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Hi I'm John

I'm from Utah. I'm the youngest of 7 siblings. I love to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've done a little bit of just about everything. I love being outdoors. Whether I'm camping, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, playing soccer, etc. I can't help but appreciate this amazing world. I also love music. I play piano, cello, and trumpet and will sing any chance I can get. I love to learn. This is probably why I've done a little bit of everything. Any new challenge or puzzle gets me excited! But above all those is my love for my family and this gospel, both of which have been my foundation which I can rely on when all else fails.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been an active member of this Church since I was baptized at eight years old. My childhood and my youth have been filled with the testimony of family lifting me up and showing me the way. No doubt I originally relied very heavily on the testimonies of those around me. But as I've had to face my own challenges and trials I have grown until my testimony has become strong enough to stand on its own. I can truly say that I know this church to be the only true church on the earth. That Christ restored this church through Joseph Smith and that He (Christ) still leads this church through Prophets and Apostles. I know that each of us in a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father who loves us and knows each of us personally. I know that Christ suffered in Gethsemane and on the cross so that we could return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that it testifies of Christ, and that it contains his teachings. I have received this knowledge in the same way that you can receive it. Please, read the Book of Mormon. Pray to our Heavenly Father to know if it is true. I promise that if you will do so sincerely, that you will receive a confirmation of its truthfulness. All that is good in my life, and all that I love most comes from the gospel. That is why I want to share it with others. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

During my membership in this church I've served as a youth leader for my peers, I've given Sunday school lessons, I've served members of my community as they've struggled through trial and sorrows, I've visited members in their homes in order to help them come closer to Christ. I strive to read my scriptures daily, pray often, and obey the counsel of scriptures and Prophets in every choice I make. I have just been called to serve in the Cambodia, Phnom Penh mission and I could not be more excited to serve the people of Cambodia and to share with them the message that has brought so much peace and joy to my own life.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

This is a question that I've been actively pondering as I've prepared to serve a mission. What makes sacrificing two years of your life (during which you pay your own way) away from family, friends, work, and school worth it? There has to be something, because why else would over 70,000 missionaries currently serving all find the sacrifice to be worth it. The answer is simple: we know that we have found the truth, we know that it brings happiness and hope in a chaotic world, and we have knowledge that brings purpose and direction to life. If we have found something that we each hold so dear and yet did not share it with those around us how selfish would that be? No, this is a truth and a hope that must be shared. Missionaries often serve in difficult situations, and face much rejection and hardship. But any sacrifice is worth helping one or two of our Heavenly Father's children return to him. Show more Show less