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Hi I'm John

About Me

I am a recently retired aerospace engineer born and raised in the midwest. I started college but, my grades were poor. I joined the U.S. Navy as a jet engine mechanic during the Viet Nam era. Then I finished college and got married, then started my family. I first found work in the automotive field -- then returned to the aerospace industry in Southern California with my young family. I love being a husband, dad, and grandfather. I have always liked cars & motorcycles, the outdoors, trains, and firearms.

Why I am a Mormon

While a child, I went to "primary" at a local protestant church. Usually at Christmas and Easter I would attend Church with my parents. Although I attended Sunday School periodically through junior high, I never really questioned which church was right. I attended very seldom during high school and a little more often in college. However, my belief in God and Jesus Christ was always pretty strong. I just did not belong or become attached to any one church or religion. During my senior year at college, two LDS missionaries knocked at my dormitory door, and asked if I knew that there were still living prophets. This came at a time when I was seriously investigating the different doctrines of several Christian churches. I had already started reading the Bible from cover-to-cover. This was something that I had never done before. The missionaries told me about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I met with them every week for six weeks. I started to attend the local church branch on Sundays. The things I was learning from the discussions, the Book of Mormon, the phamphlets, and investigator classes at church were informative and interesting to me. It was as if my belief was being reinforced with each new principle that I learned. Some teachings were new principles -- but most were concepts that I had already formed -- that rang with a familiar spirit. Yet, as I considered the teachings, there was something more there as well --- a warm fulfilling feeling, that just felt right. By reading the Book of Mormon, I came to know that it was true. And, if it was true, Joseph Smith was a true Prophet as well. I was eager to share this with my fiance. I had several things that I chose to re-align with the gospel, so eventually my new wife and I joined the church together a number of months later. My wife and I were "sealed" in the Salt Lake Temple 1 1/2 years later.

How I live my faith

Church has become a "stabilizer" for myself and family for nearly 40 years. Daily scripture reading and study are a great anchor. Weekly attendance at church lifts my spiritual side. I have learned to be a much better husband, father, friend, worker, and neighbor. I have discovered a joy in providing service to others. My prayers are fuller -- my gratidude deeper. Is is through regular study and knowledge gained through thoughful consideration of the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer and attendance, that have kept me spiritually engaged --- and growing since I joined the Church. I am currently helping with our Cub Scouts and volunteering as a Family History Consultant helping folks in my my community search for and gather their family history.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

The nature of God is pretty unique compared to other Christian denominations. Latter-day Saints worship God the Father, in the name of Christ the Son, by the power of the Holy Ghost. These three (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) constitute the Godhead. Each is a separate and distinct personage. God the Father. The Father is the primary personage in the Godhead. He is the source of light and truth, the source of all godly attributes and gifts, and the supreme intelligence over all things. God is a personage of flesh and bones. He is not just a spirit or essence. Jesus Christ is the same as Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament. Under the direction of the Father he organized this earth. He came to earth and took a body of flesh and bones and became Jesus of Nazareth. He is the literal son of God (Mary is his mother). From God he inherited immortality. From Mary, mortality. His sufferings and death were a willing sacrifice. He is the Savior and Redeemer of this world. He is divine. He died, rose from the dead, and lives today. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. He is the messenger of the Father and Son, the Comforter, the Witness or Testator. Some of his roles are: 1) to comfort in times of distress or uncertainty, to bring peace to the troubled soul; 2) to bring things to remembrance; 3) to reveal the things of God, to make known matters that can be known and understood only through faith, to bear witness of the truth; 4) to help sanctify, to purify the human heart, to encourage each of us to turn from sin and replace each with a strong desire to align ourselves with the principles and fullness of the gospel. Show more Show less