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Hi I'm John

I am an corporate attorney, rock-hound, fisherman, gardener, nature enthusiast, and part time professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town on a hobby farm just outside of Salt Lake City. My parents were both educators. I am the youngest of seven children. On a hobby farm I learned the value of hard work and being a good neighbor. With many siblings I learned the importance of being self-sufficient and how to get along (or how not getting along did not work out so well as the case sometimes was). I am married and have children of my own. My wife and children are the spice of life and a great source of enjoyment and love. I love family and enjoy having our family around. My parents instilled in me the importance of education. I graduated from BYU in political science, law school at Creighton and received a Master of Laws from Loyola University Chicago. I am an in-house attorney for a large international architectural and engineering design firm. I also am a part time professor. I love the outdoors. I love to hike, camp, fish, explore, snow/water ski, and rock hunt. I like to play basketball and watch sports, particularly BYU and the Utah Jazz. I have lived throughout the world. I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures and people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it makes me happy. I enjoy family! The Gospel teaches us that we can be sealed together forever. Being sealed together with family in eternity is a great blessing and joy. I am grateful for the commandments. The Gospel is a way of life that brings me great peace and a clear conscience. I like to treat others kindly and fairly and to be treated that same way. I am always amazed at how so many different races, cultures, and socioeconomic status blend into one common belief and unity. I love that we have a prophet on the earth today. What strength it gives me to know that just like Moses, Noah, or Peter (after Christ's death), we have a leader guided by God. We have a "watchman" on the tower to guide us through all of life's perils. I am grateful to have the priesthood restored to earth. Just as Christ used the priesthood to heal and bless the lives of others, I know He has given us the priesthood to serve and bless each other today. I am thankful for the scriptures. They strengthen me and guide me whether it is Job of the Old Testament, Christ's own teachings in the Gospel of John, Helaman teaching us to build our lives on the rock of our Redeemer in the Book of Mormon, or learning the worth of souls in the Doctrine and Covenants, the scriptures are a real support in my life. Finally, I am Mormon because it is where I can learn more about Christ, and how through repenting, His saving grace can bring peace and happiness to my life and the lives of those around me. I am so thankful to know that through his sacrifice, death and atonement, I can be resurrected and live with God again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following God's commandments and serving others. One thing I have loved about the Gospel and the Church, is that it is a Faith of action. We have many opportunities to know the Savior's teachings from the scriptures, and the Church provides me wonderful opportunities to put the knowledge to action by serving others. A couple of years ago, I was visiting my (then) 98 year old grandma. It was Sunday and although I wished I could attend Church with my friends and family, I felt that I needed to stay home and take care of my grandma. That is when the thought came into my head that pure religion was to visit the fatherless and widows. Although my grandmother was a bright and keen minded women, living the Gospel meant tending to her and making her feel loved and cared for. Another way I am able to live my faith is by serving as a home teacher (someone assigned to help and serve others). This has been a great experience because it has allowed me to make friends with all types of people, from different backgrounds, cultures, races, and socioeconomic status. I have been able to serve others who have been addicted to drugs, who have mental or physical disabilities, who have lost their job, or those just in need of a friend. This has allowed me to be grateful for what I have been given, and the blessings God has provided to others. I am glad to have had these opportunities because I may not normally be able to meet these people or become their friend. I am thankful for the opportunities the Church has provided in putting my faith to action and serving and making friends with all of God's children.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by exercising our hope that He is our Lord and Savior. We should learn of Jesus Christ by studying His teachings. We can know of Christ by reading and learning about Him, but more importantly we can learn of Christ by doing His will and keeping His commandments. We should exercise our faith by praying to God and watching Him work in the details of our lives. We can increase our faith by serving others, attending worship services, partaking of the Lord's Supper, repenting of our sins, leaving our past behind us, and feeling the Holy Ghost cleanse us of our sins, feeling forgiven for our misdeeds through the grace and atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons are Christians. We follow Christ's teachings. He is our Savior. I know that it is only through His grace that we can be saved. I am so grateful to know that Christ died for me and was resurrected. It brings me great peace to know I can be resurrected because Christ died for my sins was resurrected. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe in the Bible and all of the Lord's teachings. The Book of Mormon is a companionship scripture, confirming the teaching of our Redeemer, Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I believe God loves his children so much that he continues to provide guidance through modern day prophets. The heavens were not closed with Moses or Noah. God has provided us with a "Watchman" on the tower, who can teach us and warn of dangers. I know our current leader is a prophet because he directs us as the Good Shepherd would, by rescuing lost sheep, showing kindness to the downtrodden, and serving the least of our society. The prophet is a humble servant, inspired, and loving. Like other prophets, he strives to keep the commandments, calls us to repent when necessary, and tries to be like Jesus. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, we worship Jesus Christ, our Savior. We respect and revere Joseph Smith as he played a key role in restoring the Gospel here in our time. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. Joseph Smith helped us learn more about Christ and taught us how we can draw closer to Him. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is important because it brings us joy! Family is the training ground for us all. It is where we learn to love and serve each other. Family is where we can learn from our mistakes and still have someone who loves us. I have learned more about God and who I am by being a father and husband than by any other situation or teaching tool. I have learned how nurturing, kind and loving a mother can be. I have learned about pure joy, happiness, innocence, unwaivering faith, and forgiveness from my children. Family is where we can grow and strengthen one another. Family is essential to God's plan of happiness and success for His children. Family is where we learn to work hard and play hard. Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan. I am grateful for my family! Show more Show less