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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Long Beach, CA, was raised with five brothers and two sisters in a good Christian home, and am a 20-years Army vet.

About Me

By way of introduction, my name is John and I am a Mormon. I was drafted into the Army in 1969 which turned into a 20-year career for me. In the Army and in my post Army life my career focus was primarily in the arenas of Information Systems and Technology Management. Along the way I earned my Bachelor Degree in Business Management and also gained a few years of experience in the B2C and B2B sales worlds. The most important interests and "bragging rights" in my life are my wife of over four decades, four children, four children-in-law and 18 wonderful grandchildren,five of which are boys. We are blessed that all of our grandchildren are in good health and all are within a 2-day or less drive. Our two sons and their families live in southeast and southwest Idaho. Our two daughters live in Spokane, WA and Livermore, CA (Bay area). .

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself first generation Mormon although, as it were, our family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Unofficially also known as Mormon, Latter-day Saints and LDS) when I was only six-years old. I have vague memory flashes of listening to the two women missionaries teach our family about the the church. Why I have stayed a Mormon throughout my life in reality is based on my firm testimony that we are led by a living Prophet today just as much as Abraham, Moses, Noah or any other of the ancient Prophets were in biblical times. I know without a shadow of a doubt that after the Savior was crucified, the apostles were eventually killed off and the church along with the authority of the priesthood were taken from the earth for several centuries. Then in 1820, in answer to a humble young farm boy's prayer the process of restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ, as organized when Christ walked the earth, was began when a young man, Joseph Smith, was visited by two glorious personages, one introducing the other saying, "This is my beloved son, hear him." I was not there but the Holy Ghost has born witness to me over and over again that this is true. The priesthood authority and power have been restored and a prophet of God lives today, guiding the affairs of the Lord's church as did the prophets of old. We are blessed to have not only the bible as a testament of Christ, but also an additional testament of Christ from another ancient people who the Lord led out of Jerusalem through a prophet and brought to this land where he appeared to the inhabitants here in the Americas shortly after his resurrection. The Book of Mormon chronicles the Lord's dealings with this people (600BC-420AD and Tower of Babel and testifies of Christ throughout this book of scripture. I am so thankful for the Bible and also the Book of Mormon as a second witness of Jesus Christ. They complement each other and together bear witness that Jesus is the Christ.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon I am asked to help our congregational leader (Bishop) in his responsibilities as shepherd for the church members in his area of responsibility. To do this, I have the blessing of visiting several families each month, being their friend, sharing an uplifting message with them from the Prophet and/or scriptures, ensuring their needs are met when they are unable to do so themselves, keeping my congregational group leader apprised of my families' status each month who subsequently keeps the Bishop updated on any needs my families may have. Families I work with currently are all retired as am I. In the Mormon church this role for me is called Home Teaching. I find it a blessing to visit and get to know my families and I visit them at least monthly. In so doing, I have come to love and care for my congregational families. My home teaching families consist of a mix of active in church to some who are less active or do not attend church at all. Regardless of their activity level in the church, my role is the same. I take comfort in knowing that as I serve my families I know I am helping my Bishop and even the Prophet know that the Lord's sheep are being fed and cared for.