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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon. I was raised on a farm but now live in near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

About Me

I grew up on a farm and graduated in a class of 35 in a small town in Southern Alberta. I was privileged to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Belgium and France in the early 1980's. My mission taught my tolerance, patience, love for others, faith in God and perseverance. I got married in the Cardston, Alberta Temple about a year after my mission, to a wonderful beautiful lady who is the main reason for anything that is good about me now. Because of allergies to various things, (like hay and grain dust!) I decide to take on a more urban career as a Financial Advisor and have been with the same firm for the past 15 years. I have been married for over 29 years now and have a large family including 3 married children and 3 grandchildren. I have had the joy of coaching all of my children at one time or another with their basketball teams over the past 20 years. I have also helped all of my sons and several other boys to earn their Chief Scout Award. I enjoy travelling, especially back to France and Belgium, where I served my mission for the LDS church over 30 years ago. I still keep in contact with some friends there. I love working with scouts, especially teaching them how to camp and fish. I love going on a challenging hike with my sons to some remote lake with fish that just can't stay off of my hook. I also love attending the Temple in Edmonton with my wife and having large family dinners at my home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized by my father about a month after I turned 8 years old, but my conversion to the Mormon Church continues to this day. Serving others as a full-time missionary in France and Belgium became a foundation to my testimony of the Gospel because I saw how living the Gospel changed my life and the lives of those who accepted it. I was married for time and for all eternity to my wife in a Temple of the Lord and know that I can be with my family forever in Heaven if I keep trying to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and keep the commandments the best I can. I know that when I make mistakes that I can repent of them and be forgiven because of the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ. I love the association I have with good Christian people in the Mormon Church and find great strength in serving them and in being served by them. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has always brought great joy to my life and I look forward to doing my best to live the Gospel the best I can and helping those around me (especially my family) to do the same. I know that God lives and that he is the Spiritual Father of anyone who has ever lived on this earth or who ever will live on this earth and that he loves all of his children unconditionally. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and everybody elses' sins and that we can all be forgiven of the sins that we do our best to repent of. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith to our dispensation and that he translated the Book of Mormon as Another Testament of Christ, which clarifies many of the mysteries of the Bible and brings all people who read it closer to God. I know that there has been an unbroken chain of living prophets ever since Joseph Smith to this day and that they reveal God's will to us and direct His church on the earth today. I am a Mormon because my prayers have been answered, my life has been blessed by following the leaders of the Church, and it is true.

How I live my faith

I serve as a high counselor in my Stake (an organization of 13 church congregations). My role is to help Bishops and other ward leaders to help people come unto Christ by living the commandments and serving others. The Church does not have a paid clergy so my work is all voluntary. I specifically help members learn how to become better at sharing the gospel with others. On the first Sunday of each month, I coordinate a Youth Missionary Training class to help youth develop teaching skills. I serve as a home teacher with a friend of mine and we visit 4 families each month and offer to help them in any way they need. In the past I have served in the church as a young men and scout leader, as a leader of a group of men in the ward referred to as the Elders Quorum, as a membership clerk, as a ward mission leader and as a teacher. I served a full-time proselyting mission for the LDS church in Belgium and France for 18 months when I was in my early 20's and continue to share the gospel with friends when they express an interest in learning more about it. I have invited many of my friends to learn more about the LDS church and a few of my friends have taken lessons from the missionaries and joined the church.