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Hi I'm John

I am a retired cardiologist. We have seven children, and we will soon be serving a mission as medical advisers.

About Me

I grew up on a sheep ranch, the oldest of nine children. We all worked synergistically and loved the work and each other. I learned the value and rewards of hard work and service from my parents. Medicine seemed to be a perfect fit for a vocation. I graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and finished a Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Colorado. I have practiced invasive and noninvasive Cardiology for 38 years, and it has been a little bit of heaven. I have a beautiful, supportive wife and seven children and 25 grandchildren whom I love dearly. I am an avid outdoors man. I love to hunt, fish ski, snowmobile, hike and work on the ranch. It is the best when I have family engaged in these activities with me.

Why I am a Mormon

Herding sheep in the summers gave me time to read as I watched the grazing sheep. I started with western novels, and when I had finished all I had available, I started reading the Book of Mormon. I realized that there was something special about the book. I felt the power of its words as I read it, just like the Bible. I read Moroni's promise found in Moroni 10:3-5, and put it to the test. I had a calm reassurance that it was the word of God and that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored God's church. I have a firm testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ. He is our Savior, and we must heed his invitation to "come unto Him" and to "follow Him". I am a Mormon because it helps me practice the essence of Christianity. There is not a paid ministry. We teach and take care of each other. The Church gives me opportunities to serve and be served. I receive personal satisfaction and feel a sense of well being because of this structure. This is the core of Christian living. Because of their organization, Mormons can respond to the needs of others quickly and successfully. The Church is usually the first to respond to any emergency whether it be in the backyard or in a foreign land. The over-arching reason for my membership in the Mormon Church is my testimony that it is God's Church. My testimony has come through study, prayer, trying to live His commandments and a confirming witness through His Spirit.

How I live my faith

I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission and learned the rewards of service and sacrifice beyond what I learned as a youth. During my mission I studied the scriptures diligently and was impressed by the story of the woman with the alabaster box of ointment. Each of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) detail her experience with the Savior. She served the Savior by washing His feet with her tears and anointing Him with the precious ointment. She felt his "pure love" and His forgiveness in doing so. This impressed me to the very core. It led me to make a statement to live by: People are basically good, and they are everything!!! It helped me pick a profession and has been a path to walk ever since. I have been able to serve people in my practice. I have served as a leader in my church with the youth and presided over a congregation. I have worked with the Boy Scouts of America and youth athletics. We have served the homeless and others in our community. We served in developing countries by teaching cardiology invasive practices and cardiac life support. We have made it our mantra as we serve others to leave each in a better circumstance than we first found him.