Hi I'm Jonathan
Well, I'm silly when I can be and serious when I have to be. Other then that I'll try to be serious about this whole thing. My family currently lives in the city of Bellingham in western Washington state. I've lived in Washington my whole life and I love it!!! I've grown up next to the ocean and amongst the pine trees and couldn't think of a better place to live for me. I enjoy reading, a lot actually, I usually go through at least four books a week at the local library. I love reading books with happy endings, which usually means that they're either sci-fi or fantasy these days. I enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, etc. Generally speaking I'll try just about any sport or adventure with a friend, doing things by yourself is no fun I think. At the moment enjoying life with friends and family is very important to me, I like being around those who I care about and I always enjoy my time with them. My dad's a music teacher, though I've probably been one of his more challenging students. But because of it I love music and singing, usually choral pieces because it really doesn't matter how good you are, just how good the two people next to you are. My Mom has been just that, a mother, and she's defiantly had the harder job!!!!!!! She's taught to love learning and to seek after Truth with all of my might mind and strength. They have been my heroes and my example as to how I should act and be. And most importantly, I think that it's always a good day!!!
Why I am a Mormon
I believe that there are two kinds of truth in this world, one that is governed by the opinions of man, the other is governed by the Will of God. That which is governed by the precepts of men are always subject to the will and desires of man. Political opinions change, likes and dislikes change, people change constantly!!!!! So any truth from man is also constantly changing. But that Truth that is from God is eternal and divine in nature. Truths such as that you are a Child of God, one of his beloved Sons or Daughters. That Jesus is The Christ, The Holy One of Israel, The Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. That all people who come unto them can and will gain eternal life through the merits, mercy, and grace of Christ divine Sacrifice. And that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is The instrument that our Father which art in Heaven and Jesus Christ use in bring all of Their children back unto them. That is why I am a Mormon, because I seek after Truths like these and I know that as long as I remain a willing student, that I will learn of them and cherish them.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is knowing that everything and and will turn out okay, even if you can't explain why quite yet.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
It is communication in it's simplicity, it is divine in it's effects. I really do feel like that I am speaking with my Father in Heaven, and that he really isn't all that far away from us.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I believe the phrase is "been there, done that". *Waits for crickets to stop chirping* Okay time to be serious then, I went on my mission because The Lord asked me to go, and I'm still seeing the blessings flow from the experiences and lessons I learned in Nebraska.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
My stance on this question has shifted as I have developed my talents. And simply put... we all have gifts and abilities that can brighten the lives of others, and we are asked to share them without the thought of cost to ourselves.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
He is the man through which my Savior has begun His work again upon the earth. The first of many teachers, apostles, and prophets through which my Savior, and my God teach me today. I strive to be a willing and able student for there is much for me to still learn.
How I live my faith
I seek after Truth, and when I find Truth I live by its precepts and teachings. Since The Savior is the the source of all Truth, I follow His example and I try to be a willing Disciple for Him. I study His words in the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible, and hearken to the words of His living Prophets and Apostles.