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Hello there! My name is Jon and I am currently a substitute teacher in the local public schools. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching degree MAT with an emphasis in Music Education and my Bachelors degree was in music with a minor in Political Science. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family most of all, but I also enjoy writing, history, photography, traveling, sports, politics, and theater. I am an avid blogger and Wikipedia editor too!
Although I was raised Mormon (or LDS), my mom and her parents are all converts. Virtually all of my classmates growing up all the way through college weren't members of the church and virtually all of my extended family are not Mormon, so I had (and still have) lots of exposure to other viewpoints and ideas. In the end, I'm Mormon because I want to be. It's something that not only makes logical sense to me, but also gives me direction and purpose in life and I've put it to the tests of both intellectual and spiritual truth many times.
I went on my mission because I wanted to share what has brought me so much stability and peace with others. Why keep something like this to myself?
Much like going to school, going to church helps me learn how to work with other people and be more educated, empathetic, sympathetic and understanding. I've learned how to serve others and I've learned so much more about God and Jesus Christ. It also is a nice refresher to be around people who share your basic beliefs and values.
Prayer is my connection with my Heavenly Father. It helps me better understand His will and helps to guide or calm me down when needed.
At church I am currently the pianist in the children's organization, which we call Primary (ages 3-12). It's my absolute favorite calling ever because I get to keep my piano skills sharp while also improving them, plus I get to be around some pretty amazing and funny kids too. In my community I make sure to vote at every election, even the smaller ones. Not only do I vote, but I also try my best to be up to date on the issues and candidates so my vote is an educated one. I will also write letters to the editor of the local paper and frequently communicate with our city's city manager on local issues.