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Hi I'm John

I am a Japanese American born in the U.S. and adopted at 3 yrs. old. I retired as an oral/maxillofacial surgeon. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This required undergraduate university studies, 4 yrs. of dental school, and a residency in oral surgery. I have been a lifetime lover of sports as a participant and as a fan(football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, volleyball). I am also an avid supporter of the performing and visual arts. I played the trumpet for approx. 10 yrs. and currently sing in a community choir that has performed throughout the world(U.S., Czech Republic, Armenia, Mexico,Scotland, England, Ireland, China). However, the most important part of my life revolves around my family and church. I have a truly wonderful wife of 45 yrs. and 6 outstanding children as well as 20 grandchildren, all of whom bring me the greatest joy I have experienced in this life. All of the above has been made possible because of the direct blessings I have received through the teachings and blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion to the church came as a direct result of my search for spiritual truth. This search started very early in my life. As an adopted orphan boy at the age of three, my life was filled with many questions. My parents were Japanese who had grown up in Japan under the influence of Buddhism but the teachings of Buddha were a bit mysterious to me with no answers to the questions I had regarding the existence and nature of God. From my very early days I had an intuitive belief in the existence of God and in my mind's eye, I pictured Him in the form of man, possessing infinite knowledge, power, and love for all His children. However, I did not feel confident in my limited ability and understanding of such spiritual and sacred things to be able to choose a church regarded as truly His church. I had decided that this decision would have to wait till adulthood. The opportunity came during my junior year in high school. Two close friends invited me to a meeting to introduce me to the teachings of the Mormon church. The meeting did not go very well as there were distractions that got the discussion off topic. At the end of the meeting, my friends were very disappointed and thought that I would not be interested in learning more. To their surprise, I excitedly told them that I indeed would like to pursue this. I was touched by the spirit of the Holy Ghost in a very profound, undeniable way that testified to my mind, heart, and spirit that what I was hearing was true! As I continued my study of the church, I came to know without a doubt that God's only and true church had been restored to the earth through a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith, along with the priesthood authority to do so. I testify to one and all that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that He presides over His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I invite you to learn for yourself that this is indeed true. Please seek out missionaries from our church today.

How I live my faith

Since my conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been very active in learning more about my faith and belief in my Savior, Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven. I have done this through systematic personal study of the scriptures and doctrines of the church, church attendance, and through service in the church and community. The church provides many meaningful opportunities to serve in various capacities from teaching to mentoring to leadership to compassionate service and missionary service. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve in each of these areas over the years and this has helped me to more fully understand the true meaning and purpose of this life and the life in the hereafter. Selfless service has been instrumental in helping me overcome my own selfish wants and desires as I have come to understand that only by losing oneself in giving to others can one truly understand who he truly is, a son of the living God. Therefore, living by the tenets and principles of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ makes living my religion a very natural and spiritually comfortable exercise. It is hard for me to imagine living by any other principles offered by mere man. I rejoice daily as I anticipate further opportunities to learn and grow and progress in God's Kingdom.