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Hi I'm John

I grew up in California. I am an Air Force physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Air Force flight surgeon. My family and I have traveled and lived in many places around the world. The fellowship of church members and the principles taught in the church as been our constant in a life of changing landscape. My greatest desire is to be an effective husband, father and family member. In my roles as both a military and medical professional I have been blessed to meet and work with dedicated and service oriented people of many faiths. As I have traveled and lived around the world I am impressed by the goodness of people and common desire of all to create a bright future for our children. I am so glad we are children of a Heavenly Father who loves us and guides us to help us find our way home to him.

Why I am a Mormon

My family are members of the church and ancestors on both my mother's and father's side knew the prophet Joseph Smith. However, this is not why I am a practicing Mormon. The real reason is the love I feel for my heavenly father and desire I have to teach my children who they are and how to be happy. My testimony of Christ's grace for us makes it possible for me to pick myself up and try harder when I make a mistake and the basis for forgiveness in our family. I love having the confidence as a father that I am teaching truth to my children and as a professional that I have the Lord's help in my daily work. As a family we understand that our ties extend beyond this life and our core work as parents is to create a family that will be together forever. We still feel the love from family members who have passed from mortality and gain strength knowing that we will be with them again someday.

How I live my faith

At its core the gospel of Jesus Christ is to love and serve each other. Because our congregations do not have paid ministers the Church of Jesus Christ has provided many opportunities to serve. My wife and I visit members of our congregation monthly to check on them and encourage them in their daily lives and we enjoy the same visits to our family. We have both served missions for the church in Venezuela and Taiwan. We have been blessed with opportunities to worked extensively with the youth. In fact, as a scoutmaster I have been able to share wonderful experiences with my sons backpacking and enjoying the outdoors. We love the youth and are currently responsible for helping youth prepare to serve as missionaries for two years. We have a son who is on a mission now and others who served in Bulgaria and Argentina. Missionary work is about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those seeking a path to happiness. It is the way we obey the commandment given by Jesus to his disciples in the last two verses of Matthew.