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Hi I'm John Southall Miller

I'm a Texan. I served in Vietnam. I am a retired computer guy. I am a amateur radio operator KF5IJY and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Dallas, Texas. We lived just north of the city limits and the area was still very agricultural. Everyone knew everyone and I enjoyed walking the mile to school and later riding my bicycle. Life was different then. After four years of service with the military I completed a bachelor of arts and a master of business administration. My first job was with a lead smelter and then a children's hospital. My final job was with a defense contractor. I enjoyed working. My wife and I adopted our daughter in 1972. She has been and continues to be a great blessing in our life. She has three children of her own and we enjoy each of them. We have been able to farm and ranch for many years. We have raised commercial black hided cattle for sale at local auctions. I have enjoyed the additional work and the people you meet at various organization meetings. We tend to be a little independent. We have built (hammers and nails) both of our houses. We had a great experience both times. We learned a lot about each other and our own capacity for work. Recently I became a Ham Radio Operator KF5IJY. In addition I took the second step and successfully tested for the General License. I hope to soon get the necessary equipment to broadcast worldwide on the higher frequencies. We have enjoyed church service meshed with our other activities. The Church has been the central force in our life. I am proud to say I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

In looking back over my life I can see where I was prepared to receive the Gospel. When I was a young boy I would visit my great aunts. Aunt Mary enjoyed entertaining me and we would gather around the radio for two programs. We listened to the Boston Pops performance and Music and the Spoken Word with Richard L Evans. I felt the peace good music brings. The church I attended as a youth had Sunday night youth gatherings. One year we studied various religions. I remember the evening we discussed the Mormons and our leader saying that Joseph Smith must have been a good man because so many people followed him. Finally I have an older brother. One summer he went on a school sponsored trip to Colorado and Utah. Our family had an 8mm movie camera, and he took pictures of each of the spires of the Salt Lake Temple up and down all the way around. When asked what it was like inside he said they were not allowed inside it was for members only. These preparations led to two missionaries teaching me the Gospel. I remember after one lesson where they were challenging us for baptism and I was asking why. They asked for me to say a prayer. I was not comfortable in praying but agreed to read from The Book of Mormon. I opened the Book randomly and read a few verses and then turned to another random section and read a few additional verses. I asked the missionaries if they realized what had happened. They looked puzzled. The Book of Mormon had answered my questions. I still needed more. Later I was taught about eternal families and I knew this was for me. I was baptized within a few weeks. With a little faith I made a decision that has brought me great happiness and joy. For the forty plus years I have been a member I have associated with some of the greatest people in the world. People who in their own way love God, their family, and their country. They avoid most of the temptations that beset people today and they look forward to the future with optimism.

How I live my faith

My life has been filled with service. I have in the past served as the elected county leader of a major political party. I have served with the Boy Scouts of America. I am currently involved with our congregation's leadership. Where many see this as an important position it is really a chance to offer a smile, shake a hand, and offer kind words to many people. This same feeling follows me when I go to WalMart and do the tasks of the day. I try to warmly greet the greeters and be helpful as I go about my errands. I enjoy helping people. There are a few people that I try to visit each month. They are each unique. Some are single, some are married but they all have needs. They need someone to say hello and to stop by and check on them. I am always happy when I can bring a little happiness to someone else. My brother told me of a friend of his that had read everyday from the scriptures for more than 70 years. He had memorized many scriptures and could quote scriptures at will. I admire him. I love to read the scriptures but memorization is a bit elusive. Living the best I can has helped to make me happier and hopefully helpful to others.