad is my greatest joy in life. I enjoy cycling, photography, history, travel, and videography. I also have a background in aviation which began when I was just a boy. On a wet, drizzly, Pacific Northwest day many years ago, I boarded a 747 bound for England. It was my first trip on a plane, so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. We'd had a very soggy spring that year, and the persistent clouds hung low over the city. What happened over the next 10 minutes was unforgettable to me. As we lifted off from the runway, we entered the wet mist almost immediately. The dim cabin became even darker for a few brief seconds as we climbed through the swirling layers. And then... it happened. The windows of the plane suddenly lit up like spotlights as we emerged into the bright, glorious sunshine. A wet, murky day had sunk out of sight, and there was nothing above but deepening blue sky. I liked this "flying" thing, and because of this memorable experience, I got a job and earned my private pilot's license. In college, I joined the ROTC and, after graduation, went to Air Force Pilot Training for a year. I graduated from Pilot Training and spent the next 7 years flying the KC-135, which took me all over the world. I've always loved running, but as I've aged I've had to change my focus to cycling. I enjoy riding the many paved biking trails around Seattle and the beautiful scenes along the way. I feel fortunate to live in this area.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and enjoyed learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, I have faith in Christ and in our Father in Heaven. I have many ancestors who were taught the Gospel by missionaries and made a conscious decision to convert to the Mormon faith, including my own mother. I often reflected on these life-changing decisions and wondered if I could have done the same thing if I had not been brought up in the Church. I feel that I would have recognized what they recognized: that the principles of the Gospel are for our benefit. We need them and, deep down, they are familiar to me at the very core of my spiritual being.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is about loving, learning, giving, and serving. It's about feeling the illuminating love of Heavenly Father and wanting to give back to others. I serve in the Bishopric of our ward, and it's always impressive to me how much people care for each other, how willing they are to serve each other and their community, and how much happiness fills their lives. Sure, life is tough sometimes and we often are dealt hardships that are untimely and don't seem fair, but when we keep things in perspective (our time in this life is so short!) and try to learn from our experiences, we grow into stronger individuals.