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Hi I'm John

I am a retired Navy family physician. I grew up in Reno, Nevada and love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the practice of family medicine, especially teaching people how to live healthy lives. I enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and backpacking. I am a father and grandfather. Grandchildren are the best! I am a leader in Scouting. My favorite times are spent with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised a Mormon. My parents loved me and showed me how be an honorable man - to be truthful, kind and obedient. Many of my friends in high school were Mormon but I was never invited to any church activities and really did not get involved in the LDS church until in college. I had always been curious and when I young lady I was dating asked me to come to church with her, I accepted. I found I was very welcomed at the college student branch we met at and soon agreed to listen to the Mormon missionaries. The messages they taught me all seemed to make perfect sense. The wonderful chance to be a "forever family" was what really sealed the deal for me. I knew that being in a family unit for eternity was what our Heavenly Father wanted for me and for wants for all of his children. The LDS church was the ONLY church or religion that was able to show me how that would happen. The missionaries answered all my questions and I agreed to be baptised in May of 1980. I have stayed true to my faith to the best of my ability because I am a better person when I am living the standards of the Mormon church. My family is happier. My job is more fulfilling. I have more time on my hands to spend with my family. Financial burdens are fewer. I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But I am striving to become a little better every day.

How I live my faith

I work with the male youth in our ward, specifically the 16-18 year olds, both in our Venture crew and in our religious activities. This helps keep me young and active. These young men challenge you physically, intellectually and spiritually to keep up with them. I am honored to be entrusted with a portion of their instruction and development. I spend about 3-5 hours a week with them, and , in addition, have monthly activities with them such as canoeing, rock climbing, and cooking. I want these young men to grow and mature into fine men. Through the Scouting program and the LDS church, I beleive these young men have a great opportunity to become leaders in our communities.