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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Salt Lake City Utah, spent a couple years living in Montana and was 2-years in Tokyo Japan as a missionary.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife who plays the violin, and four wonderful kids who also play the violin. As for me I can play a few simple songs on the piano. I'm a mechanical engineer and have been apart of some fun product developments. I and my family love to snow ski, water ski, hike, fish, camp, and rock climb.

Why I am a Mormon

Every time I read Christ's words I am impressed by the wisdom and depth of what he said. I believe he is the Son of God. He brought about the resurrection of all people. He is the judge of all people. He is the one that makes it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven. I believe he seeks to communicate with all people who are looking for truth and that many religions contain truths and wonderful people. I also believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormon Church) Is the church organized and setup by Christ and that it is lead by a true prophet and true apostles just as in the days of Christ. The reason I believe this has many parts. 1. First, when I read the words of Christ in the New Testament his Holy Spirit testifies to my heart that thees words are true. I've never read a secular book that carries the same profound feelings as the words of Christ. 2. I've read the Book of Mormon which also contains the words of Christs and the testimony of many prophets about Christ. I've prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true and again that same feeling of truth comes in my heart. 3. I'm an engineer and I believe in practical results. I grew up in the church and the affect of the church was everywhere in my life. There was never a question that my mother and father loved each other and that our family was their first priority. There was never any question that they loved Christ. My parents, siblings and friends were never drunk, never did drugs, never smoked. My friends were always engaged in good projects and we pushed each other to do better. My friends' parents were as much my friends as their children were. My parents and other parents often lead youth groups on activities and I learned much from them. I can't deny the practical result. The only way to get that many people involved in doing so many good activities is to have the Spirit of God directing them.

How I live my faith

Living ones faith is an everyday event and its a group effort. I can't separate my activities from those of my family. We attend church on Sunday. I teach the adult gospel doctrine class. Its been my favorite calling. My wife leads singing in the children group class called primary. And my wife and kids play violin music numbers occasionally for various meetings. I carry the instruments. Monday nights we have a family meeting called family home evening which varies in activities. Sometimes we go over what the kids want to do in life. Sometimes its a spiritual lesson. We often read spiritual stories. We start the day with family prayer. My teenage son has suggested that each night for fifteen minutes we write in our journals. So I guess I better get busy.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I remember before the big financial crash, President Hinckley told us to be thrifty and get out of debt. So my wife and I did our best to do so, but no matter how we added the numbers up we couldn't pay the house off. We took the matter to the Lord and within a few months we were blessed with a way and were debt free. Soon the recession hit and I lost my Job. And guess what, It wasn't a big deal. We didn't have debt and we had reserve funds. There wasn't any stress, fear, or contention. When someone practices thrift, self-reliance, etc. many events that would normally be hardships aren't that big a deal. The second part is we have a responsibility to help others. However, it is difficult to help others if we are living on the edge. I've noticed since we started practicing self-reliance and thrift we have been able to substantially help others. This is something we weren't able to do before. Also, I've seen how the Lord has blessed us because of our efforts and I know this is what he wants us to do. I've also learned that self-reliance involves a lot of thinking and work. My wife, kids, and I have weekly meetings about how to have other sources of income, what career courses the kids are taking, what new skills we can learn, what supplies we are short on. My conclusion is practicing self-reliance, thrift, and emergency preparedness isn't a hardship but rather a blessing. It leads to a better life. Show more Show less