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Hi I'm John

I recently retired from Cisco Systems, I'm a Christian -- and I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professional business strategy and technology consultant with more than 30 years of experience in consulting to some the largest and most successful corporations in the world. Companies I have consulted to over the years include: Johnson & Johnson; Honda; Northrop Grumman; Hospital Corp. of America; Time-Warner; CNN; Coca-Cola; Nationwide Insurance; Royal Caribbean; Blue Cross-Blue Shield; UPS; Tenet Health; and many others. Each client provided new insights and perspectives to my consultant's "tool kit". I was born in California, but have lived at various times in Utah, Montana, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia. I received a degree in Business from the University of Utah and later, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. I served as an LDS / Mormon missionary in Southern Germany for 2 1/2 years during the 1960's. While in Germany I spent time in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Karlsruhe, Esslingen, Ulm and Stuttgart. I'm the father of five wonderful adult children and now have nine beautiful grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not born into the Mormon church. But as a youth growing up, some of my friends and neighbors were Latter-Day Saints. I grew to admire their example and dedication. I was invited to play on LDS church youth softball and basketball teams, even though I was not a member. Little by little, I learned more about the church. The more I learned, the more I realized how the teachings and principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were consistent with my beliefs and spiritual needs. I joined the Church at age 17 and was later followed by my Mother, brothers and sisters. Over the years, I have spent much time studying and contemplating the fruits of the "restoration", the re-establishment of the original Church of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith, including the Book of Mormon and other evidences of the restoration of the fullness of the Gospel. It is a great blessing to be able to accept as true and correct all of the teachings and principles revealed by the Lord to his servants in our time. Without any hesitation, I can say that these teachings are correct and that they underpin and anchor my life. An example of the power of the restoration came to me when my Grandmother joined the Church while in her 80's. She had studied and pondered Christianity for her entire life as visited many churches. In the end she came to believe that the Mormon church is the church our Savior organized while here on earth and then restored in our time.

How I live my faith

Living one's faith in the LDS Church means faithfulness to the teachings of the Jesus Christ and service to God's children -- following our Savior's example and commandments. Clearly, this is not always an easy thing to do. During my life, I have had long periods of activity in the Church along with some periods of inactivity and estrangement. But in the end, I know that this is where I belong and will remain. The blessings of membership in the Church are precious to me and will make it possible for me to spend eternity with my beautiful companion and wife, Shari, who joined the Church just three years ago. We were overjoyed to have our marriage sealed for the eternities in the Temple last year. I have served in a variety of callings in the Church, both as a teacher and as a Priesthood leader. The role that one plays in the Church at any given time is not as important as is the opportunity to serve and to grow in faith as our Savior would have us do. I find fulfillment and peace in my service as well as growth as a bearer of God's Priesthood.