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Hi I'm John

I'm a runner, I'm a software engineer, I'm a husband, I'm a father, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Seattle with my 2 brothers and 3 sisters. One day my dad was going to catch the bus and was a little late. He had to run up a hill, and at the top was very winded. He decided that was pathetic, so he started running. He would run every morning before work, and as we grew, we started running with him. He ran in a marathon in 1975, and we have been running ever since. Most of my brothers and sisters, and many of their children have run marathons, triathlons, or competed in century bike rides. Recently, members of my extended family, including my own 5 kids, have competed in as a team in several 24 hour, 190 mile relay races. While my mom would love to join us, she has battled MS for 42 years, and so she joins us in spirit. I started working with computers long ago when we had to use punch cards, and wait for a week for results. In high school, a few of us learned that we could drive down to the district office and submit our jobs on the school district computer and shave a week off the turn around time. I enjoy trying to advance technology to help the world be a better place. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 29 years, and we have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. We enjoy running, bike riding, kayaking, and going on adventures together. Families are forever. I am blessed by mine.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up a member of the church, everyone needs a conversion, or there is no point in continuing. I have felt the peaceful feelings of the holy spirit testify of truth. I have seen, and experienced the fruits of following the Savior and His teachings. I have seen the hand of God in my life, and in my family, and in others. When my oldest daughter was seven, she had a brain tumor that greatly affected her physical and mental capabilities. I have a firm belief that she will be made whole in the resurrection, and that we can be together as a family after we leave this life.

How I live my faith

We believe families can be forever, so we put a lot of effort into our family. Every morning, we read the scriptures together, and have a family prayer. We try to eat breakfast together, and always eat dinner together. We talk about the day, and always ask each in our family what the best part of the day was, and what they "did good" that day. Doing good can be doing well on something, or going about doing good to others. We reserve a night each week to spend together. We have gospel lessons, or do service, or do something fun together. An important part of that night is a special treat to share together! When we drive in the car, we unplug ear phones, and love to talk together, talk about hopes and dreams and current challenges. I love teaching, and enjoy being around teenagers They have a love of life and enthusiasm that is infectious. I have taught an early morning scripture study class (called seminary) for eight years. High school students attend seminary every day at 6:10 am before high school. Can you imagine that?!? They come of their own free will and choice! The teacher often learns more than the students. I loved studying the scriptures and seeing how to apply them to myself and to my students. I have played a lot of volleyball, so I have enjoyed coaching my daughter's volleyball team for the past two years. My middle son loved soccer, and I wanted to spend time with him, so I learned soccer, and coached his team for 8 years. I have to admit that at some point in those years, the skills of the players became much better than the skills of the coach. Don't tell any of the boys! Recently I have been asked to lead a congregation of 450 members. It is a challenging, but rewarding experience. I was at a wedding describing our lay ministry to a person not of our faith. We decided together that this was my "night gig". The amazing thing is seeing all the people who willingly sacrifice and serve to help others.