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Hi I'm John

I'm a mechanical engineer and I love to design and build things and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a mechanical engineer, father of 5 wonderful children, grandfather of 11 of the best grandchildren, and most of all, husband to a fantastic and talented woman, my eternal companion. I enjoy bringing ideas to life; taking things from concept to actual working or functional devices. I have a very curious mind and enjoy deductive logic, troubleshooting, and figuring things out. Yes, and you guessed right, I even like to put things together without reading the instructions. I like to look at nature and all the wonderful things in this world and wonder how it all came to be. Even with my very "mechanical" mind, I have no problem seeing the power of the Almighty God behind all things and look forward to the day when we might know of these mysteries. All things testify to me there is a God.......and yes I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 8 years old, but that is not why I am a Mormon now. I was born of goodly parents and taught to love God and his son Jesus Christ from day one. My parents taught and showed me right from wrong so it seemed natural to want to keep the commandments of God and be a good person. However, even with this wonderful upbringing, when I became of age to serve a mission, as is expected of all young men in our church, I needed to know for myself if it was all true. I had lived a very sheltered life inside the confines of a very loving and protective home. I read the Bible and Book of Mormon as a teenager, but didn't know how I could go preach the gospel to those I didn't know without knowing myself about its truthfulness. I accepted a call to go to Korea as a missionary still carrying those questions. After several months in the Land of the Morning Calm, I remember pondering all through the night one sleepless night, thinking about my doubts. While my 3 other companions in the room slept, I arose and spent a long time on my knees asking my Heavenly Father if what I was teaching was true. I remember a very calm feeling coming over me like a warm blanket with the strongest impression on my mind that was telling me "you know it is true, you have known it from your youth". Since that time, I have always treasured the inspiration and insight that comes quietly through the Holy Ghost to those who ask sincerely. My life has been full of such special moments.....ones that are hard to explain totally to others, but burn strongly in your soul. I know God lives and He sent His son Jesus Christ to redeem and save us if we would but believe and change our ways. I know He will answer all of His children, because He answered me.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate to serve in many areas of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from serving as a missionary in Korea to serving as a bishop in Tennessee. I've had the opportunity to work with the young men in the Church and community through the Boy Scouts of America. I am currently serving in a married student stake working with 8 different wards (congregations) in the same building and enjoying the opportunities to train future leaders and also learn from them. I was taught by example from my parents to be actively engaged in service in the church and community. My job has taken our family to many places around the country and we have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet people of many different faiths and to associate with them in both a work environment as well as in religious settings. One thing I have come to find out is that there are good people no matter where you go and I have come to love the people wherever we have lived.