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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Palo Alto, California and raised in Salt Lake City. My wife of 44 years and I live in California.

About Me

My mission to Germany gave me a strong desire to live and work abroad some day. After university graduation I joined a major financial services company that sent me to Iran to open our Middle East Office. My wife and three children (3 boys) went with me. One person who is especially glad I went on my mission leading me into international banking is the daughter we adopted from an orphanage in Tehran. She graduated from BYU a few years ago and now works for that same company that sent me there. I also opened our banking activities in Eastern Europe during the Communist cold war years, then lived with my family in Brussels where I managed Continental Corporate Banking. For the past 25 years we have lived in Southern California where I still work for that company I joined in 1969. I also serve on major non-profit boards (arts, higher education, human needs, abused children, etc.), having had substantial responsibilities with them, including past chair, vice-chair finance, and investments. My wife and I have helped to raise millions for these worthy causes. In my downtime I love reading historical biography, watching old classic movies, travel, hiking in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro) or in the Himalayas (Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp) or local mountains, scuba diving (Galapagos, etc.), and riding my Harley on major rides including cross country and skiing. I work out every day so I can do the things I love. Many of these things I do with my family and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestry in the church goes back to its foundation. My wife's and my great-great grandparents pulled handcarts across the plains, some ancestors died along the way. One of my wife's ancestors was one of the first converts in Denmark. He then became one of the first missionaries to Norway. There he baptized a teenage girl who would one day become my great grandmother. These people sacrificed and did hard things for truth. They help to give me my own sense of identity and to be completey committed to this truth I came to understand and accept through my own personal experiences and efforts. The gospel forms the basis of every decision I make, every act I do. It has brought miracles about in my life and the lives of my family. Because I made my own decision to follow its precepts when I was young, I have been guided along an incredible life journey including rich relationships at home and abroad, work and cultural experiences I would never have had otherwise, and a satisfaction and love in my family made ever more committed through our beliefs in the blessings of the temple making our eternal relationships possible. Our love of the Savior and following His teachings brings happiness beyond the temporal. The most satisfying belief I have is that I will be together with family always, that we may have all that He has, as He has promised, even including to be perfect as He is. My knowledge and testimony of these truths expand as I read from the scriptures, and reflect and pray. These activities, including trying to be of service to others regularly, bring me a depth of understanding and satisfaction I could not have in any other way.

How I live my faith

I have long realized that the only way to real satisfaction in life is to try to do something for someone else, mostly in regular and small ways. I have my ideal for this in gospel principles. Over the years, my wife and I have been substantially involved in our communities on philanthropic boards of universities, performing arts, and human needs. We also established a charitable fund for our grandchildren to begin to find ways to volunteer and materially contribute. These activities have brought wonderful friendships and associations among those outside our church. I have been an active member of the church all my life. I attend church each Sunday no matter where I am, at home or away. It is important for me to reflect on and partake of the sacrament each week and to lift and be lifted by those around me. As a boy I was in leadership positions in my priesthood quorums where we did regular service. I became an Eagle Scout through a church sponsored troop. When I turned 19 I served a mission to Germany. When I began my career after university graduation I lived the principles of my beliefs. When I began managing others I continued in these principles and as a result, my work environments are uplifting places to be where there is virtually no turnover, and where only high English is used. I have served in many positions in the church, including bishop, stake presidency, and now patriarch. I have visited assigned families in our home teaching program on a monthly basis no matter where we have lived, including in Europe and in the Middle East. These have been rich and rewarding associations. I also have the opportunity over the many years to teach classes in the church. Presently I am a teacher in our High Priest Group. Essentially, the gospel forms the background for every decision and action I make. It is constantly part of me and of every thought. It has brought me great peace in life.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

My father once told me the reason he pays tithing is that it brings him peace. That was all he ever expected from it. I firmly believe this is a commandment from our Heavenly Father. I want to do what He says, for He will never ask me to do something that will not be good for me. I have the satisfaction of knowing I am helping to further His work in this way. Paying over my entire life has helped me to plan and budget more effectively and to therefore be more wise with the resources that have been given to me. I have personally found the promise of Malachi (Malachi 3:8-10) to have effect in my life. I am grateful for material blessings, but more than that, I am grateful for the blessing of peace and appreciation of life's fine things. I am thankful for the testimony of my beliefs that tithing has helped me to have more fully. It is a blessing to consider that I am participating in the furthing of this work and of helping those less fortunate than I. Show more Show less