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Hi I'm John F. Scoresby

I grew up in the small farming community of Iona, Idaho just outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho. I have been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

At this time in my life I am semi-retired working with my chiropractor son and son-in-law as their office manager. I am quite free to come and go as I please. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 46 years this year, have six married children who have made me a grandfather to 23 great kids. We love them and really enjoy being with them, attending their school and sporting events and attending special occasions at their church. I spent many years as a volunteer leader in Boy Scouts. For many years I was heavily involved in politics serving as a county party chairman and as a regional chairman. I like to know what is going on in my community, state and in the nation. I enjoy having a garden and keeping my house and yard looking good. I really love the Christmas season because it brings families together and I like to put up hundreds of lights on my house and yard for my family and our neighbors to enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My paternal grandparents and great grandparents emigrated from England to Australia in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It was there that they became converted to the Church and then emigrated to the United States in 1906. My maternal grandparents and great grandparents were from Sweden and the Isle of Jersey where they converted to the Church and emigrated to the United States and were pioneers who travelled across the Great Plains to Salt Lake. Being the youngest in my family allowed me to see the great examples of goodness in my parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and to see how they lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their own lives. I wanted to be like them, especially like my parents and siblings. As I grew up I began to have experiences where I felt the Holy Spirit testify to me that what I heard Prophets and Apostles speak was the truth. As I studied the teachings of Jesus Christ, the words of the Prophets of God in the Bible and read and studied the Book of Mormon my understanding of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and of Their Plan of Happiness for us was enlarged. I came to know that Joseph Smith was chosen to be God's Prophet in the latter days to bring forth the "restoration of all things" as prophesied.

How I live my faith

I am now in the latter stage of my life so things are somewhat different now than they were in earlier years. Having been a life-long member of my church I have many opportunities to serve, lead and teach. I have taught young people and adults and have enjoyed it. I have been in leadership positions where I have asked other people to participate in various ways. I have organized political events, events in my church and enjoyed the comaraderie of all those who came to participate. One of the positions I currently hold in my church is that of a Home Teacher where I and my companion (another man, a teenage boy or my wife) will visit several families in our church one or more times per month. We provide service to them in various ways, teach them doctrines and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and just try to be good neighbors to them. Doing this has brought joy and satisfaction into my own life. As a young man I went on a mission for my church to Southern Brazil for 27 months. It was a great experience, one I recall with fond memories. I had the opportunity to see people change their lives for the better by increasing their faith in Jesus Christ. Now that I am older and don't have all the responsibilities of raising a family and going to work everyday, my wife and I are embarking on a mission for our church for a period of 18 months. We are looking forward to devoting most of our waking hours to help people increase their faith in Jesus Christ and to change their lives for the better. I try to live my faith everyday by being the same person whether I am in Church on a Sunday, at work during the week or involved in a community or political event. I have learned over my lifetime that it is easier to navigate our lives by having faith in Jesus Christ and keeping the commandments of God. By so doing, we can avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that can cause heartache, pain and even suffering.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

John F. Scoresby
We are like many other people you know. We love our families and enjoy being with them and doing things with them. We go to schools in our neighborhoods, we get involved in youth activities like sports and Boy Scouts, we are involved in all levels of government and we like to provide service to those around us and even in distant places when there are disasters. As Mormons, we strive to live our lives in accordance with the commandments of God. We avoid things that are detrimental to our well-being. We do not use tobacco, drugs, alcohol or any substances that are harmful to our bodies. We believe that participation in pornography, premarital sex and sex outside the bounds of marriage is sinful and harmful to both the body and the soul. We know that keeping God's laws makes for a happy, productive life and helps us to avoid the many difficulties and problems that many people have to endure because of the bad choices that they have made. We know that God loves all mankind and that the atonement of Jesus Christ frees everyone from their sinful past if they have repented of their sins and continue to live their lives in accordance with God's plan. We know that families are forever, meaning that we can be with our families after we have been resurrected which is promised to everyone born onto the earth because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son God. In short, Mormons are a happy people because we know that God loves us and wants us to return to live with Him. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

John F. Scoresby
The Church of Jesus Christ does not endorse political parties. In fact, prior to every general election and at some other times, the Church has issued the following statement or something similar: "Principles compatible with gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs." Church facilities, funds and organizational resources cannot be used to promote any political candidate or party. I have personally been involved in the Republican Party in the State of Idaho for many years but not so much now. There is a perception among many people and national news organizations the Mormons tend to support or favor the Republican Party. Based on personal experience, I give this explanation: Mormons tend to be more conservative and believe in personal responsibility instead of relying on the government which is more in line with the principles of the Republican Party. Another reason is the abortion issue. Mormons are against abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. Republicans tend to be more against abortion than other political parties. Another issue that Mormons feel strongly about is marriage. We believe that marriage is ordained of God and should be only between a man and a woman. Even with all of that, the Church still does not support any political party. Show more Show less