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Hi I'm Johnny

I'm tall. I'm a ping pong champion (among my friends). My passion is making and appreciating music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a middle child who was blessed with amazing parents and siblings. I've always had a drive to be successful at whatever I tried. When I was younger it was school - I wanted to be the smartest in the class. In middle and high school it was sports, particularly basketball and volleyball. When college came around I put a focus on music, playing piano, guitar, and my favorite...the drums. Right now, I'm serving as a missionary for the church in Detroit, where I strive to have success in bringing this amazing Gospel message to souls who need it. My dream is to be a musician professionally - maybe a DJ or in a band - but everyone wants to do something like that and I'm a realist, so right now I'm planning on being an optometrist. I think it would be cool to heal people's eyesight and allow them to fully appreciate the beauties of this world and do it for a living...while doing music on the side. Whatever I do, my family will always be number one. There is nothing more fun to me than spending time with the people I love the most.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. I was raised going to church every Sunday and participating in all of the amazing programs of the church. That's how I got started as a Mormon, but the reasons why I continue in the faith are far more profound. I had to defend my faith on a daily basis. I had many friends in the church, but I also had many close friends who didn't share my beliefs and standards. This led to constant peer pressure. Friends would want me to party and live a worldly lifestyle. Everytime I compromised on my standards, I felt guilt, regret, and unhappiness. Everytime I followed the commandments of God and the teachings of the restored Gospel, my life was filled with happiness, joy, and peace. While I always knew my church was 'good', I didn't necessarily know that it was true. There came a point in my life where I needed to figure out for myself if the church was really true. The evidence of the Restored Gospel is the Book of Mormon, ancient scripture translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. If the Book of Mormon is true, the Joseph Smith truly was a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom back on the earth, restored after being lost for centuries. I read the Book of Mormon, and got on my knees, asking God if it is true. As I prayed, I felt a confirmation by the Holy Ghost - unlike anything I've ever felt before - telling me it was true. I lost all desire to sin and only wanted to follow God and His Son, Jesus Christ. As I continue to study the scriptures and live what I learn, my faith grows more and more. I know this church is true, I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God (as is the Bible), and I know that Joseph Smith was and is a chosen prophet of God. Christ is my Savior, and I love Him so much.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith by serving as a full-time missionary for the church. I wake up every morning at 6:30am, get ready for the day, study the Gospel for 2 hours, then from 10am to 9pm I'm out with another missionary preaching the Gospel to people here in Michigan. That involves finding people to teach, teaching them, and guiding them to make a decision to follow Christ through baptism and confirmation. There is no joy in this world that compares to serving God. Something I try to focus on as a missionary is being like Christ. As I study and try and develop the attributes that Christ had, I've found so much joy in life. I pray and work to have faith, hope, charity, patience, humility, and diligence. I realize that it is hard to do alone, but as we rely on Christ and what he's done for us, we can really have our desires change and become "new creatures in Christ Jesus". I've been blessed to see many people accept the Restored Gospel and change their lives. The change in them inspires me to be better.