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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband, father, army officer, outdoor enthusiast & Emergency Medicine physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an active duty army Emergency Medicine Physician with an interest in Epidemiology & Public Health. I enjoy doing research and lecturing on Wilderness Medicine topics. As an "army brat" I grew up all over the United States and Germany. I've been very happily married for almost twenty years and have five children. I've run seven marathons and WILL someday qualify for Boston. Eventually I'd like to run "ultras," especially a 100-miler! An avid outdoorsman, I love taking my family on backcountry adventures. This summer I climbed Mt. Rainier with my oldest son and later hiked the 95-mile "Wonderland Trail" around the mountain with my nephew and two oldest boys. My family is the most important part of my life, and my wife is my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

My father is from Missouri and joined the Church while attending school in Arizona. My mother is from Alabama and was raised a Mormon. The family lore is that her grandparents joined the Church after they were ostracized from their local congregation for having given shelter to some traveling Mormon missionaries. They went on to help build one of the very first LDS chapels in the southern United States. Many of my mother's family are buried on the grounds of that small Alabama church. While I appreciate the legacy and sacrifices of my family, I am an active member of the Church today because of the personal experiences I have had. I'm a firm believer that even if you're born into a religious tradition you have an obligation to investigate and examine its teachings for yourself--to become converted or move on. I've studied, prayed and put the teachings of Jesus Christ to the test, and I've felt God's presence in my life in abundance as a result.

How I live my faith

I love my life, and I know that the blessings and happiness I enjoy are a direct result of the decisions I have made as I've striven to emulate the example of the Savior. My faith has helped me keep perspective in my professional and personal life. I know what is important, what really matters, and I am reminded daily that all mankind are my brothers and sisters. I'm not perfect, nor will I ever be in this life. But I'm trying, and I love the journey.