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Hi I'm John

I grew up on islands in the Pacific. I'm an Airline Pilot and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on Oahu in Hawaii and on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. I really enjoy the ocean! I love sailing and SCUBA diving. I love travel and learning about people and places. I appreciate making connections and not just with people but also with history and culture. I find it fascinating to discover that underneath that which seems to separate people from each other culturally or geographically are underlying threads of tradition that link all of us as a human family. I have lived on islands in the Pacific, in Korea, in the Netherlands and throughout North America. I have a great wife. I have two grown sons. I have three grandchildren. I enjoy the outdoors, reading, gardening, physical recreation, the ocean and flying. I've been a licensed pilot since 1974. I flew helicopters in the US Army. I fly jets for a major airline today. I like to be engaged in different service and activities. I serve as a Board member in my community and also as a volunteer firefighter.

Why I am a Mormon

My early religious foundations were in three different Protestant faiths. It was also here that my first recollections of doctrinal questioning began. One question that seemed important to me was "Why should people, living or dead, who have never heard of Christ through no fault of their own, go to Hell when they die?" I was never comfortable with the answer I received. It was many years later when my wife and I were living in Texas that my serious investigation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints began. In the community where we lived, my wife and I never found a church in which we felt comfortable. It was a little bit of a Goldilocks story we never found one that felt 'just right', in presentation or doctrine. At about this time a long time friend who had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints four years previously, invited us to visit him and his family in Utah where he was attending BYU. My wife and I accepted the invitation. While there we toured the visitor's center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and discovered that the doctrine presented really piqued our interest. Over the next three months we were taught the doctrine of the Church and we chose to be baptized. Families, our relationship to God, the universal and complete atonement of Jesus Christ available to all, living or deceased, privileged to have heard the gospel or not, touched my soul. The Book of Mormon story, OMG! it fit so well! My mind recalled those stories on the back of cereal boxes that I read as a child about the natives accepting the Spanish as God returning. I aligned that with my education of how the Hawaiians intially received Capt. Cook, I also compared the Hawaiian Heiau (temples) and the ancient Jewish temples and their striking similarities. To me it was great confirmation that God loved all his children throughout the world. I studied, learned, prayed, received confirmation and joined the Church. It has been the best decision I have ever made.

How I live my faith

One thing I particularly like about the Church is the opportunity to learn and serve. As a member of the Church I have learned so much as I have served in different capacities. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is relatively unique in the world in that the members are asked and assigned, through various callings, to facilitate and help manage a congregation. All positions within a congregation are unpaid and members put in the required preparation, planning and service to fulfill their assignments. I have served in teaching and administration assignments. I have served in missionary and leadership roles. I currently serve as a Church Public Affairs Director. As a pilot I am sometimes away from home on Sundays and I am not always able to attend the church that is close to where I live. On those days I try to attend church where ever I am, it may be in a different state or even a different country, but within the Church the consistency in schedule of services and lessons and doctrine taught is all there. I appreciate that aspect of the Church so much. The principles I have learned in church governance and the practice I have had in presenting talks (sermons) on gospel topics, have been helpful to me in my daily life. Whether as a pilot interacting with crew on my flight or as a neighbor in my community, I use these principles and communication skills daily. I try to be more Christlike in all that I do. I continually focus on how I can do better in serving my family and in serving others. To help with this I read and study the scriptures with the goal of learning more about our Heavenly Father's plan for us and His love for us. I enhance my association with my Father in Heaven through personal and family prayer. As I do this I find that I can more consistently recognize where I can be of service to others. This is how I live my faith, and I love it!