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Hi I'm John

I grew up in California and live in Utah now. I was once a musician, but am now a computer programmer.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California. As a young adult, I moved to Northern Utah and have lived there ever since. I now program computers, do process analysis, and database development. But I used to be a professional musician. I love to visit national parks, canyons and other natural places of beauty to hike, walk, photograph and enjoy the scenery. I love visiting with family and others. I enjoy a good clean movie, but when I watch TV, it's usually the news or a documentary on nature, science or history. I have a bachelor's degree in music, and another in computer science. Currently, I'm pursuing a master's degree in information technology. My wife and I could have no children of our own, but we are seeking to adopt, and are fostering a child. I enjoy playing the piano, and used to play the trumpet in bands and orchestras, as well as synthesizer keyboards in popular bands. I also enjoy family history, learning about science and my religion.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised a Mormon, I received my own conversion as a young teenager. Being a Mormon for me is not simply a matter of heritage or tradition, and certainly not coercion. It is an active, happy, thoughtful, and deliberate choice. I love the emphasis on, and the greater understanding of Jesus Christ in our Church. Although the emphasis on family has been great, I've appreciated the attention our Church has given to people in other circumstances, which I have sometimes found myself in. I've read the Book of Mormon and the Bible many times and have received a conviction of their truth, especially the Book of Mormon. If the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and it is, then it made sense to me that it must then follow that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I've always appreciated the inspiration and enlightenment of Joseph Smith's words, or those that came through him, by the gift and power of God. As a young person, at the encouragement of one of our religious instructors, I prayed to God, seeking a dialog with Him and received it. Since then, I have received perceivable guidance and inspiration regularly through prayer and at other times. What our leaders have to say rings so true to me and makes so much sense. Participating in Church service has given me greater self esteem and happiness. Though I'm not rich, I have never been in want as a result of my financial contributions, but have always had sufficient for my needs and then some. When I take the sacrament of the Lord's Supper at our Sacrament Meetings, I have usually felt a perceivable great warmth, tingling and healing, radiating throughout my body as a result. This spiritual healing has been a great comfort and witness to me of Christ's power and the truthfulness of this, His Church. These experiences and others have confirmed to me that being a good Mormon is a wonderful, happy blessing. I have attended the meetings of other religions and learned something of their teachings. Though the people are good and friendly usually, I have not found the wealth of the Spirit and the understanding of God, along with His word, as I have felt and known in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

How I live my faith

Everyday I pray and read from the scriptures, mainly the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I try to live my life according to their teachings and follow Jesus Christ. I attend Church meetings each Sunday and serve in our temple each month. My wife and I enjoy reading together the words of our general Church leaders each week in our home evening and at other times. We pray together vocally every night and morning. I never watch pornography and have never even seen it on the computer because I don't go to places on the Internet to see it. I want to keep my spirit pure and clean so that I can be close to my Heavenly Father and serve him without the hinderance of that filth. Then I feel free to enjoy the great information on the Internet without having to place extra restrictions on myself. I play the organ for our Church sacrament meetings and try to engender a spirit of worship and reverence. It fills me with a wonderful feeling and it gives me joy to hear others express their appreciation. At least once a month, I visit other members of our Church assigned to me to see how they are doing and give them a message of inspiration. I've served in other capacities at church as well, teaching classes, taking care of Church records, and occasionally leading others. Sometimes I have served in our community to help fix up the homes of those who could not do so themselves or worked in Church canneries to help provide food for the poor. As a young adult, I served a mission for our Church in Eastern Canada for two years. I have never sought for or received any money for my Church service. In fact, I also donate a tenth of my income to the Church and more for the poor and needy. I don't do these things to show off. Much of it is hardly known by anyone. I do these things because I love God, believe they are right, and I feel blessed as a result.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

John
Our leaders have encouraged us to help others who are not of our faith, as well as members of our Church. This has been especially evident in helping others as a result of natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti, which I've contributed to financially, or in community service projects I've participated in. I regularly contribute to the United Way, at the encouragement of our Church leaders. I've also freely helped write a website for a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity through the arts. Show more Show less