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Hi I'm John

I'm a US Military Brat and a USAF retiree. I'm one of 10 kids and am still completely normal. Oh, most importantly I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 10 kids-I am number 7. It always seemed normal to me, but anyone that I told that I came from a large family always acted almost shocked. I loved the large family. I almost went to college out of High School, but enlisted in the US Air Force instead, because I didn't know what I wanted to with my life. I got married as I entered the USAF. I started to figure out life a bit (grew up) while I supported the Vietnam War (loading bombs on B-52's) and as we started having children. It took me a few years after I was married to figure out what my role in life was to be. I finally figured out that being married and having a family was a BIG responsibility and it scared me at first-well it still scares me, a little, and it's been 40 years now. I love being a husband and father, but it can be overwhelming at times. I love my wife, our four children, and our 15 grandchildren. They are the focus of my life, the purpose which I have to live. I am so very happy because of my family. They all have challenges in their lives as do I, but we all know that we are not alone. I come from a large family, and have a large family. I love family!

Why I am a Mormon

Mormons almost always seemed so nice and happy. I didn't feel nice or happy before I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I REALLY wanted to be happy and nice. I feel happy and I try to be nice because I love the Lord Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and my family. I always wanted to know what my purpose was in this life. I wanted to know how I got here, where am I going when I die--what is in store for me when I die, and what is expected of me while I am here in this life? When I found out what God's plan was for me and everyone, I was EXCITED! There was a logical plan and a clear path to follow to reach the GOAL. It all made sense, to know that I have a purpose here on this earth and that there is so much more in store when I pass on out of this mortal existence; is like the best! To know that family, eternal families are what the Gospel Plan is all about. To know that even though so many of my family never had a chance to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have now passed on without baptism, they can still be baptized (by proxy in the Temple) and still live with Jesus Christ throughout Eternity. That is cool and it is a plan that shows the love that God has for me and all of us. He wants us back and he is merciful. I am a Mormon because the Lord led me to the Missionaries and they led me to my testimony (through the Holy Spirit) of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have joy and peace now in my life.

How I live my faith

My faith brings my joy. That joy is what I want to share with others, whether or not they are Mormons. I have had the opportunity to be involved with the Boy Scout program as an assistant Scout Master. I hate camping and eating camp food but I always enjoyed being outdoors with the boys (along with my two sons). They always were funny, fun, educational, and often hard working. I look back on those 10 years in Scouting with great fondness. Still don't miss the camping out. Still love the outdoors though. Living in Florida, we have had many opportunities to help people, Mormons and non-Mormons after storms and Hurricanes. We also help folks at least once a month who are either moving in or out. I love going out to talk to folks about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love doing service for others-because there always folks that need some kind of help; but there are so many people that just need a friend. My dad is 92 years old and still pretty spry. His response to everyone he sees, when they ask him how he's doing is: Fantastic! That is the way I feel most everyday, but even when I don't, I still feel just a little bit better when I can still respond to others the same way. I am Fantastic! The Lord loves me and I know that he loves us all. He just wants us to draw close to him through prayer. Go ahead and try it. Just say a prayer to God. He wants to hear from you. He wants to bless you. He answers prayers. He loves you. The joy that I have experienced through trying to live the Gospel is without limit.