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Hi I'm J.J.

I am a lifetime student. I'm a future podiatrist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time podiatry student at Midwestern University. What can I say? Feet don't bother me that much. I think it is a great feeling to be able to have somebody hobble in a foot that is bothering them, and be able to walk out feeling like a million bucks. There aren't very many professions where you get an opportunity like that on a daily basis. I am a father of three, and I have been married to my amazing wife for almost seven years. I love to travel all over the place, but my favorite place is Mexico. I love to play volleyball and rock climb, and even play a round of golf when I can squeeze it in to my busy schedule. My whole life is dedicated to my wife and kids. They are my whole world, and I would do anything for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Growing up, I never really questioned my religion. I always knew that my parents knew it was true, and that was good enough for me. I have two older siblings that have chosen not to go to church anymore. I think that that, more than anything, has helped me to stay strong in my faith. Instead of asking, "Why do people stay strong in the church?," I ask, "What would cause somebody to abandon their faith?" Even as I served a mission and taught the people of Mexico the gospel of Jesus Christ, I knew it was true, but I think my testimony was still based on my parents' faith. At the last meeting I had on my mission, we were asked to share our testimonies. As I was sharing mine, I remember this feeling flooding over me. I could literally feel it filling me up, and I knew that it was true. I knew this was the church of Jesus Christ, and that He was real. After 21 years believing that it was true, I had finally received a personal witness of just how true it is. I am so grateful to be able to be born into the family I was. It has been such a blessing to me and my family I have started with my wife.

How I live my faith

In my ward I teach the 11 year olds. Let me just say, they are nuts! I like them though. It has been so much fun to interact with them and learn with them about the gospel. They teach me WAY more than I teach them every week. It's definitely a challenge trying to get them excited about learning from the scriptures, but every now and then I can see that it is really making an impact. When they remember what we've talked about earlier in the year, it really is a testimony to me that the Spirit can even touch the lives of a crazy 11-year-old kid.

What do Mormons believe about family?

It's really interesting to see people's reactions when I tell them I have three kids. "Aren't you a little young?" "I bet that's pretty busy for you." "You're not planning on having any more, right?" I tell them that it is without question crazy in our home. That's just how I like it. I never could have imagined that having children could be such a blessing to me. I love them so much, and I believe that it gives us just an inkling of the love that our Heavenly Father has for us. I cherish the knowledge that I have that I can live with them forever in eternity. I am grateful for temples and that sealing power that makes this blessing possible. Show more Show less