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Hi I'm John Ford

I'm a Mormon. And have been for 49 years. I was born in Ancon, Panama. At an early age I moved to Florida with my parents.

About Me

I am retired since September 2011. For the last twenty seven years I drove a tractor trailer rig across much of the United states. Prior to that I worked in managment in retail sales and finance. I have lived in Florida, California and Georgia, which has been my home for the last forty years. I have lived in the same house for 33 years. I am a photographer and a wood worker, enjoying both hobbies at the same time. I attend church in Thomaston, Georgia.

Why I am a Mormon

I found out about the Church from my first wife. After joining the church in 1962 in Georgia we moved to Florida for a few years and then to California for about five years. During that time I had few contacts with the Church, due to moving, few congregations in our area and marital problems. When I moved back to Georgia I realized that the Church was home to me. I felt that I had left the Church, not that the Church had left me. All the time that I have attended the Church I have found answers to all of my questions about where I came from, why I'm here and where I am going. From much of the history of the prophet Joseph Smith I realized that I must be coverted to the gospel but also committed to it.

How I live my faith

First of all I attend all the meetings I am able to. I am the clerk for the church and am responsible for the finance and membership records for about 265 members. I am also responsible for the cleanleness and maintainence of our meetinghouse. My first priority is paying my tithing, as this is the easiest way to show my faith in Jesus Christ. When I have time I go with the missionaries to visit prospective members. I have five families that I am responsible for visiting monthly. I have never been very good at this except when there is a special need, then I will do whatever I can to help them. Serving others is the only way I can serve God here on earth.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

John Ford
The meetings are an hour and 10 minutes long and consist of hymns, usually four, prayers, usually two, sacrament, passing of blessed bread and water representing the body and blood of Christ. There are two or three speakers chosen from the congregation in advance of the meeting. As there is no paid pastor, a leader of the congregation conducts the meetings. Anyone may attend our meetings and are encouraged to do so. There are two other meetings each Sunday. One is a general gospel class while the other is targeted toward youth, women, or men. There is a primary during these classes for ages new born to eleven years old. Any congregation would welcome visitors. Please come. Show more Show less