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Hi I'm John

I'm an owner of the Cordovan Art School, soccer coach, artist, a sports enthusiast, dad of 4 girls, husband, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Sports have always been an important part of my life. Now that I am getting too old to be competive in basketball and volleyball, I have started participating in triathalons. I also enjoy coaching 2 of my daughters soccer teams. Most of my days are spent painting as a professional artist, and managing 3 community art schools. Sports, art, and family is my life right now. I've been married for 11 years and have 4 wonderful daughters.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I always believed that they taught me good, solid Christian values; they taught me to be honest, to give back to the community, help other people, have faith in Jesus Christ, and treat others like I would like them to treat me. When I turned 19 years old, I decided to go on a mission to Guatemala, where I taught the people about Jesus Christ. As I taught the people about Jesus Christ, and as I tried to do my best to follow His teachings, the stories in the scriptures came alive. I felt that the Savior did know me. I felt that He loves me. I felt that He does have a plan for me. I still feel that today. It has been 13 years since I was a missionary, and life is quite a bit different. I am now married and have 4 children that I am responsible for. Several years ago, I decided to change careers. I went from a career as an artist to that of a commercial real estate developer. After a few financially successful years, the real estate market plunged, and I was left to figure out what to do to earn a living for my family. It was a difficult time in my life. During some of the hard days that followed, I still remembered the feelings that I developed as a missionary many years prior. I knew that the Savior knew what I was going through--because He also walked that same path. I drew strength from that knowledge, and it helped me move forward one day at a time. During times of challenges and trials, I found hope, strength, confidence, and peace that things would work out.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to be a Bishop (similiar to a Pastor or Minister) in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has been a lot of fun. I get to speak often to the congregation; I get to teach the Youth; I get visit member of the congregation in their homes to get to know them on a personal level. As I meet with the members of the congregation, they sometimes share their own life stories, and I get to see how they have overcome challenges. It is neat to be involved in the community and see how other people live the teachings of Jesus Christ.