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Hi I'm Val John

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a published poet, genealogist, webmaster, scouter, grandparent and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My wife, Karla and I reside in Virginia. As a youth, I was raised by goodly parents and given every opportunity. I became an eagle scout, served a mission, married in the temple, and began to raise a family of seven wonderful children. I had a very righteous wife, but failed to cultivate the closeness that is needed to sustain our marriage, and later divorced. I have recently served as a senior missionary with my wife, Karla. We have a testimony of the value of the Career Workshop. I feel I have always had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. It has certainly been tested and grown over the years. My testimony is born in the poetry I write.

Why I am a Mormon

The fact that I am a fifth generation Mormon is not the reason that I believe so firmly in my faith. It is the constant quiet workings of the Holy Spirit and the kindness and love of the faithful membership in my ward and stake that confirm to me that this church is rightly judged by its fruits and the fruits of the gospel are centered in christian love and true charity.

How I live my faith

I believe and live by the principles stated by Joseph Smith in his letter to John Wentworth that have come to be known as the 13 Articles of Faith. I strive to be temple worthy, to be honest with others, and to live a life of true charity. Life is not without conflicts and I have faith in God to guide me and help me overcome weaknesses and grow firmer in the faith as I allow Christ to be the author and finisher of my faith.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Val John
The Bible has been the source of sharing revealed truth given to God's prophets and patriarchs through the ages. It conveys the words of holy men who spoke when moved upon by the Holy Ghost. It helps build a foundation that brings us to Christ. The Book of Mormon is another testiment of Jesus Christ. As we come to know Him, He can become the author and finisher of our faith. We believe in Christ, we trust in Christ, and we look to Christ for our salvation. As a car with only one headlight is plunged into darkness when that light fails, so we were taken through the "dark ages" of history when the bible was surpressed and not shared with the common man. The day of enlightenment has come. Not only do we have God's revealed word in the bible, but we have a companion. A second set of scriptures to enlighten our minds and heighten our understanding. We can travel the roads of life with the safe assurance that we can see the path and dispell the darkness. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Val John
Some, not understanding the church, label Mormons as a cult. Cult has both positive and negative connotations. As Mormons we cultivate a love for truth, beauty, and understanding, we seek after culture - anything that is honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, or praiseworthy. Etymologically, the word cult comes from the root of the word culture, representing the core system of beliefs and activities at the basis of a culture. Thus, every human being belongs to a "cult" in its most general sense, because everyone belongs to a culture which is conveyed by the language they speak and the habits they have formed. The literal and traditional meaning of the word cult is derived from the Latin cultus, meaning "care" or "adoration." Christianity has been considered a cult. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Val John
Mormons are committed christians. They believe in service. That may involve people of all persuations and in all walks of life. Mormons are incouraged to serve in their communities, to better their neighborhoods, to work with organizations such as the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts. We have an open door policy. We have assisted the Salvation Army in toy drives for Christmas, worked together with other faiths in emergency relief, community clean-up, and provident living projects and services. We believe that righteous service is a responsibility. As a prophet in the Book of Mormon stated: "When you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God." Show more Show less