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Hi I'm John Sobkowicz

I'm a Canadian, a father, a husband and a geological engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and have been for many years. I love my 5 children who are now all adults. I like talking to and spending time with them and their children. I love the outdoors, particularly hiking up mountains and in the back country. Bird watching is a recently acquired hobby that has surprisingly turned out to be a lot of fun. I can spend hours in front of my computer working on engineering problems. Photography is a favourite hobby and I enjoy the challenge of capturing an exciting photo. I have recently learned to appreciate the minimalistic approach of using an iPhone camera.

Why I am a Mormon

A friend introduced me to the church and the gospel when I was 14 years old. As he told me about Joseph Smith's vision of God and Jesus Christ, my heart burned within me. That was the first time I experienced the Holy Ghost's influence. I read the Book of Mormon and attended Sunday School classes for years. I inquired about other religions and philosophies, looking to understand my purpose in life. While attending university, I studied geology and engineering. Always, I was looking to integrate everything that I had learned into a complete and whole view of life. Under the tutelage of the Holy Ghost, my spiritual understanding matured. Many friends helped and encouraged me in this journey, including the person who is now my wife. A compelling testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ gradually emerged and I was baptized a member of the church. That was just the beginning!

How I live my faith

Along with my wife and other family members, I attend church each week to renew my commitments with God. I love to sit in the chapel and contemplate my Saviour and his life. Attending Sunday School and other classes strengthens my understanding of my relationship with God. Studying the scriptures, I hear the voices of prophets and feel their deep connection to the Spirit. Their messages speak to our times and to the circumstances of our lives. Praying helps me to feel God's spirit and to understand how I should live. For some reason, the Lord has always called me to work with the youth of the church. I served as a Scouter for many years. The young men were energetic, intense, creative, and always a challenge. More than anything, though, they were a lot of fun. I enjoyed being with them and with other adult leaders. I could see their bodies and spirits grow as they hiked, biked, camped and met the challenges of the Scouting program. I also love family history and genealogy work. My ancestry is a mix of English, Irish, Spanish, Polish and Ukrainian, and maybe more! I have followed my mother's ancestors in distance to the UK and in time to the early 1600s. My father's family have been more of a challenge due to language differences and poor records. I feel a keen desire to have the gospel ordinances completed for each family member. My wife, children and I attend the LDS temples to do this work.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

John Sobkowicz
My mother died when I was 4; my father only a few years ago. They believed in God but were only mildly religious. They both now reside in the Spirit world, where together they are studying and learning about the gospel and their Saviour. With time, their knowledge will progress and they will be in a position to make covenants with Heavenly Father and accept ordinance work done for them here on earth. In doing so, they can form an eternal family unit which binds them and potentially all their progenitors and ancestors together. I look forward to seeing them and enjoying their company again, in a way that was never possible here on earth. This enjoyment of life in the eternities with God, with my parents, with my own wife and children, and with all my extended family is what eternal life means to me. Show more Show less