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Hi I'm John McCoy

I grew up in Fremont California, USA. I'm a high school principal and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of three sons who are truly my good friends. My wife is the love of my life and she is definitely my best friend. I love sports, particularly football. I am crazy about the Oakland Raiders football team. My boys and I spend a lot of time talking about sports. I enjoy camping in warm weather only. I enjoy spending time in mostly silly conversations with our friends. I am a high school principal and I enjoy working and laughing with young people. I have 4 grandchildren with more to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, but as I went through junior high school, I was struggling and I was in desperate need of finding out for myself whether or not the church we were attending was true. My parents always brought us to church, but encouraged us to seek our own conviction of the truth. I wanted to be an athlete, I wanted to be a good dad someday. I wanted some guidance and I knew I needed to be stronger in my faith. I asked my dad what I should do. He told me that I should ask Heavenly Father, in prayer, what I should do and whether or not the church was true. I committed myself to prayer that night. I was on my knees for 15 minutes. I asked God over and over if the church I was attending was the true church or if I should do something else. Then an hour went by. I fell asleep several times. Then two hours went by. My legs went numb. Finally I was worn out, tired and perhaps not as full of faith as I should have been. I crawled into bed a bit angry (I was 14 years old) and fell asleep. At some point in the night (whether in a dream or not I could not tell) I was told that I should read the Book of Mormon and I would understand. I woke the next morning full of energy and excitement about what had happened. I began to read, but I quit reading after a while and got lazy. It wasn't until several months later, that as I was reading the Book of Mormon and praying about its truth that I received a strong, yet peaceful feeling of its truth and of the divine mission of the prophet Joseph Smith, the importance of the restored gospel and how it would be a paramount part of my life forever. So why am I a Mormon? Because I know for myself that the source that I follow is Jesus Christ. I know that He lives, that He is the Son of the living God of heaven and that through revelation, He guides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. In these times of filth and confusion on earth I find it comforting beyond words that we can be led by living prophets.

How I live my faith

I go to work every day and I try to be a good example to the young people and to the staff with whom I work. Because of my job in public schools, I rarely speak of religion, but I hope the values I embrace are ever present in the make up of my character. I have served in many capacities in the church. I have been privileged to visit the sick in hospitals, work with the youth of the church and to visit widows or the elderly. I have worked in a few leadership roles in the church. I have equally enjoyed teaching Sunday School where the opportunity to study the scriptures has been mine. I have always grown as I have served others in all of the various roles I have filled in the church. I served as a missionary in Colombia, South America for two years. This was one of the highlights of my life and I call upon the lessons learned there almost daily. The blessings I receive from living my religion have enhanced my ability to be a better husband, father, son, and brother. Perhaps the best reason I can think of for living my religion as best as I can is that I know if I do, my marriage and my family can extend beyond this life. I find that I am happy knowing that my life can be directed by a caring Heavenly Father who wants the best for me. So I try to live my religion by working hard to be close to Him and to His son, Jesus Christ. I pray every night and day and I try to read the Bible and other scriptures every day so I can learn more about the plan they have for each of us.