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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband, a father, a dentist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I was raised in eastern Washington first, then western Washington. After high school, I attended Brigham Young University, where I got a top-of-the-line education and excellent preparation for the next phases of my life. What I love most about BYU is their moral stance on issues that they don't bend on, and anyone that follows college sports knows that! I served a two-year mission to France - a wonderful experience in which I had a full-time job to help others and grow personally. I returned to BYU to finish up my degree, married my sweetheart, we both graduated, then it was back to Europe so she could get a masters degree at a university in England. Then it was back to dental school for 4 years and another year in Ohio before settling in the NW corner of Washington where I practice general dentistry.

Why I am a Mormon

My thought process here goes something like this: First, I am convinced that there is a God. I am convinced that God created the earth and the plants and animals and that our souls descend from God. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, I believe in prophets and that prophets have communicated the will of God in the past. In this I am similar to most other Christian sects. I have been exposed from an early age to Jesus Christ and his role as our redeemer and to the organization of the early church in which Christ organized a body of saints on earth to receive divine instruction. I have been exposed to the idea of modern prophets and ancient prophets, other than those in the Bible. I have been exposed to their writings on and about Christ and his gospel. I have read, thought about, and prayed about these writings and the spiritual confirmation I have received leaves little doubt in my mind that they are divinely inspired. I can't deny it, so I try to do what prophets have asked. Believe me, there are times that it would be so much easier to have never had been exposed to this church, but easier is not the key to life. Doing what is right before God and man is what matters really. Every week that I attend church meetings, among other things, I am reaffirming that conviction.

How I live my faith

I try to love God and man. I love God by doing what he has asked, and I love man by being an involved citizen. At church, I work with the male youth and help them in a spiritually oriented program called Duty to God. Those same youth are involved in the Boy Scouts of America and we work on that as well on weeknights and weekends. Professionally I work at the free and reduced fee clinic on a regular basis as well as pro-bono work at my place of work to those undergoing certian struggles.