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Hi I'm John

I grew up in Kansas, Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Utah. I am a husband, a father and a dentist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

About me I was born in Kansas where my Father completed his training as a biological scientist. Growing up I lived in Canada, Utah, Costa Rica and Venezuela as my father pursued his career. Our travels abroad were educational, adventurous and at times even perilous. I had some great experiences living abroad as a youth; on the other hand my growing up years in Utah were typical for someone from that area. There I learned to love the out of doors, the mountains, hiking, back packing and skiing. My parents taught me a great love for reading and learning. I have always enjoyed learning new and interesting things. During my university years I interrupted my education to serve a two year mission to Spain where I met many wonderful people. My experiences in Spain greatly affected me in a positive way and taught me to love God and his children. I later went to dental school where I met my beautiful wife, who happens to be a geologist. We have five children. My wife and children have great meaning in my life and I love them very much. I love being a husband and father and doing fun things doing things with my family. We are an out of doors, physically active family and have done many fun things together. As a dentist I have the opportunity to practice and grow in the skills and knowledge of a great and challenging profession. Each day I am able to associate with a wide variety of good people and to serve them to the best of my ability.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had very good parents who tried their best to teach me about the teachings of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. They taught me how to pray and that it was important. We attended church where I had faithful teachers who also did their best to teach me the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of my teachers challenged our group of teen age boys to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it, to ask God if it came from him and if it was true. I did what was suggested to me and I believe I received an answer to my prayers. As I grew up there were challenges and mistakes that came but I always knew the Book of Mormon was true. I learned for myself that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world and atoned for the sins of all mankind if they would repent and call upon him in Faith. I prayed about other truths that were confirmed to my soul that they were also true. In the gospel of John the Savior challenged the people he taught that if they would keep the commandments he had given them they would know whether the doctrines he taught were from himself or from Heavenly Father. From the personal experience of living the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by his restored church, by study of the Bible and Book of Mormon, I have come to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is what it claims to be. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been a great blessing in my life and the lives of my family members. Like all people every where we have short comings and many challenges to over come but with our Heavenly Fathers help and with help of his son, Jesus Christ, we can over come our challenges to have a full and wonderful life now and life with them in the world to come.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been a great blessing in my life. Through out my life the Church has provided opportunities for me to serve others. Teachers that I had as a young person encouraged me to reach out beyond my comfort zone. I was challenged to think about what I was taught and to act upon it so that I could grow personally and spiritually. Sometimes I did better than others but over the years living the Lord's way has proved to be the only way to find happiness and fulfillment in life. As an adult I have had many opportunities to serve other people in a variety of ways by participating in Church administration, in teaching gospel lessons and giving talks on gospel subjects, by participating in youth programs and in scouting, in visiting church members in their homes and administering to their needs, by participating in projects to provide food and material aid to those who need it through church welfare farms, canneries, food store houses and thrift stores and emergency relief efforts, and by participating in sacred ordinances for the salvation of all of God's Children. Sometimes it does seem like a lot but the personal growth and spiritual development seems to balance everything out and what can I say.... the blessings of our Heavenly Father make for an abundant life! The most important part of my life has been my wife and family. Central to the success and happiness of our family has been the practice of daily family prayer, daily family scripture reading, a weekly family "home evening" together and regular family activities that include work in the home as well a fun times as a family. My wife and I have tried our best to make Jesus Christ and his teachings the center of our home life. We are imperfect people and struggle with this at times but we keep trying and time has shown that following the Savior is the true way to happiness in this life.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

John
I have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. It truly is the Church of Jesus Christ restored once again to the earth in these latter days. I know this because I have read and studied the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible as well as the other canonized scriptures of the church and I have prayed to my Heavenly Father to know of their truthfulness. I believe I have received answers to those prayers seeking to know the truthfulness of the things taught by the Church and the Prophets and Apostles who have been called by God to lead it. The primary source of those answers have come through the power of the Holy Ghost to inform my heart and mind by whispering peace to my heart and mind that the things I have sought to know are true. Another way I have come to know of the truth of this Restored Gospel is by living it. In the 7th Chapter of the Gospel of John the 17th verse the Savior challenges us that if we will live his commandments we can know whether he speaks of himself or if he speaks for his Father. When you live the principles of the restored gospel for a season and sincerely apply those principles and you look back on that time of your life where you lived those gospel principles, you will know that your life has changed for the better. I my own personal life I feel that this spiritual hind sight is 20/20. This realization still comes with the whisperings of the Holy Ghost confirming the positive changes one makes in ones life. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

John
I think families are central to a person's happiness in this world . It is true that there are a lot of challenges in all families and sometimes we feel like giving up but our family members are the people we can become the closest to in our lives. By attempting to over come our problems and challenges and by living the gospel of Jesus Christ we can improve and strengthen the bonds of love and friendship we feel towards one another in our families. Through the "Saving Ordinances" we are able to make our loving family relationships eternal relationships. Show more Show less