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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon. I live in the United states. I am a cardiologist and was an athlete in high school and college

About Me

I have been married for 56 years, have 7 children, 27 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Football, basket ball, and track were my interests in high school and college. I continue to enjoy sports as a spectator instead of a participant. I have received great satisfaction in watching my two sons in their athletic pursuits and my daughters' participation in school entertainment units, band and choir. And now much of my time is spent doing the same with my grandchildren. After college I attended medical school, completed residency and fellowship programs and served on the faculty of a major medical school. I practiced Cardiology for 40 years. My interest was in ultrasound imaging of the heart. My greatest joy has come from serving in my church and from the love I share with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

For several generations, my ancestors have been members of the church. Many were pioneers and crossed the plains of the United States in covered wagons. Consequently, I grew up in the church, accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God. Over the years, many attempts have been made to discredit his claims and I have always accepted Joseph Smith's explanations to be true. For example, one early claim was that the Book of Mormon was taken from a manuscript written by Solomon Spalding. At the time when some considered it a possible explanation, I had the opportunity to view Mr. Spaulding's manuscript and found Joseph Smith's account more acceptable. Throughout my life I have encountered other such attempts to explain his accomplishments. As I have considered these I have consistently determined his message to be true. My individual study of the scriptures and the joy of church service only supports my belief that he is a prophet of God. In considering the mission of Joseph Smith and accepting Christ as my Savior, as the basis of my testimony I have relied heavily upon my knowledge that God can communicate with man. This occurs through thoughts and feeling that must be developed like any art. it requires diligent effort including study, meditation and prayer. I know that God can communicate with man and he has with me.

How I live my faith

I have participated in community events in various places where I have lived and feel my right to vote is a sacred privilege. I have served as a leader of youth. I also had the opportunity to serve in a position of leadership where I became acquainted with many members of the church from various neighboring communities. As a young man I served a 2 year mission for my church in the mid-western United States and met many wonderful people. That was a positive life changing experience for me. While I was serving my mission I was recruited to play for the Chicago Bears. I declined because I had made up my mind I would not participate in athletics on Sunday and I have never regretted that decision. Later in life I had the opportunity of supervising young missionaries in three different areas and now I am working with older individuals. My greatest joy and satisfaction has always come from my wife, my children and their families.