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Hi I'm John

I grew up in a very happy yours, mine, and ours family in Utah. My wife and I are high school sweethearts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was killed in a plane crash 6 months before I was born. I came into the world to a wonderful Mother who is my hero. At the time of my dad's death, I had two older brothers. My mom remarried when I was 3 1/2. Me and my 2 older brothers were adopted by a wonderful Dad who raised us as his own sons. His first wife had passed away and he had a little daughter who needed a Mother. Together, they had a boy and a little girl, thus I have 5 other siblings. We had no half brothers/half sisters or step siblings...we were just one family with six kids growing up together under one roof. I enjoy golfing, swimming, skiing, and traveling anywhere there is a beach and ocean. I love to snorkel and scuba. I also dabble in drawing & painting pictures with water colors. I married my high school sweetheart while attending college and now have four children and 16 grandchildren. The majority of my career was spent in banking and finance. While I enjoyed traveling during my career, my happiest times occurred when I could remain at home with my wife and children. I recently retired and the day after retiring, my wife and I received our mission call to the Texas Fort Worth Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Gospel is true. Even though I have been a member of the church since birth, I have been 'tested' throughout my life and continue to find solace and peace in knowing that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His church. People have asked me 'why go on a mission and spend your money when you could be traveling and doing so many other things during your retirement?'. It's simple...the blessings I have received throughout my life and in particular some Priesthood blessings given to my wife and I in the past while have made me realize "I cannot not go on a mission". Jesus Christ has blessed me with so much in my life. It is my turn to show Him my gratitude and love by leaving our home, family, and friends and serving in an area of His choosing. Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God. He established His church while on this Earth and it has now been restored. I testify that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a young boy, Joseph Smith, a mere 14 years old at the time, to begin the restoration of His church and His authority. I know that this land was foretold by prophets of old as being a 'choice land above all other lands' and it was here where the restoration could take place. I know that Joseph Smith, through divine inspiration and guidance, translated the Book of Mormon from ancient writings. The Book of Mormon adds to other scriptures in declaring that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Jesus Christ leads and guides this church through a modern day Prophet, even Thomas S. Monson. If we heed his words, he will not lead us astray, but will lead us back to the Savior. It is my testimony that God is a God of love and that He loves us so much that He gave His Son, that if we believe in Him, we can have eternal life. I know that if I do my part and live as Christ desires me to live, one day He will welcome me into His presence, by name, and I can look forward to being with my family throughout the eternities. Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving; in my family, my community and my ecclesiastical callings. There is no greater calling than having the title 'Husband/Father' and that is the basis of my service as I have tried raising 4 children to be valiant, faithful servants in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To see my children and now their families centered in the Gospel is the greatest happiness and joy I experience. I have always felt that we need to give back when we are so blessed and have served twice as President of Rotary Clubs, on the board for Habitat for Humanity, and as board chairman for the local food bank. I have also served as the board chairman for the foundation responsible for raising funds for our local hospitals, in addition to being a trustee for the region of hospitals in our area. I also served as a volunteer for the 2002 Winter Olympics when they were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have held gold, silver, and bronze medals and have met wonderful athletes and people from throughout the world. My service in the church has been wide and fulfilling. God teaches lines upon line, precept upon precept and as I have learned and grown my responsibilities have increased. I have been blessed to serve as YM President multiple times and love the youth of the church. They have kept me young-at-heart. I also served in the Bishopric of our home ward, in addition to serving as Bishop of a BYU single student ward. The calling that made a great impact on my faith was serving for 4 years at the Provo Missionary Training Center in a Branch Presidency. In that time, over 1200 missionaries came through our branch and touched my heart with their testimonies and faith. An important aspect of my service is worshiping in the temple and doing service for those who are no longer on this Earth. The covenants and ordinances learned in the temple bind our families together so that we may see the beauties of eternal families together forever.