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Hi I'm John Hoopes

I'm a farm boy who likes science, and went to Stanford for two engineering degrees. I love to fly and read history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Chandler, Arizona and always liked machinery and how things worked. I was fascinated by airplanes and wanted a career that was somehow aviation-related. I ended up at Stanford University and got a BS in Mechanical Engineering and then an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics. After deciding not to try be a military pilot (eyesight not 20/20) or an astronaut (needed one or more PhDs, and I didn't have money for that), I went to work for United Airlines in their Powerplant Engineering Department, which allowed me to deal both with jet engine design and also to go down to the overhaul shop floor and get my hands dirty with jet engine parts whenever I wanted. After nearly 13 years of doing this, we moved to Orange County to be closer to our extended family and now I work for the aircraft leasing arm of the MItsubishi Corporation, with technical oversight of our 100+ large commercial jet aircraft portfolio, especially the engines. I have a private pilot's license and have been both skydiving and bungee jumping. I am also into history and traveling, and like keeping up with scientific and world developments by reading Scientific American, National Geographic, and The Economist.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that both scientific and religious truth are part of one great whole. If there is an apparent contradiction, it is because our understanding of either the scientific or the religious (or both) truths are incomplete, and that further understanding of both with let us realize that there in fact is no contradiction. For instance I believe both in evolution and the Bible...who says God couldn't have worked via evolution? I believe that God lives, that he loves us, and that he can talk to us today. I don't believe in the concept of 'sealed heavens' where God spoke to people thousands of years ago but not to us today. In fact we need God more today than an agricultural Israelite society did in the distant past. I believe that death is not the end and that the wonderful thing we call human consciousness is not just some terrifically complicated enzymatic process. I believe in eternal families, and not in only being married "til death do you part". I believe in eternal progress, that we can continue to better ourselves and gain more knowledge, both in this life and the next. I belive in Jesus Christ...he is my Savior and Redeemer, and that "no one cometh to God except through Christ our Lord". He atoned for my sins and for the sins of everyone who every has lived and ever will live. He died on the cross and was resurrected three days later, with a perfect resurrected body whose nail prints 'doubting' Thomas actually touched later on. I depend on the Grace of Jesus to save me, after all I can do on my own to follow him and 'feed his sheep' as he has commanded us all to do. I am a Christian in EVERY sense of the word.

How I live my faith

I try to be honest in my dealings with my fellow man. I try to live what I believe...I'm not always successful in this, which makes me grateful for the miracle of repentance that Christ's Atonement makes possible to all of us. I try to see the good side of things and not be cynical about the world and all of its imperfections, especially the imperfections in myself and in humanity in general. I donate more than 10% of my income to charitable causes, because I know that I am blessed and that others in this world are not so fortunate and need my help. I donate blood as often as I can..I have blood type O negative, which I know is greatly needed for both adults and for infants. I take part in multiple public service activities each year, to serve others. I strive to live Christ's commandment: "Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father in Heaven is perfect". I know I will never reach this goal and that Jesus Christ was the only perfect man ever to live, however I still strive towards this goal as best I can.