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Hi I'm John

I'm a mechanical engineer, a very happy husband and father, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've been a design engineer for almost 30 years now, but just went back to college for a Masters degree in mechanical engineering. It was quite a challenge to go back to school after over 25 years, and I gained an even greater perspective on the power of prayer (that was the only thing that got be through some of those exams!). I'm grateful for the education I was able to received that has allowed me to provide for my family so my wife could be home for the children. My wife and children are my greatest joy and motivation in my life. I also enjoy the many wonderful natural creations I believe our Heavenly Father has provided to inspire us.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I both grew up in other faiths before joining the Mormon church in our teens. My wife came from a Jewish background and I attended the Presbyterian church that my grandparents helped build. Although I had respect for our minister, I never felt very connected to the congregation, nor did I understand the concept of the Godhead that was taught there. It was not until I heard the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that was shared with my mother, sister, and me by the missionaries that I really began to understand my relationship with God. Instead of a nebulous figure, God truly became my loving Heavenly Father as I was taught my true relationship with Him. The Gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the New Testament made sense to me as I study it in reference to the Gospel of Jesus Christ contained in the Book of Mormon. The two accounts of the Gospel together helped to logically understand the plan of salvation, while at the same time, the Holy Ghost confirmed to by heart that teachings of the Mormon church were true. Shortly after joining the Church, I was given responsibilities that helped me to connect with others in the congregation and to really feel apart of the work of the Lord. Several of the friends I grew up with lives ended in tragedy, and I know that joining the Church saved me from possibly heading down a similar path. I will be eternally grateful that I found the true Church lead by the Savior himself, and that I can be a part of His work on the earth.

How I live my faith

I think the best way to live my faith is to consistently try to follow the Savior every day. There are small opportunities to serve others in a Christ-like way all around us. Sometimes it's just a kind word of encouragement, and some times it may be physical or financial assistance. Partnering with the Lord to help others makes my faith come alive and helps me to be a better follower of Christ. Because of my engineering background, I have the opportunity to serve the members of several Mormon congregations with technologies that allow messages from the church leadership to be viewed during meetings. I also have the opportunity to lead discussions on Sunday about gospel topics from modern prophets. It's really fun to teach and helps me to better understand the principles being discussed. I also have the opportunity to go the homes of several members of the congregation each month to share a message in their homes and see if their is any thing they may need help with. I have had so many great experiences helping others and building life-long friendships in this way. I love the way the Church gives me opportunities suited to my talents to help others and to grow in my discipleship.