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Hi I'm John

I am a convert to the LDS church. I am a Father of 9, Grandfather of 18, I love to travel, teach and garden. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the LDS church. I am married to the most wonderful women in the world. I am a father of 9 children and grandfather of 18 grandchildren and counting. I love to grow things, particularly flowers and vegetable gardens. I feel that one of the great evidences of the existence of God, and His love for us, is in His creations of plants and animals. I graduated from BYU in Business Management with a minor in landscape horticulture. I am an avid BYU football and basketball fan and have followed BYU sports for many years. I have loved science fiction since I was a young boy and I enjoy watching the Star Trek series over and over again. I work for a large Aerospace company as a procurement agent, which has taken me around the world to many different countries and cultures. I love to travel with my wife and family. We have been to many places in the United States, plus traveled to Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Our ultimate travel dream is to go the Holy Land and to visit the great pyramids of Egypt. My wife and family are the most important things in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a large family where we did not actively practice any religion, though my father would occasionally take us to the Unitarian church. I grew up in a LDS community and had many good Mormon friends who invited me to the LDS church for Sunday meetings and youth activities. From a very young age I was sensitive to the spirit and felt there must be more to life than the unhappiness I saw at home and in the world. However, I was very confused about how to find true happiness and success in life. A great turning point came in my life when I was invited to attend a seminary class when I was 15 years old on the Book of Mormon. I felt the spirit so strong in that class that I knew it was very important and wanted to know more. In High school I read the New Testament for the first time and came to know that Jesus is the Christ and that he had organized a church with 12 apostles when He lived on the earth. When I read the Book of Mormon I felt that same powerful spirit and came to know that it was the word of God as it testified of Christ, the same as in the New Testament. I started studying all that I could about the LDS church and its history, doctrine, and programs. I gained a strong desire to serve a mission. My father was very opposed me serving a mission and offered to pay for my college education if I would stay home. I respected my father, but I knew that the Church was true, and I was called to serve in the England Birmingham Mission. My mission changed my life. When I returned from my mission I attended Brigham Young University. After some very difficult trials in my life I married my wonderful wife and we have raised a family of 9 children. I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the World. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, called to restore the fullness of the Gospel back to the earth. I know that God the Father lives, for he hears and answers my prayers.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. It is a way of life. The teachings of the church helped me raise my family and also taught me many skills that have provided a road map for education, good health (abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and harmful drugs) and finding true happiness. I love to teach and serve others in my family, church, and community. I have served as a Cub Master in the scouting program. I had the opportunity to teach an early morning high school seminary class for four years. I taught this class early in the morning before I went to work each day of the week. I have also served in many leadership positions in the church. I have grown to love the scriptures and read them daily. I try to apply the Christian teachings in my business dealings where I work and have found that people of all back grounds appreciate being treated fairly and honestly. My most cherished memories have been when I have the honor to baptize my children, give them priesthood blessings, watch them participate in church sports activities and go with them to girl and Boy Scout camps.