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Hi I'm John

I grew up in the state of Washington. I am engineering student with a wonderful wife whom I love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the country about 15 minutes from a small town surrounded by farms, but we were not farmers. My dad worked as a machinist in a factory setting. We liked having a little land and free space. My mom also liked having a large garden including a half acre of pumpkins. Now that I am older, I have to admit that the garden did a great job of teaching us how to work hard. I have always loved sports, particularly football and wrestling. Now I am a Mechanical Engineering student and I enjoy my classes, though the homework is often a little intense. I will be graduating very soon, but it has taken me a long time to get here. I failed a few classes and transferred schools, so I took the long route. I got married a little over a year ago to a wonderful woman who makes me very happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon. My parents always went to church regularly and most of my friends throughout my life have been Mormons also. That however, is not why I am a Mormon. At a young age I wanted to know for myself if what I had been taught was true. My parents and my teachers at church had taught me how to pray. One night when I was about 9 years old, I decided to put it to the test and ask God if he was really there. I immediately felt something wonderful that is hard to explain. I knew not only that God was there, but that he loved me immensely. It was a feeling that I had never experienced before and only a few times that strongly since. That experience has been one of the strongest in my life even though I was so young when it happened. It helped me as I grew up and had my doubts about God from time to time, to know that it he was real and that he wants and knows the best for me. Since then I have had many experiences that have kept me going to church regularly even if no one would know if I didn't go. I have mentioned why I believe in God, but the reason that I stick with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is just as important. The main reason is the Book of Mormon. I do my best to read it regularly. At first I did this because it is what I was taught to do. As I read it I found that it helps me be a better person. The teachings in that book have helped me live a better, more joyful life. One of my favorite verses defines charity as the pure love of Christ and it says that if we have charity, the day of Judgement will be a good day for us (Moroni 7:47). The Book of Mormon has blessed my life, but I know it is true because I have prayed long and hard to know if it is true and God answered my prayer with a similar feeling as I had when I asked if He existed. This answer came much slower and took a lot more work on my part, but it did come. I would encourage anyone reading this to do the same thing, ask in prayer to know for yourself.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be a good husband. A huge part of our faith is making sure that our family life is a priority. If I did a great job at church and neglected my family, it would do me very little good and I would not have the guidance I need from God in my life. My current assignment in my local congregation is to be a ward missionary. This means that I encourage the members of my local congregation to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around them. We live in an area where there is very little chance to talk to people who are not already members, so our focus as ward missionaries is to share the gospel with our friends on social media that we met in other walks of our lives. I love doing this because it encourages me to share this wonderful part of my life with my friends and encourage other members of the church to do the same. Sharing the Gospel with others brings us great joy because we are able to be a part of bringing that same joy to our friends. Another part of living my faith is in what we call home teaching. Every male member of the ward is assigned a companion and some member families to visit ever month. In that visit we share a gospel message and ask if there is anything we can do to help them. If a member needs help with anything, the home teachers are a resource for them. I enjoy home teaching because it is a chance for me to serve those around me.