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Hi I'm Johnny

I'm from New Jersey and I'm headed to Rio de Janeiro.

About Me

I am an undergrad at Brigham Young University and plan to apply for the Marriott School of Business after another year of core classes. But for now, I am headed on a mission to first Gilbert, AZ (as I wait for my visa) and then Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Interestingly enough, this creates a sort of trilogy in my family of missionary work in Brazil, including the work of my father and older brother. I love to fiddle on the guitar and piano, play pickup games of basketball and ultimate frisbee, chat to 5 AM, and keep on the pulse of current events and political debate arguments. I have four siblings; one is currently on a mission in Recife, Brazil, and the other three live with my parents back in Jersey, still growing up way too fast. I love my family and couldn't imagine life nor eternity without them.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this gospel. It has brought me so many blessings and has played such a large role in molding me into the person I am today. I know that without this gospel, I would be a lost and desensitized guy. The standards of the church are guides that I use to seek a better life and they have opened opportunities to me that would otherwise have been closed to me. The gospel is something that I have considered long and hard over many hours. Being quite a logically focused and reasoned person, putting complete faith into something like the Church or someone as seemingly abstract as Jesus Christ has been difficult for me. Through all this, I have found truth in the doctrine of the Church. I combine reason and faith together in my belief in the universal truth of this restored gospel. In a world where absolutely nothing is concretely factual, the fruits of the gospel and the personal spiritual experiences I have had create a rock that I can soundly build my testimony upon without fear of it crumbling. I was born into the church, but my testimony has gone through many a stony way. I've made my fair share of mistakes, and I have had real moments of doubt. But through Christ and his Atonement, I have been made whole again and my relationship with him has been restored. He has brought me out of my stony griefs unto unbelievably grand vistas. I am nowhere near the person I want to be right now, but I have hope that through Him, I may someday.

How I live my faith

I haven't had many callings, but most recently, I fulfilled an assignment to teach a lesson every other week to one of the Sunday School classes in my ward. It was quite a challenge to come up with lesson material that would keep my fellow college students engaged for 45 minutes, but I feel like each lesson went reasonably well. I learned so much more from my preparations than I could ever cover in the set time frame, and I now look back at the time that each night of preparation took as valuable study time. My mother is the early morning seminary teacher for our ward in New Jersey and she prepares for lessons every weekday morning for high school age kids. I respect and am constantly awed at all the work she puts in, knowing how much effort it takes for me to prepare just one lesson every other week. Teaching is a beautiful art and I hope to improve my hand at it over the years as I learn more and more about this great gospel, especially over these next two years on my mission.