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Hi I'm John.

Preserving and teaching the past is my passion. I'm a teacher. I'm a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife and awesome kids. They are my life and they keep me busy! I am the oldest of four children, and grew up in the American southeast. I served a mission in Brazil, and love the wonderful people of that country. It is like my second home. I went to school and have a graduate degree in American History and one in Museum Administration. I am also an instructor at a local University. I teach History and Humanities. My passion is the past- the stories and experiences and culture that those who have come before us are incredibly important. Their lives and the things they left behind should not be forgotten. I teach students as much as I can about the past, but I believe my most important task is to help them make a connection to the past and learn to appreciate it and want to learn more on their own. I teach a large cross section of adult learners; everyone from recent high school graduates, to retired and reserve duty military to working professionals: all seeking to improve their education. If I can help them see that they can appreciate and learn from those who have come before them, I have succeeded in my job. I enjoy classic films and animation. I also love to write and I love reading. I used to draw and loved photography, and am trying to pick them back up after many years. Most of all, I love spending time with my family, serving in church, and helping others when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but that doesn't mean I haven't sought to know for myself about Jesus Christ and His gospel. As a teenager, I decided I needed to know if the gospel is true and if the Savior truly lived and if He listened to me and loved me. I read the scriptures; the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I prayed. I asked Heavenly Father to help me know for myself if these things were true. I felt a wonderful spirit and received an answer that the gospel was true, that the scriptures were real and that Jesus Christ lives today and that He knows me. I received a testimony that my Heavenly Father also knows me and He loves me and I am His son. He has given us His Son, who died and was resurrected for all of us, to help us to be able to return and live with Him someday. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, just as is the Bible- together they teach us the indelible truths of how to obtain eternal life. Heavenly Father has also blessed us with prophets to help guide us, to help us understand the gospel and to bear special witness of Jesus Christ. Since Adam, he has revealed his truths to prophets, and He has continued to speak to us in our day through prophets, such as Joseph Smith, whom I know was a true prophet of God. Today He guides us through his prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who I also know to be a prophet of God. I also know that Jesus is the Christ, that he paid for our sins and overcame death through the resurrection and has provided a way for us to return to live with Him, our Heavenly Father and our families forever. He is my Redeemer and I love Him.

How I live my faith

Living my faith means following the path and example that Jesus Christ left for us. I know that we can do that through study, prayer, sharing the gospel and service and developing charity, which Paul describes as "the pure love of Christ." I read the scriptures and pray daily- it sustains me, guides me and helps me to learn what I need to do to be a better person. Prayer and scripture study also comforts me and helps me remember that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and my family and wants the best for us. My family and I try to serve not just in the church, but in our community when we can, and try to serve our friends, family and neighbors when we can. I served as a missionary for the church in Brazil and love sharing the gospel. I find that I mostly do that through teaching. I love to teach the gospel and have taught in many capacities in church. I try hard to be prepared, and to follow the promptings of the spirit when I teach. I enjoy so much learning with the members of the classes that I teach or have taught, and hearing of their testimonies and experiences. And nothing beats seeing the look on someone's face as they feel the spirit and have learned something important for their own spiritual growth. I also try to live the commandments and to follow the example of Jesus Christ. He provided the way and the example of whom and how we should be in this life. I love my family and know that we can be together forever if we follow His example and live His commandments. I am imperfect, just like everyone else, and also like everyone else, sometimes I make mistakes, or get discouraged, or feel like life is hard. But I never give up, because the one central truth that always grounds me is that Jesus Christ lives, He loves me and He will never give up on me. It isn't always easy, but it will always be worth it.