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Hi I'm John

I joined the church with my Mom when I was 11. I am a husband, father, grandfather, foster parent, IT consultant and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a certified techno-geek. I have been building computer networks for nearly 25 years. At the moment I specialize in wireless communication networks and its a blast! I have been the guest of major sports organizations in support of thier wireless networks. My career has taken me to sea and deep into the earth. I've always been one that needs a constant changing challenge, and this career has been it. I know that I couldn't have done it without the support of wife of 26 years, and our wonderful children who understand that I have to travel for work. What a blessing they are to me! When I'm home I love just hanging out with my family. I read alot and will play some video games to unwind from time to time. I read a range of religious, fiction and non-fiction. I read "The Tipping Point" many years ago and was hooked. Ever since then I am facsintated by the way we think and have discovered so much about myself. But the more I learn, the more I appreciate my Heavenly Father and his incredible insight and wisdom at the way things work.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church with my mom when I was eleven. She gave me the option to listen to the missionaries and decided too. She gave me the option to be baptized and I was. I constantly look back at those days and marvel at how such a profound and long reach decision came so easy and natural to me. I wish that all these years later, I still had that clarity. All that is good about my life springs from my membership in this church. I grew up an only child of divorced parents. I lived with my mom and never really understood what a father and husband should be. To me a father was stern and unerring. He enforced his word by force if need be. My dear wife and the gospel of Jesus Christ showed me what it means to be a real man, a real husband, a real father. It has taught me that its okay to be kind and tender. That strength lies in saying "I'm Sorry" and in putting the needs of others ahead of your own. I have seen and felt the comforting power of the Holy Ghost when I'm sad or the power of God manifest in the life of family when we listen to the promptings of the spirit. Being a member of this church isn't easy. It requires strength of character to stand up and be an example when so many are sitting down with crowd. The Savior challenges each of us to Let our Light shine. I have seen that light beam in those who have been made clean through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have seen that light in the eyes of those who sacrifice and give service to those in need. I have seen that light shine in my family as we have each tried to live a life pleasing to God. We are not perfect - who is? But being a member of this church means that the only perfect I need to be is perfect at trying to be who my Savior knows me to be. I know he will take care of the rest. That's why I'm Mormon, its a life that shows me how to be better in every aspect of life. It provides to me peace amid the noise of a challenging life. Its the hope to press on.

How I live my faith

For me living my faith means that I'm the same person at all times and places. Each day I read my scriptures and pray. I attempt to treat everyone with fairness and kindness, though I feel that many times I fall short. Each day is a new chance for me to be better. I feel that if my faith doesn't move me to be better, then there is something wrong. So I strive to understand how the scriptures can apply to me. What lessons are applicable to me and my family and then I strive to live them. I have many opportunities to teach in the church, which is one of my favorite things to do. I live my faith by bearing sincere testimony in the lessons that I teach and the talks that I give. I try to share experiences that I have had with the hope that they will touch others lives. That by me having the courage to open my mouth, I might be able to, in some small way, help another.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

John
One of the principals that is so powerful in our lives is the right we have to choose. We become a summation of the choices that we make through our lives. Missionary Service in the church is a choice that can be very intimidating and scary for some. But chosing to serve a mission is a great blessing to the person who chooses to take the time to do so. I served a mission and it was truely a transformative time for me. I came home a better person for the experience. I was a better student and when I got married I was a better husband and father. I have talked to many other young men since that time who echo my opinion. To me it is a great testimony to the fact that this is the Lord's church. Sending 19 year old young men out to places all over the world could be a disasterous undertaking under normal circumstances. But not in this church. We send out boys and they come home men. They have the chance to see, first hand, how the Savior's love touches and changes lives. In turn they are touched and changed as well. It is a marvelous blessing in the lives of those who choose to serve. Show more Show less