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Hi I'm John

I grew up in San Diego, California. I am an Engineer. I am a father and grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in San Diego California. I grew up in a great family. I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I married Sandy while in college, we had dated for 2 years. Upon graduation from college, I started work at Motorola in Phoenix Arizona. I served on active duty for 4 months and 5 years of reserve duty in Arizona. We lived in Arizona for 6 years and we had 4 children during this time. We moved back to San Diego, but money was too tight. I secured a far better job in Salt Lake City and we moved to Sandy Utah. Two more children were born in Sandy Utah. We lived in Sandy for 13 years. Our oldest daughter was married while we lived in Utah. Because of a job change, we moved to Texas. The two teenage boys stayed in Utah and lived in our home in Sandy. One boy left on a mission from Sandy, the other moved to Texas after High School (about 6 months after family moved to Texas). We had a number of problems with children discipline while in Texas. Eventually my wife and children moved back to Utah. I commuted from Texas to Utah for 1.5 years. I secured employment in Utah and moved back. We built a home in South Jordan Utah. We lived there for 13 years. Both boys served missions and graduated from BYU. 3 of 4 daughters married. We grew tired of the cold and move to Arizona. We live in Queen Creek and love it. Three of our children and 5 grandchildren live here. We have 17 grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

After moving from San Diego California to Phoenix Arizona we were visited by a friend from college. We knew he was a Mormon, but had never asked about it. We were in a new city, a new home, a new marriage, a new job, planning a family. We were in the process of change. When our friend was getting ready to leave, as he stepped onto the bus, he turned to me and said that "God answers prayers", and that he was sending missionaries from his church to visit us. The missionaries came and because of our friendship and because we were ready for change, we listened. They taught of things that were foreign to us. They said that angles had again visited the earth. That there were prophets and apostles on the earth again. They taught us the nature of God, and that we were his children. They asked us to pray. We were reluctant to pray, but we did. We felt what we were learning was true. The missionaries asked us to be baptized, and we agreed. After water baptism by immersion, we had elders of the church lay hands on us and bless us with the gift of the holy ghost. Later that night as I prayed vocally, the spirit came upon me in a great rush and warmed me. I trembled. I knew that God had forgiven me and washed me clean by his spirit. I am a Mormon because of the witness of the spirit. It testifies to me as I study the word of God. It testifies to me as I serve others instead of myself. It testified to me as I watch the joys of marriage and family life.

How I live my faith

I seek to repent and give up my will.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

John
When the missionaries visited my wife and I, they taught us that we were the children of a loving God, and that God had a plan for the salvation of all of his children. They taught us of how God's plan was lost for a season, and has been restored in these times. The missionaries were always friendly and kind. They were patient with us. They cared for us and loved all people. Show more Show less