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Hi I'm John O.

I am a native Hoosier, born and raised in Indiana. I'm the only member of the Church in my family, that I know of. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married husband of 22 years. I have three wonderful children, all still living at home with my wife and I. By profession, I have been in sales all of my adult life and love to build relationships with customers and people. I enjoy basketball, basketball and basketball. Did I say I like basketball? I sometimes exhaust myself to prove that I can achieve a goal. Example - I ran 2 marathons and several mini-marathons. To look at me now, you might wonder how I did that. My weekends are full of activties and Church, and my weekdays are just as hectic, however, I'm glad to be able to spend time with my family. My older two children are very active with work, homework, and friends. I wish they had more time for me, but I remember when I was their age. My oldest son is preparing for a mission for our Church in less than two years. I joined the Church when I was 18 years old, but did not serve a mission. My wife and I and our special needs son (our youngest) look forward to the day when we will be able to serve a mission for our Church. We love helping others and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I knew the first time I had met my wife, then my high school sweetheart, that something was special about her and her family. I had to know more. From the early discussions with the missionaries to the Church meetings I attended, it just felt like I was home. The gospel of Jesus Christ is amazing and it has helped me to answer many questions I have had over the years. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has answered all of that for me and more. Being a Mormon isn't just in name only, it is a way of life. I try to live the teachings of the Church 24/7/365. That's the only way I know how. There have been times in my life when I didn't always try my hardest at living the standards, but when I put my whole heart into Jesus Christ, I choose to follow him with all my might, mind and strength. The scriptures tell us that if we love the Lord, we must keep his commandments. Although I am far from perfect, I strive to be a good man, husband, and father. I'm grateful for the Church for helping shape me into a better person. I'm not the same person I was 20 years ago - thank goodness!

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the Church, since my membership over 24 years ago. I started out teaching young 4-5 year olds. Teaching the basic principles of the Church is a great way to learn yourself. I grew into other callings where I was in charge of the young men, ages 12-18. Camping, scouting, youth conferences, all things I missed as a youth myself, I was able to experience through the eyes of the youth of other members. Teaching our children about proper standards, beliefs and helping them to gain a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important opportunity in the world. I'm grateful for the times I have been able to serve in that capacity. Today I am in the Bishopric as a counselor to a wonderful Bishop. I help him in any way I can, with interviewing others for assignments, spending time overseeing the primary age (3-11) children and also the young women's program of the Church (girls ages 12-18). I'm grateful for the trust the Lord has in me to be in the capacity. I know that each time I receive a new assignment that it is from the Lord and I have something new to learn. Many times I have felt inadequate, but I know whom the Lord calls, he qualifies. I live my faith daily. I get up each morning with a grateful heartfelt prayer, read a chaper in the scriptures and do my best to be the best example/disciple of Christ I can be. My faith is what keeps me going, especially when the dark clouds of adversity hit me or my family. I know that we must endure our trials to become stronger. I also know that as we make it through the rough patches in life, our job is to help others as well. I love to serve the Lord.