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Hi I'm John

At 57 I was baptised into the LDS Church, a long time to wait...but now I am a Mormon.

About Me

Like many young boys, I grew up with cars and sports. Football and track, and fast cars were my favorites. My first year of college was interupted by the Vietnam War and I served as a helicopter pilot. After five years in the Army I returned to civilian life and persued a career in Football. After injuries sidelined my efforts I went back to school and my passion for racing. I was never a drinker or drug user, but the adrenilan rush ran my life. White river rafting, drag car and boat racing, sprint car racing was just some of my loves. I raced through relationships and wives as fast as I did cars. It took me a long time to realize that I had sped through and missed so much of what was truly important in my life. Bottom was found when I was sentenced to six years in prison. My life changed with a new wife, a loving family and the introduction to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

It became obvious that I was not in controll of my life as I thought I was. My choices were leading me places I did not wish to go. I soon realized that I must make a change and soon. My new wife was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which I was familliar with because they were very family oriented and I liked that. I read the Book of Morman several times and prayed to answer my questions. I found a peace that I'd never realized before and a happiness that filled my heart. I asked to have the discussions and was baptized a member of the church. I've lived on the other side of the fence for far too long not realizing that through Heavenly Father I could find such joy and happiness in my life. The sad thing was that it was right there all the time, I just never recognized it. I know that this church is true and that Jesus Christ is there for each of us with a love that can bring true joy and happiness into each of our lives...all we have to do is ask with open arms.

How I live my faith

OK..It's true, I still enjoy a day out at the race track or a weekend riding at the sand dunes. But there is no comparison to last weekend when we offered community service at the local airport cutting weeds and beautifying the grounds...a message of friendship and love. I teach a lesson every month in church, finding that I probably get more out of it than anyone else, and enjoy being a part of something constructive and positive. My new friends are all such a pleasure to be around making me feel truely worthy in my life. I really am truly worthy in my life and I am gratefull to Jesus Christ for turning my life around and all the blessings I have recieved.