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Hi I'm John

I'm a busy father of six married to a terrific wife and were going a hundred different directions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father with six children working hard to support my family. I have children who are married, one serving an LDS mission outside of the United States, and others still in grade school. It's amazing how quickly life can change and children can grow. I'm adjusting to life now as I develop relationships with my children's spouses and watch them make "adult" decisions. It's amazing to see the change that has occurred in me over the years--time really does fly quickly. I wish I had more time (and more money) to improve my home. I find that if I'm not careful, I can let other obligations get in the way of the most important relationships in my life. It's all a balancing act.

Why I am a Mormon

Although born in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon church), I have gained a conviction of its truthfulness throughout my life. Yes, it has been the faith of my fathers; but it is now my own faith and defines almost everything I do, feel, and believe. The principles of the gospel enrich my life, encourage me to think outside of myself--to be less selfish. Being a Mormon reminds me of who I am: a son of God, one who has a reason, a purpose for living. The things I believe make me a better employee, neighbor, son, brother, husband, and father. God is my Father. His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior and Redeemer. Prophets walk the earth today. Living gospel principles anchors me to the divinity within . . . and can for anyone else who accepts the invitation to believe.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Bishop--the leader of a congregation of 500 people. It is an awesome responsibility to act as a spiritual leader and temporal adviser to neighbors and friends who know me and my family (warts and all). I am responsible for the temporal, spiritual, and emotional well-being of those within my "flock." I often wonder how I can do this but I know that my Father in Heaven helps me. It's amazing how the Lord gives you a new heart when you accept a calling to serve others. When I sit back and really think about it--this opportunity is really about learning to walk in the Savior's footsteps. To think and act like Jesus Christ would if He were right by my side (because He really is). It is an opportunity to be the best that is within me. Fortunately I am married to someone who shares the same core values and goals as I do--what a tremendous support. We are so far from being perfect but we find that our marriage, our family life, and our relationships are so much more meaningful when we follow the gospel of Jesus Christ.