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Hi I'm John

I'm a pilot, a builder & I'm bilingual. Favorite numbers: "honey" to 1 for 44 yrs, dad to 7 & grandpa to 22 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a builder and land developer, I have had many ups and downs. It feels like more downs than ups. The things that have been constants are my wife and kids and my faith. I have faced many difficult choices in life but I have been blessed with good parents, strong family support and a healthy body. What else is there, really. I have a college degree in a field I no longer pursue, a lifetime of experience as a builder and developer in a profession that may never recover, and more financial struggles than assets and yet I am happy. Having seven children all married, healthy, happy and strong in the faith and 22 (going on 24) grandchildren that are healthy and beautiful (not biased) is all I could ever ask for.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, but still had to come to grips with my faith. When I was asked to go to South America and serve as a missionary in the Andes mountains for over 2 years, I struggled. I would have to give up a college athletic scholarship, leave family, friends and a girl and live in less than pristine living conditions. I went because I firmly believed that this church was the restoration of the original. . . complete with apostles as in the ancient church, and with a priesthood that had been brought back by heavenly messengers. If I was convinced of this, how could I say "no" to the call? I believed. I went. I continue in my beliefs and get deep satisfaction from my participation. I attribute success with my children (in spite of many challenges) to the great youth programs and teachings and the wonderful example of wife and family.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings. I was in Scouting for years and am "Woodbadge" trained as an adult leader. I have taught nearly every age from 6 yr-olds to adult gospel doctrine classes. I have served in the bishopric and on the high council of my stake (a stake is like a parish). I have always been taught never to turn down a calling and I never have and have received a great deal of satisfaction out of service. Paying 10% tithing my whole life has been hard but the blessings promised in the last chapter of Malachi have truly been mine. I have served in the United Way. I have organized large political fund raisers for candidates that I truly believed in. I have run for city council. I have served on the Parks Board for the city. I have tried to make a difference in the community and in my neighborhood. I have the greatest respect for others and their beliefs, but I will admit that if I could, I would try to get them to just look closer at this church and to be open minded enough to check it out. They would love it as much as I do.