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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Northern California. I moved to the Midwest as an adult and now help the elderly. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Northern California provided me with many opportunities. At an early age I learned to play baseball. I would practice throwing a ball at a paper plate tacked to the fence in the backyard until the fence broke. I learned that I had good eye-hand coordination which I can continue to use today in my family life and at work. In high school, I played football and dreamed of catching balls like Fred Biletnikoff. Unfortuneately, I broke my little finger on my right hand and was switched to defense. My finger injury really hurt my grade in my typing class. After high school and a year of general studies in college, I went on a mission to England, serving in the London South Mission. It is an experience that I will never forget and I often wonder about how many of the families are doing with whom I met. After my mission, I went to Ricks College (BYU Idaho) and finished my general studies. I continued my eduction with a bachelors degree in business and a masters degree in healthcare administration. Today, I work for a nursing home management company as a Human Resources manager. I am married to a wonderful wife with which we raise 5 children. Three of my children are from my previous marriage and 2 are from my wife's previous marriage. Often my wife and I refer to us as the Brady Bunch minus one. I feel very blessed to have such a fantastic family. In all it keeps us very busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church at an early age. My mother was not a member when I was born, but joined shortly thereafter. My father joined the church as a youth from the influence of his step-father. My parents wanted to raise me in a church environment and that is how I became a mormon. I remember growing up and seeing opposition all around me. I went on a mission to England and that is where I strengthened my testimony and received a witness that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true and serves as a witness to the world that Jesus is the Christ and Savior of the world. I know that my Redeemer lives. Knowing these things provides me with peace and comfort to my soul. My testimony provides me with hope in a world of despair. I know that I am a better father and husband because I have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. I believe that faith is an action word and is illustrated by a person's discipleship. Therefore, I try to provide service to my family, to my fellow church members, to co-workers and my neighbors/community. Through my service to others, I show my love for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Recently, our church and its members provided service to tornado victims in Henryville, Indiana. This gave me the opportunity to exercise my faith and provide hope to families who lost many possessions. However, the greatest lesson taught was from the victim families who embraced the help of others of which were answers to their prayers. These families exercised their faith and gratitude that their lives were spared. I saw increased faith as a result of this natural disaster rather than dispair because of the loss of possessions. This experience reminded me that service is an act of faith and blesses the giver and the receiver.