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Hi I'm John Swapp

I'm an adamant Rugby player. I'm serving my mission in the Tijuana, Mexico mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the first of five boys, and live in a crazy home. I'm an adrenaline junkie, with a happy-go-lucky and competitive personality, which sometimes isn't a good combination. I love to play Rugby, the best sport known to man, and have learned a lot from the sport. I've played on many select-side and highly competitive teams. With my school teams we've won a state championship and battled for a runner-up my junior year. I've never played a game on a Sunday, which has helped me within the sport incredibly, I account my skill and ability for the game to that fact. I love to work with my hands. I absolutely love the Ocean and dream of living next to one. I love to study the Ocean and everything that deals with me going into the Ocean. My Dad serves in the military and as such our "home" hasn't been in a definitive place, but has been found in the experiences that we have shared with family and friends. I've in places ranging from the paradise of Hawai'i to the flat boringness of Kansas. I've also lived in Utah, Germany, Colorado, Arkansas and my most recent move to Virginia. I moved here to Virginia in the beginning of my Senior year, which is not something that I wanted to do but has helped me immensely with my growth in the faith. I was recently called to serve my mission in the Tijuana, Mexico and leave soon to go forth and serve. It has always been my dream to serve out of the country, and with Tijuana, Mexico I got my wish being 4 miles away from the border!

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon...this question has troubled me deeply for most of my childhood. Am I a Mormon because I was born into it, and my parents want me to, or is it because I truly believe. I received my answer, or conformation more rather, recently during the last general conference. After the conference was over I realized that all of the things that the prophets had prophesied and preached were true. I received confirmation that the testimony that I had since I was a little one was a true testimony and that the things that I had learned were correct. I already knew, but now I know without a shadow of a doubt that Christ is our Savior, the book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore Christs church again on this Earth. God loves each and everyone of us, and we are his sons and daughters. God is always there "just one prayer away." I love him, and I strive to follow his example and become more like him, allowing his Grace to change me into the man he sees me to become.

How I live my faith

I am a ward missionary in my church. My calling is designated member missionary's pretty much. I am in charge of making sure and helping the ward to accomplish their missionary goals and helping the investigators know that they are welcomed and loved. I live my faith through what I call "making God my language." What I mean by that is not just being a Sunday Mormon. I try to make every thought I think, every word I speak, and every deed I perform worthy to have the Spirit of God. Also it means to not refrain from stating the truthfulness of God and his gospel whenever the opportunity arises. We live in a world where to express your beliefs is shunned and thought of as abrasive to others. But making God your language allows you to always be abound in good works and always expressing your beliefs through action and word. I look for opportunities to show my faith through word and/or action.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

John Swapp
A scripture that is used a lot in our church is in the Book of Mormon and it states: "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ya are only in the service of your God" (Reference Mosiah 2:17). We make it a point to serve all of Gods children, and find joy in doing so. Our donations go throughout the world to people of all backgrounds and creeds. We are nonexclusive to those we serve, for we all need service and God serves all of His children. Show more Show less