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Hi I'm John

I am a field biologist, an Alaskan, a climber, a trail runner, a seeker of truth and adventure and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Last spring I finally finished my undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology. It took me a while because I took time off to travel and to serve a mission in México. I transitioned from studying to working and have found that I miss dedicating the majority of my time to learning. I enjoy my work as a field biologist. Currently I am working with the commercial fishing industry in the New England Area. It is great to be able to see new species of fish, birds, marine mammals and also new places! I miss my Alaskan mountains but there are plenty of trails to run and bike, beautiful places to explore, rocks to climb and good people to share ideas with. I strive to live intentionally and spend my time meaningfully.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the LDS Church because I know it is Christ’s true church. My parents found this to be true when they were in their twenties, recently married, with their first of six kids. I was one of the last of the six and by the time I was aware of what was going on they were well into life as members of the Mormon Church. I grew up being taught the moral standards and religious doctrines they had chosen to adapt at the time of their conversion. In my teens I began to realize that this was not the norm. Most of my friends did not have religion and I felt strange about this for the first time. I had to ask myself if this was just what I was taught or if I was convinced of its truth. I read the scriptures with real intent to know if they were true, especially the Book of Mormon. I prayed to know if God was pleased with the way I lived my life. I sought forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus Christ and came to know that He, through that sacrifice, had the power to make me clean; I could be forgiven of my sins. That power was real and God was there. He is there and eager to see me change, better myself and be more like His perfect Son. I receive support, friendship, and opportunities to learn and serve by attending church. Only in His true church is the fullness of the Gospel taught and lived. I am grateful to be a Mormon because it means I am striving to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

There are many things I do on a daily bases to live according to my convictions and increase my faith in God the Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I study the scriptures and the words of the living prophet and apostles. I find that by doing this I learn and remember better the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to live it by serving others and repenting of my mistakes. I strive to live a chaste and moral life so that I can have the Holy Ghost with me to guide me and help me resist sin. In this way I practice heaven so I can one day be there. I pray several times each day for myself and others to thank God and ask for His divine help in my life. Having a relationship with my Father in Heaven allows me to trust Him. I serve in my Church by being a friend to those I attend with and those not of my faith as well. I have an assignment at church to be a Ward Missionary, which means that I coordinate member’s efforts to share the Gospel with others and help the full-time missionaries as well. I love the chance I have in the Church to watch over other members in my congregation. I meet with them and look for opportunities to serve them whenever possible. Having an assigned role to visit and teach others helps me to better live the principles I talk with them about when I visit. Serving them makes me feel fulfilled and needed. I guess in the end I live my faith by trying to live like Jesus; truly being His disciple.