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Hi I'm John

I'm a musician, a recording tech and producer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college music student studying Sound Recording Technologies. I absolutely love to play, listen to, and record music. I play the saxophone, the EWI, the guitar, the bass, the drums, the piano and I love to sing. Everywhere I go I try to play music however I can, whether that be participating in organized school bands or putting together rock bands or jazz combos outside of school settings. I've had the great opportunity to play in several fun venues and spend some time in the studio. I also spent two wonderful years living and serving in the Dominican Republic. I grew to love and appreciate the Dominican people and I definitely left a part of myself there. Sadly, I was there during the earthquake in Haiti, and though I did not have the chance to enter and serve those affected, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve many Haitians that left their country for the Dominican Republic, which also allowed me to develop a special love for their culture as well. I recognize that the Lord has blessed me with an extraordinary family, and I am extremely grateful for them. I have one brother who is currently serving a mission, and a loving father and mother. I am extremely grateful for their love and support, fully recognizing that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has given us this loving family dynamic.

Why I am a Mormon

I was "born into the church". My family has a long history as members of the LDS faith. I grew up going to church regularly and participating in activities in the great youth program, including Boy Scouts, Seminary (an early-morning Scripture-study program for high-school aged teens) and more. As a family, though we are far from perfect, my parents tried to lead us in the Gospel as best as we could. When I left for college, I strove to continue to live the standards that I had been taught by my family and by the Church. After one year in college, I chose to serve as a missionary for the Church and was called to the Dominican Republic. It was really during this experience that I discovered my testimony. Before, I thought that I had a testimony, that I KNEW that the Church of Latter-Day Saints was Christ's church on the earth, but it wasn't until I really searched for that testimony for myself that I found it. I guess you could say that I was influenced and lead by the testimony of my parents and leaders, and even fellow youth. When I really discovered for myself the promise of the Book of Mormon, that whoever has a desire to know if it is indeed a book of Holy Scripture can read it, ponder it, and pray about it and will receive an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost, I finally built the foundation for my own faith. I read, pondered, and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I cannot deny the feelings, or fruits, of the Holy Ghost that entered into my heart. I definitely didn't recognize it immediately. I had to press forward with faith. But now, I have no doubt that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, communicated to His holy prophets. Because I know this, like a keystone in an arch, I know that Joseph Smith was in fact a prophet, called of God, and given the power to translate this powerful book. And, since I know that, I know that God has established His kingdom over the earth again, the Church of Jesus Christ, guided by Christ Himself through a living prophet.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith as actively as I can. As I mentioned above, I served as a full-time missionary for 2 years in the Dominican republic, and afterwards I have strived to continue to help the other full-time, spanish-speaking missionaries in my area. Being a performing musician and a member of the LDS faith can definitely be trying at times, seeing as more often than not, most venues, especially associated with rock and jazz, include a certain atmosphere that isn't conducive to the life we live. But I strive to "be a light" for all the world to see in my actions, words, and thoughts. I guess that really, I live my faith by choosing to be a disciple of Christ in all I can in a temptation-filled industry. Really, the best part is that many respect you for making those types of decisions. I have been blessed with several great friends within the music industry who, though not members of my faith, respect my actions and decisions. Outside of the music world, I try to do the same. I recognize fully that I am not perfect, and that's the beauty of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. His Grace makes up for my faults and errors. So I strive to be an example of the believers and serve those around me.

What is the Law of Chastity?

John
I personally love the words of a modern-day Apostle with regards to this Law. He said that God has a special interest in how life is created and how life is taken. God has declared that "Thou shall not kill", and the Law of Chastity is the commandment with regards to the other end of the spectrum. Basically, the Law of Chastity is God's commandment to us, His children, with regards to sexual purity. It declares that sexual relations are a sacred privilege and power, and must only be exercised between a man and a woman lawfully and legitimately married. Once married we must remain totally faithful in thought, word and deed to our spouse. This is the Law of Chastity. Honestly, this is one of my favorite of the Lord's commandments. Really, the commandments are not restrictions, they are God's way of showing us a better, happier life; His way of keeping us spiritually and physically healthy, happy, and free from remorse. Imagine a world where no one had sex outside of marriage, and once married remained totally faithful to their spouse. Think of how blessed the world would be, how much cleaner society would be! I know that this is a true Law of God and that by following it we will be blessed, because I see it working in my life. Show more Show less