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Hi I'm John

I chase down oddball diseases in animals; retired from the military and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 38 years to the finest woman I have ever known. We have two excellent sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. My spare time is spent working with various Boy Scout groups. Until recently; I made the 25 mile round trip commute each day on a bicycle powered by a weed-eater engine. Now I am waiting for the parts for a new engine. It is easy to pretend that it is about saving money; it isn't. It is about saving the world.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 15 years old I was sitting in a religion class. It was a time of great trial for me and I was struggling with a bit of depression. I was suddenly compelled to pray about who I was and what my standing was before my Heavenly Father. Instantly I was filled with the knowledge that I had a Savior. He had died for me and I had been the recipient of His great gift. I cannot imagine what life would have been like without that momentary glimpse into my Savior and my eternal best self. Surely there have been times when I have shown myself to be less than I should have been over the years; but there has never been a time when I have forgotten through the gift and power of Christ who I should become.

How I live my faith

Nearly every church assignment I have ever had has involved working with teenagers and young adults. I know I should talk about this in terms of church work or some other label to make it appear that I have needed to struggle to meet my obligations to my faith. That would be a huge misrepresentation. My times in church service have been nothing but fun. I get to go out camping in the company of some of the finest young men I have ever known. I get to laugh with the carefree humor that can only come to the young. I get to be there when they get the first solid glimmers of who they are and how through the gift and power of The Almighty; who they get to become. How could anything so fun and exciting be labeled as anything but a privilege?

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I have never believed in the equality of men and women. Nearly every woman I know is my superior in some powerful way. They have gifts that I will never have. It has always been my hope that somehow I have some attribute that they will find useful as well. Show more Show less