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Hi I'm John Mortensen

I was raised in California. I design and build swimming pools, water features and spas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on a military base in Sevilla, Spain, but was raised in the Sacramento, CA area. I have a degree in Religious Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, with a focus on the history of Christianity and mysticism, and did graduate work in American Religious History and Humanities at Cal State University, Sacramento. I love to read about what people believe; I think it helps me understand them better and find common areas we can agree on. I am married to an amazing woman (26 years) and have two wonderful daughters whom we were blessed to adopt. We own a swimming pool company; we design, build and remodel residential and commercial pools, spas and water features. The thing I love the most about my profession is that I get to be a co-creator of beautiful watershapes with my clients. I hope to someday be involved with building water features on LDS (Mormon) Temple sites. I like to play basketball, and my favorite team is the Sacramento Kings (Go, Jimmer!). I also dabble in photography-let's just say that I'm an avid amateur. Most of all, I love spending time with my wife and daughters. I am the only male in our family, so I've learned to live in a girl's world :). I am the current president and newsletter editor of a trade association for pool and spa professionals, and I work with the boy's scout/youth group in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon faith, I was always encouraged to come to my own conclusions about what I believe. Mormons are not lemmings who blindly follow what they are told to do. At every turn, members of our church are encouraged to know for themselves whether the things they have been taught are true. I have experienced my own conversion and consider myself "born-again" as a Mormon follower of Jesus Christ. As a Mormon, I have learned so much about our Lord, Jesus Christ, and what He has done to make it possible for us to be reconciled with our Father in Heaven. I have received a personal testimony of the Savior of this world and how his life, teachings, example, and sacrifice all combine to help me be a better and happier person in this life and an heir to all that our Father has in the next. I am an avid reader of the Bible, God's word to his people in times of old, and of the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of the mission and godhood of Jesus Christ. I also follow the words of living prophets. I believe that God reveals eternal truths through prophets and that He has not stopped that revelatory process. In college, I came to a deeper appreciation of the divine mission of Joseph Smith to restore plain and precious things that had been lost from Christ's original gospel. Studying the world's religions, and historical Christianity in particular, has added an intellectual component to my spiritual witness. I believe that most religions contain great wisdom and elements of eternal truth. We welcome truth from any source. I believe that there is only one author of truth, our Father in Heaven, so if something is true, it is good and comes from Him. The distinction I draw as a Mormon is one of volume and consistency of truth. Because we have living prophets and have received additional scripture, we have been blessed with additional light and knowledge which we are under obligation to share with all of our brothers and sisters here on earth.

How I live my faith

I pray to God, our Father in Heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ. I have been baptized by immersion, and I renew my baptismal covenants (to take upon myself Jesus' name, keep God's commandments, and endure life's lessons) each week by taking the sacrament, an ordinance that commemorates Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. Each month, I have the opportunity to visit some families in my congregation. We talk about our lives, our beliefs, our personal struggles and our triumphs. We try to strengthen each other and offer help if one of us is in need. I also work with the boy's youth group in my congregation. Our goal is to provide experiences and training that will help them become better husbands and fathers as adults. As a believer in revelation, I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures to come closer to God and to learn more of His ways and plan for my life. I also read the words of living prophets to find out what God wants the world to know today. Most of all, I am trying to learn how to have unconditional love for all of God's children-my brothers and sisters here on earth. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that if I can do this, I can begin to experience what kind of love Jesus and our Father in Heaven have for us. My path is far from finished; I still have so much to learn and overcome, but I continue to try to be better and kinder, and I have hope that through my efforts and obedience, and then only by the grace God gives me, I can be the kind of person that will be accepted into His kingdom.