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Hi I'm John

I am a husband, the father of seven and grandfather of fifteen. I am a research scientist and university professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a medium sized town the son of older parents with the challenges of a childhood with a grandparent in our home suffering from Alzheimer's disease. I enjoyed school, especially science, because I was interested in the 'how and why' behind the reality that I saw all around me. I developed a love for the outdoors especially camping, fishing and swimming, and have choice memories of golfing with my father and brother. My interest in science led to my profession and a life-long pursuit of the truth about the world in which I live and the universe. I continue to have a great interest in understanding where I came from, how and why I am here, and where I will go when this mortal life ends. I have found many answers in my scientific pursuits about the realities around me, and I have found the spiritual answers I sought through developing my faith in Jesus Christ and determining to be His disciple. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has had a profound, positive effect on my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My father died when I was 16 yrs. old, which left me with many questions about the purpose of life and the meaning of death. I turned to God for answers through prayer and reading the Bible although my relationship with a church was limited to occasional attendance. My mother had the first contact with the Mormon church. She had known Mormons in our community and thought they were good people. When two young missionaries came to our door, she invited them to teach her and her two sons. I was told only a short time prior to their visit, and was ready to bolt out the door for I had a very different preconception of who they were. When they turned out to be two young men only a couple of years older than me, and neither had beards, black hats and long dark suits, I was pleased to listen to them. I learned that one had left a basketball scholarship at Brigham Young University to come on his mission and the other was an American Indian. Both were young men unlike any that I had known in my school or community for character, conviction, kindness, love and bright countenances. I found the message they brought interesting yet hard to believe. They told me that there were prophets on the earth again, called by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. They taught me that miracles had not ceased. These young men challenged me to find out the truth of what they taught by reading, studying, praying and living the principles that they were teaching me. I approached the challenge like an experiment where I studied the results of my actions and the effects of the faith which I was being taught on me and those who practiced it already. I accepted their invitation to be baptized, although not all of my questions were fully answered at that time. My feelings at baptism were profound and I determined to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ to test the promises of peace and happiness. Over these 45+ yrs. I have found that the blessings are greater than I ever imagined.

How I live my faith

I have learned that when you are in the service of the Master you hear His voice more clearly and come to know His heart. I have had many positions in the Church and all have involved teaching and serving others in the community in which we live. All males above the age of 12 yrs. are ordained to an office in the priesthood of the Church, if they meet minimum standards of personal behavior and faith. With those offices in the priesthood come certain responsibilities to teach and serve. One such duty is to be a home teacher where a visit is made to several homes of Church members to present a short lesson,encourage them to pray, attend to all family duties, and determine whether there are any needs in the home. In addition I have had the opportunity to serve in many other positions of responsibility. Currently I serve in the Orlando Temple and have the opportunity to bless members of our Church. The opportunity to serve in these positions has been a blessing to me personally and to my family. These experiences have prepared me to be a better husband, father, scientist, teacher and administrator. I look back on my life and marvel at how much joy I have experienced by doing the small and simple things that I have been taught by the Savior and His chosen servants. I have learned to exercise my faith, obey the commandments, listen to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit, and trust in the will of my Father in Heaven. I testify to all who read my message here that the pure gospel of Jesus Christ is taught and lived by the faithful members of the Church of jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have lived in five different regions of the United States and supported five of my children to serve missions to teach this gospel. It is true!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

John
Our Father in Heaven loves all of His children, and desires that they return when this earth life is over to live again with Him. Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential for the salvation of all who have ever lived, and He set the example by being baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Since many of His children have lived and died without baptism or have been baptized by those lacking proper authority from God, He has been merciful and authorized proxy baptisms in their behalf. This work is done only in our Temples. It draws extended families together when this saving work is done for deceased ancestors. Our Father in Heaven will never deny us of our right to choose, thus like the choice to be baptized in mortality, those for whom this ordinance is completed have to choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

John
Families are important because they offer the setting for our greatest growth in mortality, teaching us to love unconditionally and to sacrifice for our loved ones.The family is central to God's plan for His children and the basic unit of society where the needs of the young and old alike are best met. Challenges, sorrows and the most sweet and tender experiences are shared among family members. Those bond us together. We believe we may be saved individually, but our greatest joys will come as we prepare to live together forever as families in our Heavenly Father's presence. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

John
We believe that the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. The special mission of the Holy Ghost is to be the messenger from God and Christ to testify of the truth, to provide comfort, and to purify our hearts. We often refer to the Holy Ghost as the still small voice. The change mediated by the Holy Ghost that occurs in us over a lifetime of discipleship, by keeping the commandments, and loving and serving others, prepares us to live one day in God's presence. Show more Show less