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Hi I'm John C. Starkweather Jr.

I'm a California born Mormon. I enjoy great weather the mountains, rivers, lakes, camping and especially things with a motor.

About Me

I am a husband and father of eight children and grandfather to twenty grandchildren with one more on the way. I love my family and enjoy getting together with them. My greatest memories and joys are the times I have been with them in the mountains. I enjoy restoring cars, hot roding and at times customizing them. Dirt Biking, Jeeping, Boating, Racing and anything else that has to do with motors shares my joys. ( More Power ) In earlier years I did a lot of Drag Racing still do sometimes. We all have a little dare devil in us. My profession is that of a Painting Contractor. I have been very blessed and always have had enough work so that I could feed and care for my family. I have also been blessed and have had extra work when I have needed it. I started my company when I was 22yrs old in 1976. My father was a painter and taught me at a young age how to work hard. Because of his example I too have been sussesfull. I have taught all my children how to work whether they went to college or not. They too are hard workers and are doing well. My wife went to work for me after the children were raised. It was a little hard at first, but we worked through the problems of being with each other everyday. I think you have a strong marriage when you can work together and still love each other at the end of the day. We have been married for 40 years now and still love each other and are best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. I think I have been lucky and have had a testimony the whole time. I have always had a testimony of prayer. As a young boy I can remember praying and my Heavenly Father would answer my prayers. I new that when I asked him if the church was true he would and did answer me. Some times there was and still is things I am learning about and I ask my Father in Heaven and he continue's to give me answers. I remember one of the things that really made my testimony strong was in my youth I was part of the stage choir in the Oakland Temple Pagent. We reinacted the Restoration of the Gospel each night for two weeks. This expierence has alway stuck with me. Each and every night the spirt was so strong there I just new the church was true, and Joseph Smith was a prophett as is Thomas S. Monson is today. As a Father and Priesthood holder I am able to give blessings to my family and friends. Through this priesthood I have been blessed to know that this is truly my Heavely Fathers Priesthood that I hold. I have seen and been a part of many miracles that have healed and blessed peoples lives. I hold my Priesthood sacred and know it is my Heavely Fathers Gift to me. I need to do what's right at all times to be worthy of this sacred ordinance. I love my Savior who has sacrificed so much so I can be forgiven of my sins, and someday be able to live back with my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I try at all times to be a good exampel to everyone I come in contact with. I have served with the youth for 39 years as Scoutmaster twice. I have been in the young mens presidency a few times and the last time I was the Bishop. The most important part of being a Bishop is to spend time with the youth. I try to help all people whether there members of my church or commiunty. I have spent a lot of time over the years putting together Camporee's or special events for the youth. I am now a High Council Man and I am enjoying this. My assignment is over a ward and missionary work. I did not go on a mission when I was young so this is a learning experience. I love sharing the gosple with people. I really try to do the best in my callings and to be a good Latter Day Saint. I lost a son a long time ago and I know if I do what is right, I will be able to be with him again. Me and my wife were sealed in the oakland Temple for time and all eternity. Which gives us the blessing of all our children being sealed to us also. So I live for the day I can be back with my son who has went on before me.