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Hi I'm John

I am a husband, student, and adventurer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am most grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my Mormon faith. Life is too short to live without passions! I'm fortunate enough to be married to an incredible woman with whom I can go cycling, play tennis, go skiing, take road trips, learn Latin dancing, read the latest books, go to school, play piano/learn guitar ... the list goes on. You could say that my wife and myself are "jacks-of-all-hobbies." We love to be active both athletically and intellectually. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am constantly trying to learn something new. On any given day I could be reading a book on Freud's theories about psychoanalysis to the biography of Steve Jobs to the history of New Orleans, LA. I am currently applying to medical school for admission in the fall of 2012.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents converted to the Mormon faith as undergraduate students when they attended the University of Southwest Louisiana (Now ULL). They raised my three siblings and me in the faith. I decided to keep the Mormon faith when I studied the Book of Mormon and learned for myself what it had to say. The book contains stories and messages of repentance, faith in Jesus Christ, learning to love and serve others, and the consequences of sinning versus living virtuously. I prayed to God to know if the Book of Mormon was true. He answered me with a feeling of peace and happiness. It was wonderful to learn that God is real, that Jesus Christ is real, and that God had a true, personal interest in my life. My family has also been much, much better off for having embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My parents have a strong moral compass in God when they are faced with ethical dilemmas at work. My siblings and myself were raised morally upright and with high standards, which saved us from the heartbreak and misery that plagued many of our friends who made poor choices. And when my life has challenges that simply come with being alive, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a source of strength to face those challenges with courage. I am a Mormon because I feel that the message of the Mormon faith is true. As I have become better at living the kind of life that Jesus Christ expects of me as His disciple, I become happier and more blessed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through learning about the Savior by reading scriptures regularly. They teach me all things that I should do and provide an excellent moral compass. The message to me is to repent, learn to love others, and learn to become self-reliant so that you can serve others more effectively out of that love. In my personal life, I strive to do these things. In my local church congregation I assist in organizing social activities for the congregation to attend. Providing opportunities to come together and make the congregation a more close-knit group is rewarding. I also love to befriend the members of my congregation and help in whatever ways I can. Our congregation has a program for specifically watching over and caring for two families, and I enjoy developing a close relationship with them. There are many cases in which I have been tempted to cut corners in life - school, job interviews, sports, etc. I know I'm not perfect, but cutting corners is not something I do. Living a life of integrity is something that God has taught, and I have never regretted living my faith in this way.