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Hi I'm John

For most of my life, I've lived in California. Many of my ancestors came to America to live their faith. Like them, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

By training I am a mathematician and computer software engineer. I am part-owner of a manufacturing company where I have developed computer and financial systems during the past forty years. My wife and I met while attending university, have been married for 48 years, and now have eight children and sixteen grandchildren, most of whom live in other states. We enjoy traveling and visiting with them as often as we can. We have traveled to all seven continents and to every state in the USA. My hobbies include reading, solving puzzles, and playing basketball. I also enjoy playing the piano. When our children were younger we were involved in school and community service opportunities. Three times I was a candidate for public office and once I managed the political campaign of a friend who was running for the U.S. Congress.

Why I am a Mormon

As with most children of active Mormon families, I was baptized when I was eight years old. As a youth I studied the doctrines of the Church and believed them to be true. Throughout my life I have seen evidence in the lives of others, in my own life and that of my family, that adhering to the standards of the Church has many practical benefits. In my professional life, I seek for precision and accuracy, and in an academic sense, I am always trying to reconcile or discount purported truths, from whatever source they might arise. So it is only natural that I might be skeptical of religious "truths" that accepted on faith and cannot be proven in the usual sense. Yet I have not the slightest doubt regarding the tenets of my faith. For one thing, I have found no inconsistencies between these truths I accept as being revealed by God to a prophet, and those I accept as having been discovered scientifically, for example, or observed in nature and society. More importantly, I have repeatedly felt the "witness of the Spirit" confirming the truth of what I have been taught in a religious setting and what I consider to be divine inspiration. Specifically, I have come to trust in a Heavenly Father, who loves His children personally, who prepared an Earth where His spirit children could experience mortality, growing little by little in wisdom and understanding, before returning to His presence. I am convinced that He hears and answers prayers offered by even a single individual, and that His plan includes the Savior Jesus Christ, whose universal atonement makes up for our pain and suffering, our trials and failings, and whose example inspires us to acquire the Christ-like attributes that will eventually enable mankind to live in peace and harmony. Even if it turns out I am wrong, I consider it an ideal worth pursuing. But then again, I am convinced it is not just a nice ideal, but it actually represents eternal truth.

How I live my faith

There is no paid clergy in our Church, so individual members are called upon to serve in a variety of positions throughout their lives. I have taught children, youth and adults and have served in a number of leadership positions. I have also been a member of choirs most of my life, and often played the piano and occasionally the organ. When asked to do so, members give talks or pray in Church services, and nearly all adults have an assignment to look after and visit specific individuals or families in the congregation, in addition to normal fellowshipping and service. All this I have done from the time of my youth. We also participate in a frequent Church-sponsored service projects, and are encouraged to be involved as volunteers in our community according to our personal skills and interests. After a year of college, I served overseas for two and a half years as a missionary for our Church. I am about to interrupt my employment for another such opportunity, this time serving abroad with my wife. As we endeavored to teach our children, however, the true measure of observing one's faith, cannot be measured by positions held, but rather by how one treats others and lives his life. Living our faith at home meant individual and family prayer, scripture reading, attending Church each week, and holding a weekly "Family Home Evening", and teaching our children to be good citizens, to be hard-working, to be kind and honest in our dealings with others.