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Hi I'm John

I am a teacher and leader. I work with poverty. I change lives. In turn, my life gets changed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an educator and a leader. Currently, I help teachers with professional development and manage programs related to at-risk children and youth at the school and district levels. When I have free time I prefer to spend it playing video games with my boys, reading a good book, working in my garden, or hiking with my family. I am married and have 5 children ranging from 9 to 19.

Why I am a Mormon

This has been a hard question for me to answer and really made me think. I am a Mormon because I have seen what the teachings of Jesus Christ, the counsel of modern day prophets and apostles, and the words of scriptures can do to bring peace to my own life and that of others. I have had my life turned upside down by challenges but the teachings and practices found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have brought peace to my troubled soul and given me the strength to move forward and to know where and how to move forward. One night years ago I woke up in the middle of the night with an urgent feeling I needed visit someone I knew. I was reluctant to do so because it was the middle of the night but I couldn't shake the impression that I needed to go so I went. When I knocked on his door he greeted me with a .45 but let me in. I could tell he was in pain. He began to ask me if God loved him and if God even knew who he was. I wasn't prepared for this but the words to say and feelings to share filled my mind and heart. I spoke what came and shared the feelings I felt. It was a wonderful experience that brought peace and joy to both of us. Come to find out years later prior to my knocking on his door he had been contemplating ending his life. I am a Mormon because I have seen and felt God's hand in loving and caring for each of us as we abide by His teachings and as we act as emissaries in His name as we promise to do at baptism.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in several ways. Of course I attend church weekly. It helps me refocus my priorities and reminds me of the things I have covenanted, or promised, to do such as agreeing to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, repenting when I have done something wrong, and serving those in need in my local congregation or neighborhood. I also live my faith by teaching my children about Jesus Christ, how He's made it possible for all of us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father (God), and how we must live the way Christ has asked us to live in order to receive all the blessings our Heavenly Father is prepared to give us. I live my faith by praying to our Heavenly Father regularly and by reading daily from the books or scriptures He has provided us.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are used to help us come closer to our Heavenly Father, to help us find a place where we can go to get away from the troubles of world, and to find a place where we can more deeply worship Him. It is also a place where we can make sacred covenants or promises, the greatest of which allows us to be married and be a family forever, if we live up to our end of the covenant. We believe all of our Heavenly Father's children, everyone who has ever been on this earth, needs the opportunity to return and live with him again. We believe the ordinances of baptism and marriage, among others, and the associated covenants, or promises, are essential to making that possible. Therefore, we make these promises and carry out these ceremonies for and in behalf of those who have passed on so they can have the opportunity to choose for themselves in the next life if they will accept or reject what our Heavenly Father has to offer them. We wish that all could enter the temples, but unlike regular church buildings, to keep the our temples sacred only members in good standing who are actively and faithfully maintaining a certain standard of obedience to the teachings of the church can enter our temples. Show more Show less