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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Southern Utah. Many of my ancestors became Mormons in the 1800's. I'm thankful for their sacrifices. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Southern Utah and had a great love of sports in high school. Basketball has always been my favorite and my senior year I was a starter on what is still the only state championship basketball team from my high school in almost 100 years of existence. After serving a Church mission in Chile, I attended BYU and graduated with a dual masters degree in accounting and business administration. After working for a major accounting firm for three years I left the accounting field and became a real estate agent. Later I became a real estate broker and started my own small real estate firm. I have since branched into a few other businesses as well. Before my last year at BYU, I met my wife and we have now been married 21 years and have five sons and one daughter. I really enjoy spending time with my kids and attending their school events and sporting events. Our oldest son is currently serving a Church mission in Chile.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon faith. As a small child of only seven or eight years old I became aware that there were a lot of religions in the world. However, even at that young age I had a strong conviction in my heart that Jesus Christ was our Savior and that the teachings of the Mormon Church were true. I have never had doubts about the truthfulness of the teachings of this Church even when things have not always gone how I wanted for me personally during my life. My testimony of the truth of these things continued to grow during my high school years and I decided I wanted to serve a mission for 18 months (at that time missions were not two years). I was called to Chile and served there faithfully and had a great experience during that time. Spending 18 months with no responsibilities other than full time missionary service was a great experience and testimony builder for me. I gained a great love for the Lord and His work during that time. As I have raised my own children in the Church I have seen what a blessing the teachings of the Savior have been in our family's life. This Church has given our family a strong foundation and has allowed us to be much closer as a family since we know we can live together forever after this life if we are faithful.

How I live my faith

Since marrying, my wife and I have continued to serve in the Church while raising our children. We have both served in many leadership positions and have enjoyed working with and serving others during our marriage. Our family has also been very important to both of us. Before he passed away my father told me that all his other accomplishments in life (there were many) paled in comparison to the love and joy he felt for his family. I come from a family with five sisters and I am the only boy (I had a brother that died in a tragic accident at age 2). My siblings and I always felt we were the most important priorities in our parent's lives and that was a great blessing to each of us growing up and even as adults. I have remembered that conversation and try to live my life in the same way. I think that at the end of my life, my family will continue to be the most important thing to me. I have felt a responsibility to try to serve others as much as I can in my life because of the many blessings that the Lord has given me. I have had many assignments in the Church to work with the youth and to work in other positions of responsibility. One of my favorite assignments was five years spent serving as a Bishop in the Church. I really enjoyed being in a position to know and help so many people during that time as I was responsible for a congregation of about 350 Church members.

How does the Church finance its operations?

John
Each member of the Church has the privilege of being able to pay 10 percent of his/her income to the Church as tithing. This money is used to bless us as members as it helps build and maintain Church buildings, build and maintain temples, fund missionary efforts, help the poor and much more. I have always felt greatly blessed both temporally and spiritually as I have kept this commandment. Show more Show less