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Hi I'm John

I am a husband. I am a father of seven. I love the mountains. I am a gardener. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Apples don't fall too far from their tree, they say... I am now a grandfather and live in the same town where I grew up. I have grown to love the values, the friendliness and the caring in our little city, and more especially in our neighborhood. It has been a great place to raise our family of seven, and now we have 10 grandchildren who love to visit. My dear wife and I love their visits! Many years ago, I graduated from college with a degree in accounting and shortly thereafter received an MBA. I have worked my entire career for the local power company, and have been lucky enough to participate in many special projects and assignments. I think the thing I love most about my career is the number of people, both employees and customers, that I have been able to help... help to improve their circumstances in some special way. My greatest satisfaction comes from seeing people's lives or a business process improved or merely simplified so that the end result is a step or two ahead of where we had been. Most importantly though, I love being a husband and father. Seven children, for my wife and I, have been our most gratifying "project". We have loved being involved in their lives and seeing their lives improve through time. I love to take them to the mountains or to sit with them in our backyard enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. And now to be able to share those same values with our grandchildren is a special treat.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to a mother and father who had deep faith, as their parents and grandparents did. My pioneer ancestors sacrificed much to help the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to flourish. As I learned from my mother and father about the gospel, there has always been a special feeling inside whenever gospel topics were discussed, so I naturally followed those good, special feelings in my young life. Then, when I was in the 9th grade, as I read the Book of Mormon as part of my seminary class, I asked in prayer, humbly and with great faith, for confirmation that this book was from God. I received a witness through the spirit that could not be denied that what I was reading truly did come from God. Because of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, I also knew that Joseph Smith must be a prophet, and thus the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints must be an organization instituted by God. As I applied that witness through the rest of my life, I have been blessed beyond measure. Since 9th grade, I have had many experiences that have further confirmed that witness. Time and time again, I have seen blessings through the priesthood bring healing, hope and joy into the lives of those in need. I have received so many promptings through the Spirit that have turned out to be so fruitful, that I could not, especially at this point in my life, deny the truthfulness of the gospel. Most importantly, I have gained a deep gratitude and devotion for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through His atomement, we can all repent, return to Him and eventually live with Him in heaven. I have not lived a perfect life, and have taken advantage of Christ's atonement many times. I am grateful for the hope and peace it brings into my life. I know that Christ lives, that He cares for us and wants us to return to live with Him in heaven. I know that this church is true and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. We can all be blessed because of these truths.

How I live my faith

I have long been a willing volunteer both in the church and in my community, following my father's example. Our church leaders are always counseling us to be good citizens, so being a part of our community has been important for us. In 2011, my wife and I were the co-chairs for our city's annual July 4th celebration. Being able to help, to associate with other great people in the community, to demonstrate our love for our community and country, and to see our friends and neighbors in our area enjoy themsleves has been very enjoyable and fulfilling. My current role in the church is to support area single adults ages 31 to 45. Single adults drive up to 40 and 50 miles away to attend our weekly class where we discuss recent teachings and instructions from our prophet and other church leaders. What a joy it is to work with and show love to these great individuals. The group also sponsors regular activities and events where participants can benefit socially, mentally, physically and spiritually. And of course, these activities are always fun! The benefit is that there have now been 7 couples meet and get married. Those are results I can cherish!