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Hi I'm John Chamberlain

I'm a teacher. I'm a runner. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am an elementary school teacher and also a faculty member at a local university. I live on the sunny central coast of California where my wife and I have raised our family. Some things I do regularly when not teaching, are heading out for a great run, playing guitar, and directing choirs for my church. I am a fair gardner and love going to nurseries looking for interesting vegetables, plants and trees. I am also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 I had a friend in high school who was a Latter-Day Saint. We didn't start off talking about religion but I noticed how he seemed different than many of my other friends. He was outgoing and happy and I knew he cared about me. We were both musical so we spent time playing in bands together. He would talk often about his religion in a positive light and I listened patiently but had my doubts because I was raised in a non-religious family. I thought religion was for weak people and I didn't see myself as needing it. He invited me home and I felt love from his family. They welcomed me as one of their own children. After about a year of resisting listening about any religion I began listening to the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I felt good as I was taught the truths of the gospel but it wasn't until I read the Book of Mormon that my conversion came. When I read it and prayed about it's message I felt a feeling I had never felt before. It was a quiet sensation of warmth in my heart and a feeling of peace. It touched me deeply and I felt I had received an answer. For the first time in my life I had asked God a question and gotten a real answer. I was baptised at age eighteen. Life has had it ups and downs since then but I continue to exercise faith in my Savior Jesus Christ as I did when I was baptised. In a deep way I understand now why my friend was so different. He had the spirit of God with him and showed me love.

How I live my faith

I am a very busy person in and out of the church. Maybe I'm just a typical type "A" personality. Being a Latter-day Saint, though, has given me opportunities to grow in so many ways. I have taught the youth in primary and Sunday school. Over the years I have worked with the scouts and young men ages 12 to 18 camping, hiking, studying the gospel and serving the community. I use my musical talents to serve others and worship The Lord. I am grateful for all these things because I need to forget myself more and remember to bless others' lives as I have been blessed. Following the example of Jesus Christ is what all members of the church strive for. I see myself as a regular guy who has been blessed with a wonderful church that allows me to serve and grow as a husband and father.

What is being a Mormon like?

John Chamberlain
Being Mormon is living in a way of that brings many opportunities to grow. It is not a static way of life. Our families are where much of work we do is done. In our homes we gather our families for prayer and studying scriptures. We spend time with our families in fun service activities. We go to church on Sunday. There are callings suited to ones interests and talents. We give talks in church, teach classes, and study and learn together. It is a busy but a fun life. We pride ourselves in "living" our religion. We are a helpful, friendly and purposeful people. Yet we are so normal. We have every problem known to mankind. We are not immune to pride or vanity or dishonesty. We try to overcome these temptations through faith in Jesus Christ and sincere repentance. Show more Show less