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Hi I'm John

I am a husband and father. I'm a dentist and an educator. I'm a humanitarian and a travel enthusiast. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Other than spending time with my family my favorite things to do are travel and experience other cultures. I have often combined travel with humanitarian efforts. I have been to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Each trip has been at least 7-10 days and included 5 days of free dental care for those in need. I decided at age 15 that I would become a dentist like my dad. We ordered course catalogs from the colleges and universities I planned on attending and sat down together and created an educational plan. One year after high school graduation I had studied long and hard enough to earn my Associates Degree with Phi Theta Kappa honors. I continued studying and did well enough to take the Dental Admissions test shortly after turning 19. I was called to be a missionary in northern Spain for two years. This was a challenging but rewarding experience. Shortly after returning I was accepted into dental school and finished my BS degree. The stars continued to align and I met, dated, fell in love with, and married my beautiful wife. Now we are going on 8 years of marriage and we have 3 boys. Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I weren't a dentist. I really find fulfillment in helping others overcome fears and challenges while achieving something that makes them feel better about themselves. I teach part time in a dental hygiene program, play the guitar, try to take cool pictures (I like using a wide angle lens), and skateboard sometimes.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that all people are generally good. We all have so much in common. Recently, I worked side by side with two other dental surgeons in the Dominican Republic. One doctor, born in Iran but living in Holland, was Muslim. The other doctor was of Indian descent, born and raised in Canada and was Hindu. We spent about 60 hours together performing surgeries and got to know each other quite well. We discussed the challenges of running our practices in our respective countries. We discussed problems in our communities. I was so intrigued to learn that they shared similar concerns about the family, education, and other issues. Any family having a baby, as we just did, is happy and excited. The baby starts to grow up and families teach the child right from wrong. In elementary school we all seemed to be good kids, just having fun. Then the years of middle school come and kids turn into teenagers. These years of "fitting in" and "finding out" can be testing. I know they were difficult for my parents as I tried to discover who I was and what I wanted in my life. Although I come from a long line of Mormon ancestors dating back to the restoration of the gospel, I needed to know for myself the purpose of life. I experienced many things and strayed from teachings that were instilled in me as a child. Eventually, I realized that the fun and irresponsible lifestyle I had been living were not making me happy. I felt empty inside. It had been a few years since I had prayed. I decided to put the religion of my youth to the test by reading the Book of Mormon. If it was true, then the Church had to be true. I started by really praying-praying out loud in private. I poured out my heart and soul to God. And then I waited. I began to feel the love of God. This made me feel special and increased my sense of self-worth. I read the entire Book of Mormon in one Summer as a 15 year old. Every day I prayed and asked God if it was true. As the Book promises I received the answer.

How I live my faith

I have spent the last three-and-a-half years working with the teenage boys in our local congregation. I was assigned to help them develop socially, spiritually, and physically. We partner with the Boy Scouts of America and strongly encourage the boys to become Eagle Scouts. I would spend some time once a week for some type of activity (service, scouting, etc) and each Sunday during church helping teach the young men. I was just recently released from my assignment with the teenagers and will soon receive another calling. The great thing about the church is that no one is paid to work in the local congregation. Freely giving my time and energy to help other people grow closer to Christ is very rewarding.