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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I am now retired after a career spanning nearly 41 year. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 63 years old, a father of three lovely women, a grandfather of three grandsons, the happy husband of my wonderful wife, and am retired after a career of over 40 years. I have a number of hobbies and interests. I am an avid pheasant hunter and can think of no better recreational time than to spend a day in the field bird hunting with a few good friends and my chocolate lab, Max. My favorite sport is baseball, my favorite team is the Atlanta Braves, and my favorite all time baseball player is Henry Aaron. My family and I enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, and simply sightseeing. A favorite vacation spot is Yellowstone National Park, and the term "road trip" has special meaning to my clan, because we have made many, many family trips to see new areas and new things. I also enjoy model trains, and watching real trains. I love getting as close as I safely can to those big diesels as they roll down the line, and we have plenty of opportunity to see the big trains run across the Iowa countryside. One of my favorite relaxing jobs to do is to mow the lawn. As I explain to my family, this is one job you can do where you know where to start, what has to be done, and you know when it is done and can see if you did a good job. I like to camp an hike and these activities have been at the center of many of the adventures that my family and I participated in together while our children were growing up.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons, but primarily because of an experience I had when the full-time missionaries were teaching me about the Gospel. I attribute that experience to my conversion at the age of 30. The experience centered on the dream of the tree of life that Lehi saw and then relayed to his family as recorded in the Book of Mormon. The evening that we discussed this passage of scripture with the full-time missionaries I had not been diligent in reading my assignment. Nonetheless, even though this was my first exposure to this scripture, I was surprised that I understood all of the symbolism of the dream as we discussed it. During the lesson I felt as though someone was helping me understand Lehi's dream, and I was able to understand as the missionaries relayed the lesson, even before we reached the point where Lehi explained what each of he symbols meant. This mystified me, and I could not understand how I knew these things. The whole evening was as if there was a special "light" in our living room, and this became even more obvious when the missionaries departed our home. As soon as the missionaries walked out of our home, I could feel that "light" leave. I now know that this was the influence of the Holy Spirit. I resolved that evening that I would study and pray more so I could have this influence in my life at all times, and so that began my study of the Book of Mormon. I prayed about it and had the Spirit testify to me that it was true, and I have not left that truth ever since. I have felt reaffirmation of this truth many times in my years as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know through that same spirit that Jesus is the Christ, that he loves us all, that he suffered for us and died for us taking our sins upon him, and that he wants us to live with him again. I know that the Priesthood of God has been restored in the Church and through this authority we can realize eternal life, together with our families.

How I live my faith

I serve in the Church wherever I am called, and I know that these callings are from a loving Heavenly Father who wants me to learn and grow in this mortal existence. I have worked with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, have been a Den Leader, a Committee Chairperson, an Assistant District Commissioner, and as an advisor to troops and packs. I know that the Boy Scout program teaches young men essential skills to help them be of service to their communities, to their families, and to the Lord, and that is why I have been such an avid supporter from both within my Church, but as a member of the community. I have served as a leader to young men in the Church, have advised young women leaders, have gone on camping trips with both Boy Scouts and Young Women, the most memorable being a Young Women's camp in the Alps. I have served as a leader of local units in our church as Bishop on two occasions, and have been involved in various community service projects and organizations as a representative of our church. I regularly visit families in our church to see how they are doing and to offer assistance as needed, either temporal or spiritual. I love serving others, in and outside of my church, because I believe that this is what our Savior, Jesus Christ, would want us to do. We are here to learn to be like him, and he gave us the example he wants us to follow by serving others. I go to Church every Sunday as a testament that I am trying to do what my Savior wants me to do, and to take the Sacrament so I can remember him and get a spiritual uplift every week. My wife and I pray together and study the scriptures and try to be good neighbors to all. I help administer programs in the Church in our local area to help others to come closer to Jesus and our Heavenly Father and to help those that are in need. My wife and I look forward to helping feed the disadvantaged when it is our Ward's turn to provide this service in our community.