My name is John McLaughlin and I am a 23-year-old photojournalism student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. My life is pretty busy, but I try to stay focused on the one thing that is most important in my life, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am someone who can accept anyone for who they are: black or white, gay or straight, male or female or whatever combination of traits that makes you, you. I try my best to love others as Jesus first loved me. Sometimes I fail at doing that, but I just remind myself that God has given me the ability to love others even when they do not love me.
My future goals, after graduating UF with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, are to document missionaries lives and help drum up support for them as they are in the mission field. Funds are low but demand is high. These missionaries need help raising support to keep doing what it is that God has entrusted to them to complete. I feel like it is my responsibility to make a difference in the lives of those who make a difference in others.
I already know that God has called me to use my talents and abilities to His glory and honor, and that is exactly what I plan to do...