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Hi I'm John

I'm finishing up college in Russian and economics and I hope to work for the government. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of five and I'm finishing up college. I'm still debating a few different career paths, but I'm trying to stay positive and not stress about the things I don't know. I moved around when I was younger because my dad was in the military, but I call Florida my home. I love soccer, I like to run, and the older I get the more I just like being outside. I love learning, cooking, and trying new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I know that God hears and answers my prayers. I know that He is listening when I pray and I feel his answers through the Holy Spirit, through the scriptures, and through the inspired words or actions of other people. But why a mormon? Because I know that the Book of Mormon is scripture, just like the Bible. I also know that there are prophets today like there were in ancient times. I have read and continue to read the Book of Mormon and the words of the prophets, but my conviction of their truthfulness came primarily through asking God and evaluating my life as I applied their teachings. I'm happier when I am trying to live by Heavenly Father's commandments. Sometimes it isn't easy, but I know that God's commandments are real, binding laws that He gives us for our own benefit. They protect us from spiritual and physical harm. Obedience brings me blessings and an increased measure of Heavenly Father's support in my life. Thanks to Jesus Christ, I can receive forgiveness for the mistakes that I do make. He also gives me strength to make difficult changes in my behavior. I'm not perfect, but I want to pattern my life on Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Studying the scriptures and general conference talks is one of the most important parts of my day. I expect a lot of myself; I really want to grow and improve. My scripture study helps me understand what I need to work on and keeps me focused on God in my daily life. Along with prayer, scripture study brings me peace and helps me feel God's influence. In my ward (think: congregation) I serve on a committee that organizes uplifting activities on Sundays. For me, this normally means that I have an assignment to cook for a large group once a month. Putting in my part feels good and I like cooking anyway, so it's not a chore. I've served in leadership positions before, but I know that Heavenly Father values everyones' service equally and He expects us to fulfill whatever responsibility that He gives us. I also volunteer every week at the Missionary Training Center. I speak Russian thanks to my own mission in the Baltic, so I volunteer to be taught by the missionaries learning Russian. I love going to be taught because I feel the Holy Spirit when the missionaries are trying to teach me what Heavenly Father wants me to know.