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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, and all-around family man.

About Me

I was an active boy. As a young man, I played sports. I played High School Football. I was a linebacker. I wrestled in High School and in College. I wrestled for the University of Utah on scholarship, and lettered in wrestling. I went to the Olympic trials in 1976, but I didn't make the team. I graduated from the U of U with a BA in History, with the intent to go to Law School. My LSAT scores were pretty good, but I was getting married, and my wife really didn't want to be married to a Lawyer, so I went into the family plumbing business. A few years later I struck out on my own, and became a plumbing contractor. For 25 years I owned and ran my own Plumbing Contracting business. I also built commercial buildings to keep my employees busy in the slower seasons. I sold my business, and have continued to do General Contracting and development, and I currently own and manage several commercial office-warehouse, and some small retail centers. I love music. I played in a folk/bluegrass band for date money in college. I don't have an opportunity to play the guitar much these days, but I enjoy listening to good bands. I like many of the current popular bands of the day like Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, and that genre. I grew up playing James Taylor, John Denver, Billy Joel, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and (Young). However, my best days are time spent with my wife and family, so I kind of gave up the performing side of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, not because my parents were Mormons, but because I have grown to love God, and Christ's Church through scripture study, and many spiritual experiences, and tender mercies of the Lord. I couldn't leave my family for three years to go to a foreign land if I didn't believe that this Church was Christ's Church. I love the people in my congregational area, and I love serving with them. This Church has given me much more than I have put into it. I have been blessed beyond my dreams. We have great children who have all grown up in the Church, and have strong testimonies. We continue to honor God, as it says in Samuel, "He who honors me, him I shall honor". And we have felt the blessings of the Lord in our lives. I know that God lives. I know that He knows each of us, and we are his children. I know that this Gospel was restored to this earth by the gift and power of God. We have a current prophet on this earth. His name is Thomas S. Monson. I have met him personally, and know that he is a prophet of God. I would know this even if I hadn't met him, but knowing his goodness, and strength personally gives me an extra measure of faith. I am grateful to be serving this upcoming mission to Micronesia/Guam, with my wife and companion. I hope that through my simple testimony, that you too can come to the knowledge of the truthfulness of this gospel. I write these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I grew up a Mormon. My parents were both Mormon. My father was a less-active Mormon. My mother came from an active Mormon family. We were raised to believe. My father became active while during the first few years of Marriage. I have served in many church capacities. I have been a Sunday School teacher for children, a scout leader, and a young single adult leader as well. I have served in leadership roles in the church as well. I also served as a Bishop. This was a very wonderful experience for me, as a Bishop is a leader over a congregation of members. I wasn't trained to be a bishop, with the exception of my life's experiences. This is a unpaid ministry which takes many hours a week to perform. It was an honor to serve the members of my local congregation for the period that I served. I served many years as a Seminary (scripture study) substitute for Jr. High, and High School youth. I also taught Institute (College age) students about the gospel as well. I served in Japan as a missionary. I still speak Japanese, and I am learning Spanish. I can be conversational in Spanish now. I learned Spanish because I thought we were going to serve an inner-city Spanish speaking mission some day. Currently, I am going to serve as a Mission President in the Micronesia/Guam Mission. My wife and I will take a three-year break from our regular lives, and move to Guam to preside over an area of approximately 1.5 million miles of ocean and islands. (roughly the size of the United States in area, but probably the size of Manhattan in land mass:)) We look forward to this opportunity with some trepidation. But realize that it is something that the Lord has called us to do, and so we have answered the call. We hope to grow to love the missionaries and the Islanders with whom we will come in contact.