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Hi I'm John.

I'm a seeker of truth, whether it be science, the mysteries of God, Chinese, or how to play Calvinball.

About Me

I grew up in the world-renowned Pocatello, Idaho. Part of that means I love the outdoors, specifically mountains. I'm happiest biking, hiking, or climbing my mountains. If I can't see mountains, I feel out of place. I think of one the greatest pleasures in life (besides mountain biking and eating mangoes) is learning. One of the greatest gifts we have the ability to learn, to accumulate truth, for its the only thing that accompanies us out of this life. The greatest truth one can learn is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of how to live one's life and attain happiness. On the side, I enjoy dabbling in science, music, and language. Right now, I represent Jesus Christ to help others learn these things.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was not a spiritual person. Some events in my life caused me to see what I was missing. I read the Book of Mormon and took Moroni's challenge given to ask and pray about the truthfulness of the gospel, and I received a spiritual witness that it is true. As I continue to learn, I am constantly reminded of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and this gospel. I am a scientist and engineer at heart: I like observing the state of things, tinkering with objects, and learning what makes everything tick. I see the hand of God all throughout nature, and especially within the complexity of life. A lot of people have the idea that science and religion cannot go hand in hand. Rather, I see them as two parts of a whole, each enriching the other, giving us a greater perspective and appreciation for this life we live.

How I live my faith

To me, this gospel means perfection. Our goal is to become like Heavenly Father. How is that accomplished? Daily following the example of Jesus Christ, slowly improving in the process. In the meantime, I do my best to continue learning and serving others. Before my mission, I enjoyed home teaching, or visiting other local members. This gave me a unique opportunity to become a part of their life and help where I could. Right now, I try to share what I know and feel with the people of Taiwan.