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Hi I'm John

I am a father, husband, and water skier. I lived as a child in Samoa. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man. I have three great sons, a beautiful daughter, and very soon a wonderful daughter-in-law. My wife and I love the challenges and joys of being parents. Our youngest son has special needs and has taught us so much about patience, love, and living life for the simple joys. We have loved building memories as a family. We love spending time at the lake together or cheering for each other on the soccer field. Some of our greatest joys have come as we see our children learning to support and help each other as well as learning to give selfless service to those in need. We live a pretty normal life in many ways. We work. The kids to to school. We experience stress over finances and cars breaking down and days where things just don't go as planned. But we also recognize how our faith blesses every aspect of our lives and gives us courage and confidence in the face of whatever trials come our way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So this church and this gospel have always been a part of who I am. But because I have seen God's hand working in my own life, because I have felt his spirit undeniably speaking to my heart, I have gained a witness for myself that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that he has a plan for me and my family, that he has restored his priesthood power on the earth today, and that just as he did in ancient times, he has called prophets to lead us back to him. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have found the truths that resonate through all time. This is the gospel that speaks to people of all nations. This is the gospel that declares that all people on the earth are children of a Heavenly Father. This gospel compels us to send missionaries to every corner of the globe to declare the "good news" and invite all to come unto Christ.

How I live my faith

In our church, all clergy are volunteers. We work regular jobs and make time to serve one another in our free time. I have had the privilege of serving as a bishop twice. A bishop leads a congregation of about 400 members. Together with my counselors, we plan our weekly meetings, we interview all of the youth and help them make good choices in their live, and we work with other volunteer leaders to support and help all of the families in our ward. I have to admit that in many ways, being a bishop does not come naturally to me. I am basically a boring homebody who would rather spend a quiet evening at home than anything else. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that if we only seek to find our own life, we will lose it. As we turn outward, as we see the needs of others and step forward to help in times of need, we truly find ourselves. That is at the heart of what Jesus tried to teach when he was here on earth. "By *this* shall men know if ye are my disciples," Jesus said, "if you have love one to another." I am so indebted to my Heavenly Father and to my Savior for the callings that I've had that have helped me rise above my natural selfishness and learn the pure joy of serving others. It hasn't been easy. It has required countless hours of time. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. For I believe completely, that this is the way that God has provided for us to learn to be more like him. As we love our brothers and sisters, as we are there for them in their time of trial, we feel God working in our hearts.