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Hi I'm John

Oregon Native, born and raised. Future Doctor; world-traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time college student preparing to become a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm the youngest of two children. Having an older brother like mine is pretty awesome. It's kinda sad to say but my hobbies and interests pretty much center around school. I love to learn and enjoy reading and other academic things, so I guess it fits! Living in the Pacific Northwest I feel like I'm obligated to say that I love everything outdoors. It's not too bad of an obligation, if I say so myself!

Why I am a Mormon

One day, a beautiful and kind friend of mine had the courage to invite me to church. Growing up I never really knew what having a home filled with love felt like, let alone knew what it took to build it. When I spent time with my friend, I noticed how tangible the love was that her family so freely possessed. No one yelled at anyone, or talked mean about anyone else or swore or insulted one another. This seemed all so different from how I was raised. I accepted an invitation to church after noticing the love that was present in my friend's home and noticed that, at church, it was exactly the same. Love abounded, in the faces of the members and the kind acts of service that were so sweet and heartfelt. Later that same day, I attended a youth fireside on reverence and learned about who God actually is; not some omnipotent cloud of nebulous power, like I had initially thought. My friend sat at the piano and started playing a hymn. The song was slow and sort of melancholy, I thought. Having voiced as much, my kind friend said, "No, its a song about Love." She proceeded to sing the hymn, "Love at Home," and in an instant, I knew that I wanted to rear a family in love and righteousness within the Church and I wanted to know more and be able to share this love and joy I had only begun to feel with others. It took some time and effort, but eventually I took the missionary discussions and was able to be baptized on my eighteenth birthday. My parents both harbored negative feelings toward the church and that was a large struggle for me, because I knew that the gospel was true and I wanted so much to be a part of it, but I also wanted to obey my parents, like the commandments say. So I was baptized on the day I was considered an, "adult." I have never regretted my decision to join the Church and am so grateful for the love and joy that I can experience every day because of the light that Christ and the Gospel bring into my life. I'm blessed to be a full-time missionary!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in the Church. It brings so much joy to my heart to live my life after the manner of Christ and diligently serve and minister in the Church, to the best of my ability. I've held some leadership callings and sat on committees for event planning and other similar activities. I've spent time helping the full-time missionaries teach and it has been really rewarding. I have always loved serving others and hope to make that a full-time profession, when I am done with school. Serving is just so altruistic and beneficial to people on both ends of the situation. Charity, is really what makes my world go 'round.