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Hi I'm John Langston.

I grew up around Chicago, but have lived in six different states . I now live in the Texas Hill Country I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live, breathe, eat, and dream about airplanes. I have worked 40+ years as an aircraft mechanic and I also have a Private Pilot's License, although I haven't been able to fly for several years. I am an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and serve as a Technical Counselor helping others with their homebuilt projects. I am building my own homebuilt aircraft and hope to fly again someday. I have been married to Blanche for 47 years and we had nine children, eight of whom lived to adulthood. All are now married and gone, and we have sixteen grandchildren who we love very much. Our children are scattered around the country living in Utah, Idaho, Michigan, Colorado, Alaska, and here in Texas, so we don't get to see our grandchildren very often and we miss them. We encouraged our children to get educated, to go to college and some took our advice. All are doing well financially and all but one is active in The Church. After graduating from the Libertyville - Fremont High School in Illinois, I enlisted in the Air Force and served one hitch. Eventually I went to the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa to become an aircraft mechanic and many years later decided to get a college degree. I received an Associates Degree from Palo Alto College at San Antonio and then got a Bachelor's Degree in History from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2000. I am semi-retired now, just don't know which half and continue to work as an aircraft mechanic.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a member of the Congregationalist Church as a child, but our family quit going to church when a new minister came in and Dad didn't like him. After enlisting in the military, I continued not going to church and had no real interest in going. My job in the Air Force was to work in the NCO Club, stocking the bar and occasionally being a bartender. I came back from leave early in 1961 and all my friends had been shipped out and were gone. I got involved in a poker game, something I actually rarely did as I always lose, and was getting drunk. I was told there was a new kid in the squadron who held the same position as I but worked in the Officer's Club and that "he was wierd". During the evening, when i was half drunk, he poked his head in the door to say hello and then was gone. The next vening, after work, I was going into my room in the barracks when this young man, Rod Valverde, came up and asked me, "What do you know about the Mormon Church?" I told him all I knew is that they wore old type clothes, rode around in horse and buggys, and they all had more than one wife! You should have seen the look on his face! Then he asked, "Do you want to know more?" Being the curious type, I said I did and we spent the rest of the night, clear until 3:00 AM talking about it, learning about Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon with its unknown race of people that lived in the Americas before Columbus. I made me promise to pray about it all before he left, which I did that night and received a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel that very night. Another strange thing about all this is that I did not have a roommate at that time, or if anyone else had been there I would not have knelt in prayer that night. It was only a very few days that I did not have a roommate. I took the missionary discussions, taking one lesson a week for six weeks as required by the missionary rules and was baptised on March 25, 1961 at Gridley, California.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different callings since joining the Church and have tried my best to do what was needed. My wife and I currently serve in the San Antonio Temple and working there is the highlight of my week; I wish I could work there more often. I have been a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster, both in the Church Ward and in local Scout Troops. I have coached a Little League team a couple of years, and I am a Family History Consultant in our local Family History Center. I particularly like to show the young people how to search out their family line which we do fairly often. I am also very active in a local Experimantal Aircraft Association Chapter, Chapter 747 out of Kerrville, serve as a Techinacal Counselor which means I help, give technical advice and knowledge, and encourage people in building their own homebuilt airplanes, I also help as a ground crew worker with the Young Eagles Program which is that the Chapter will give airplane rides to children ages 8 thru 17, and before each flight, the kids are told somewhat how an airplanes works. This is to encourage young people to get into aviation and has been a tremendous success. I like to keep active.