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Hi I'm Craig Johnson

I was born in Oakland, California, 1944. Moved to San Jose in 1947. Attended San Jose 2nd. ward,when I attended church.

About Me

I was inactive from my teenage years to about age 55. At that time I saw and heard some things that helped me to decide that I needed to come back to church. During those many years of inactivity I became a firefighter and I held that position for almost 38 years. I married my first wife we had three beautiful daughters and on occasion I would take them to church. To spite my inactivity I had some really great home teachers, they saw to it that at least two of my children were baptized. They and their families their families are now sealed in the Temple. I love to hike and bike, my greatest and most expensive hobby... sailing. I gave it up because I couldn't take my wife out without making her sea sick. My latest passion is the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The main function of the Auxiliary is to promote boating, water safety and to protect the environment thru education. On occasion we get involved with the regular Coast Guard to do search and rescue. As a member of the Auxiliary you can do anything that the regular Coast Guard can do, as long as you can pass the CG testing. My father instilled in his children a good work ethic. He always owned his own businesses and allowed his children to experience what it was like to put in a hard day's work. For me being a fireman was the best job in the world; going into burning buildings and being assigned to a rescue rig we were able to take care of a lot of sick and injured. I don't know where the time is going, my calendar is full.

Why I am a Mormon

Hollister First Ward is a great place to make my comeback. At age 55 I saw what I considered a miracle and it really shock me to the core. I finally decided that I wanted to take advantage of the atonement and our Heavenly Father's "Great Plan of Happiness" the end result being to return with my family to dwell in the presence of God. By attempting to follow the example of Jesus Christ, studying the scriptures, serving others I believe I might just have a chance. The Book of Mormon makes a promise; if I would read it in faith and ask Heavenly Father if it's true, the spirit will testify to you of its truthfulness. I finally built up the courage to ask. I stopped my reading of the Book of Mormon at Alma 5:11 and asked; this wonderful feeling came over me and I took that as my answer that the book is true. Heavenly Father knows that I am a tough sell, so as I began to read again, in Alma 5:12 it says "it's all true". It's so nice to know that you know. . . These are things that I just can't deny. These are just a couple of reasons why I AM A MORMON.

How I live my faith

I continue to make the same mistake; I remind my various bishops of the need to keep me busy, lest I fall away again and they have honored my request. I get to help our full time missionaries with their various service projects and assisting with their discussions. I am retired so if someone needs service during the week I am usually one that gets called. Working the Bishops Storehouse, the occasional move-in or move-out. I am a home teacher and the supervisor of a group of home teachers. On occasion I will attend the Temple to do baptisms. One Tuesday night a month I get-together with other priesthood holders to make visits to various members of the ward. Fourth of July my men's group put together a breakfast for the ward and the community. Around the holidays I get to help the full time missionaries decorate downtown with lights and plants in preparation for the annual Lights on Parade.