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Hi I'm John

I am an Electrical Engineer. I love my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second child out of six (which is the best position by far!). I love running, swimming, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and many a card game, of which Dominion and Munchkin are my current favorites. I am starting Grad School in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Remote Sensing, which has cool applications such as iceberg tracking and calculating ocean winds. I really enjoy animals of all kinds and spent most of my childhood with pets and animals, and when I wasn't with them I read about them! e.g. my record for number of bullfrogs caught with my bare hands in one day is 13 (I think it was 13, it might have been 14. I did it when I was about 10). I have owned 4 hamsters and two rats in my lifetime, for whom I have made many a maze out of Legos. And, of course, I love my siblings and Parents! Many of my favorite stories to relate center around my experiences with them, whether it be about how I broke down laughing at church due to my older brother Paul or whether it be cute, witty things my little brother William says (he is 8 years old currently and has names for his stuffed animals that include "Mr. Coconut", "Lightning Bandit", and "Steve"). And my wonderful parents put up with me though my teenage years and I am learning more about their great experiences, perspective, and qualities every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first and foremost because I feel that it's teachings are true. I was born to parents who are members of the church and have missed very few Sunday church meetings since my birth. When I turned 8, I did not have any feeling that I should not be baptized, and was in fact excited; So, I got baptized. Needless to say, as I got older I questioned this decision from time to time, wondering if I truly felt the church was true. The overwhelming truth, for me, is that I cannot find a good reason that it would not be true. Are things, at times, required of me that I do not fully understand? Most certainly! This does not bother me though since I know that the full knowledge of those things will come with time. I have lived so many aspects of the Gospel and seen the fruits of that obedience in my own life, thereby giving me a testimony of its truth. Yes, at times I have heard someone speak who mentioned an instant where they were converted. I have not had such an experience. While I have prayed to know that the Book of Mormon is true, and received a witness that it is true at a certain time, my conversion has been an ongoing process. As I have grown and learned, I can look back at the experiences of my life and see how the Lord has shown me the truthfulness of the gospel. Am I converted? I say yes, though I will not be truly converted until I am perfect in Christ, which will not be in this life. I know that this is Christ's church on the Earth. God is our Heavenly Father, who wants us to return to live with him forever with our families. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of these days, the last days before the Second Coming of our lord, Jesus Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's mouthpiece on the Earth today. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and has changed my life. As you live the Gospel, you will feel the joy. as I have, of having the Holy Spirit of God with you to guide you in your life.

How I live my faith

Wow, to try and explain all this to you will be interesting! I have served in many capacities in the church and have helped out much. When it comes down to it though, the greatest work that I have done for my faith is to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Londrina, Brazil. I was down in Brazil for two years from 2009 to 2011 and they were the best years of my life thus far. I worked day-in to day-out thinking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how I could help others to come unto Him. Since then, I am still an active member of my church. I go around visiting others to strength their faith at least once a month, in addition to my calling in the church. I currently coordinate activities for the church building I attend, though I have also been in many leadership positions through which positions I was able to help others practice the gospel and see the blessings in their lives and in the lives of others. I also try to share the gospel with those around me. As is said in scripture, if we love Christ then we will feed his sheep. I have found great joy in sharing the gospel and have been able to see a lot more good in other's religions as I listen and speak with intent to uplift. When it comes down to it, my faith affects every part of my life.