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Hi I'm John Pickett

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Portland, OR and moved to SW WA to raise my family. We have four wonderful children.

About Me

I am a proud father of four children. Married for 24 years to the sweetest wife. I went to BYU and PSU and have a degree in Science and a minor in Business. I grew up learning to work on a cattle ranch. I ran my own firewood business to pay for my college expenses and graduated debt free. I've played many sports, but love to play basketball and water polo the most. I like to hunt and fish lakes for panfish. Gardening brings peace and focus as I nurture young plants and see them grow. I love to share the bounty more than eat them myself. I take great joy in watching my children succeed. Whether it's education, sports, or simply gaining a testimony of Christ and serving others, I love seeing them grow in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but my mother was a convert after being raised in the Catholic faith and my dad was a member, but very less active. They were married very young and found the gospel before they had children. They embraced the importance of family home evening to teach us about the gospel and help us as children learn about our Heavenly Father's plan and the Savior's role in the Atonement and how that can help lead us back to live with God and be in His presense. My parents were devoted to their callings and taught me how to serve others selflessly. I find joy in all that and it brings me happiness. I want my children to feel that and that is why I dedicate my time to family and the church. They go hand in hand.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in many capacities. Right now, I am the Ward's Ecclesiastical Leader (Bishop). I have served in this position for nearly 3 years and will serve there until my Heavenly Father inspires those that issue the calling to make a change. My overall responsibility is to minister to ward members with love and concern, helping them become true followers of Christ. Just like all other callings in the church, we do not get paid any money for our time and service. It is strictly voluntary. I have been given the opportunity to serve and teach the youth. I have been assigned to work with individual families in their homes and I've gained many friendships and blessings from becoming part of their families. Through service in the church, I've enjoyed working with community groups like BSA, Lion's Club, Elk's Club, SHARE House, and Salvation Army to name a few. I find it rewarding to work with people that care about their community.