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Hi I'm CJ

I was born in California, teach government, coached basketball & golf, love fishing & restoring cars. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a school teacher, married and raising two mixed heritage children (my wife is Japanese). I teach American Government and Economics to 12th graders. Politics intrigue me, but I have no interest in throwing my hat into the ring. My hobbies include trout fishing in the early spring (and just about any other time). I also enjoy restoring old cars to their former glory. This is especially true for American muscle cars from the 60's and early 70's. Athletics are a huge part of our family. I played baseball and basketball and coached basketball for many years. My wife was a swimmer, and my children both play water polo and swim. My son and I are also avid golfers.

Why I am a Mormon

While many "Mormons", like me, were raised in the LDS Church, all of us, at some point, had to find out for ourselves whether or not the LDS Church's teachings were true. From the Joseph Smith story, to the Book of Mormon, to the temples, to the latter-day prophets, each member must come to a decision for themselves whether or not this is for them. I distinctly remember certain experiences in my life that illustrated the divine plan and wonderful truth behind the Lord's teachings. I have come to understand, independently and of mine own knowledge, the beautiful plan of salvation taught by the Savior and restored to the earth through Joseph Smith. I love the gospel and strive my best daily to live worthy enough to return to His presence. My life revolves around it, and it defines who I am as a man. Will I stumble from time to time? Of course. But even that illustrates the beauty of God's plan, as through his Son, Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven, and find ourselves back on solid footing.

How I live my faith

I am the bishop in my ward. It is my responsibility to look out for the welfare of the people in my "ward" (congregation). I learn from each of them, am amazed at the kindness and sheer goodness of their hearts, and am fortunate enough to be allowed to be a big part of the members of our congregation's lives. Serving others brings out the best in people, and being a part of service projects is something I find rewarding and fulfilling.