Hi I'm Jon
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!
Why I am a Mormon
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.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
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?
How has attending Church services helped you?
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.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
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.
How I live my faith
At church I am currently the 2nd and 4th week teacher in our Elders' Quorum, which is for men generally between about 18 and 50 years old. I enjoy being able to lead discussions on the various aspects of the Gospel and get to know my fellow ward members better as we do so! Studying the Gospel and discussing it with others helps to not only understand what we believe, but why, and helps it make more sense and gives it more meaning.