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Hi I'm John

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. I joined the LDS church when I was 18. I am a retired hearing aid specialist.

About Me

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. My grandparents on my father's side immigrated to Las Vegas from Mexico in the 20s. I was raised Catholic, but joined the LDS church when I was 18. I served an LDS mission to Spain. Upon return, I met and married my wife of 39 years. We raised 4 children, 3 girls and a boy. The girls now have their own families and have given us 8 grandchildren. My son is completing a graduate degree in psychology. I spent most of my working career in telecommunications, however, at age 51, I completed an apprenticeship program and became a hearing aid specialist. Now that I am retired, I spend most of my time taking care of our yard and house. I enjoy gardening, helping my neighbors and serving in the church. I am also working on my family history.

Why I am a Mormon

Striving to live the teachings of the LDS church has been the greatest blessing of my life. Despite my parents goodness and Catholic faith, they were divorced when I was 14. This was very difficult. It created in me a desire to find something that might help me to someday raise a good family and avoid divorce if possible. I found that the teachings of the LDS church were not only helpful, but that infact, they represented the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth. I know this sounds presumptuous, never-the-less, I found it to be true. I remember sitting in front of a statue of Joseph Smith in Temple Square in Salt Lake City when I was 18, and my girl friend telling me that the LDS church believes in living apostles. I was struck by the thought of apostles ministering on earth like in Jesus's day. I had studied the New Testament while attending a Catholic high school. My heart swelled with the thought that there might be such a thing as living apostles and prophets. Since that time, now more than 40 years ago, I have strived to live by the teaching of the LDS church and have found on every turn, that they are true. They have helped me to live a happy and productive life.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the love and harmony that has existed in our home throughout my married life. Even though our family has faced challenges and I have made mistakes, I have felt comfort in the knowledge that so long as my wife and I were striving to live the gospel, that we would find solutions to the challenges we faced. I have learned a great deal about being a better husband and father by attending weekly worship services, participating in Sunday classes and servicing in the Church. When the children were living at home, we held weekly family home evenings. This was a night set aside to discuss a gospel topic with our children and to have some kind of a fun activity. We usually opened and closed our family home evenings with a prayer. Over the years I have served in many different capacities in the Church. Currently I serve as an assistant to our mens group. In this capacity, I ensure that all the families assigned to our group are being visited on a regular basis and that if there are unmet needs among those families, that they are reported to the pastor of our church. Also, since I am now retired, I volunteer to work in the temple one day a week. There I asist patrons that come to perform ordinances for either themselves or their deceased ancestors. The net affect of my activity in the Church has been that I better understand the nature and character of God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. This has enabled me to better reflect their character in my life.