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Hi I'm John

I was born and raised in the Southwestern United States. I am a fifth-generation Mormon.

About Me

I am one of nine children. I am a father to five daughters, twice divorced. I love to read and I love listening to music. Family is extremely important to me. In spite of life's sorrows and the exit ramps I may have taken throughout my mortal existence, I know that the Savior lives and that He loves me. I have seen many miraculous events unfold in my life, whether it happened to me or to someone I knew and loved. No one can tell me that God does not exist or that my faith is irrelevant. Love overrides a multitude of sins, and we must remember that Christ loves us, whether we deserve it or not. I heard it said (but I cannot remember who said it): "I am convinced that direction is initially more important than speed" (when speaking of striving for our eternal reward).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were both members and I have ancestors on both paternal and maternal sides that trace back to the first generation of Mormons. Even though I grew up Mormon, I have had to face criticism and tests that ultimately strengthened my faith. It isn't any easier just because you have been a Mormon all your life. Even though I am not attending church as much as I should, I have not lost my testimony. I love my heritage and I love the Church, and I can never be unfaithful to all that I have been blessed with knowing and learning and becoming because of being a member of this wonderful church.

How I live my faith

I take each day one at a time. Some things have taken me a lifetime to understand or to learn, and I wondered why there are so many others who seem to have more faith, more endurance, more understanding, more knowledge about the scriptures...but I realize that direction really IS more important than speed...because if the Lord only wanted the fastest runners in the race, I would have been disqualified long ago.