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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Seattle. I married, raised a family with my wife, became a college librarian and now am retired.

About Me

I started my college career in math and science but found my way to librarianship in a college library and have loved my job. My wife and I have raised 2 sons and 2 daughters and found that to be hard but rewarding work. They are doing fine with their families and we have 10 grandchildren. My main hobby is genealogy. My dad was born in Norway and my mom was half Norwegian and half Danish. I spend a lot of time on the Norwegian National Archives website and have become somewhat adept at doing genealogy which goes along with being a librarian. I took 2 years off from college and went on a mission for my church to Brazil. I loved my mission and although I went to help others it also changed my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was born into the Mormon Church but my father only joined when he was 48, about the time I was born. My father was an engineer on Merchant ships on the Pacific coast and then Ferry boats at Seattle. I grew up going to the Mormon Church although there were very few of us in my neighborhood in Seattle. My belief in the Mormon Church really began to grow when I went on my mission and when I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to find out if it was really true. I did get an answer from God to my prayers about the Book of Mormon and over the years my testimony has continued to grow.

How I live my faith

I go to my local congregation weekly to learn more about my religion and to participate in the local ward organization. I have participated in a variety of responsibilities over the years including keeping financial and statistical records for the local ward, helping out in the sponsored Boy Scout troop, helping to keep the local building clean, teaching lessons, and helping with genealogical questions of both members and non-members.