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Hi I'm John Bemis

I joined the Church in 1963 when I looking for answers that my church at home didn't have.

About Me

I retired from Ship Repair 1 1/2 years ago. I did structural repair to commercial and military ships and barges. I have a hedge 150 feet long that is sculptured (Topiary) as a train: steam engine, coal car, tank and box cars, and a caboose, and it is good exercise. I also referee basketball. My wife and I have seven children, and mostly we have followed their activities, but we are now about to serve as member-missionaries. I enjoy building and have remodeled our house several times, building cabinets, doing wiring, sheetrock, and residing the exterior. Painting can't be left out! I built our wood burning stove and installed it in 1980 and it still works well. We had a daughter die from Trisomy 18 and know the pain and grief from losing a child, but also the comfort of knowing she will be ours in the hereafter when we cross that barrier. We could feel angels in our home when she was with us, and know that God gave to us and then retrieved His daughter. There is comfort knowing the Plan of Happiness that the Church teaches.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church while serving in the U.S. Army. I had read a book about the Mormons moving West in the 8th grade, listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir occasionally, but never met a Mormon until I was a Sophomore in high school, and that wasn't close to my home. While in military training, I was praying very hard for help with the course work, wrote the person I met in high school, and two missionaries came and taught me lessons which answered many questions I never could get answers to in the church I attended as a youth. The people I met were very sincere and genuine, concerned to help me learn all I could, and The Book of Mormon was a key. I read it and prayed about it, and before finishing it, knew that it was true. I knew that it was the word of God given in the Americas. I could feel God answer my prayers.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings during my 51 years as a member that have helped me grow. I have been in charge of the local church meetinghouse, organized weekly cleaning teams for all members, and special projects for youth to help gain appreciation for the Chapel. I also taught classes, audited financial records, served as Cub master for 8 years and Scoutmaster for two years. Our local unit has participated in many community projects: painting our city hall, library, and police department. We have cleaned trails and participated in local fundraisers to support worthy local and national causes like RELAY FOR LIFE, which is cancer awareness. Service is a method of doing what Christ would have us do: When we are in the service of our fellowman, we are only in the service of our God. We help each other when it is needed, such as when moving into or out of our homes, meals to those when illness or new babies make life difficult.