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Hi I'm Jonathan

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I write software programs for a living. I enjoy computers, volleyball, games, and swimming.

About Me

I am a technical consultant who works in student services specializing in Financial Aid. I grew up in Pennsylvania and my parents joined the LDS Church before I was born. I graduated as an Information Systems major and love to work with computers. Besides computers and other related electronics I love to play volleyball, swim, hike, and read.

Why I am a Mormon

Because my parents joined the Church before I was born, I was born a Mormon. I was raised in the faith, baptized as an 8-year-old, and generally followed the examples set for me. However, every young man/woman needs to one day figure out if what they've been taught is actually true, especially when faith is required. I've always felt the principles taught were correct and I was happy when I obeyed them and could see a lot of unhappiness within my friends who weren't living God's laws, whether they knew about them or not, but I wasn't fully converted until shortly before I left to serve as a missionary. I'd been "set apart" given a special blessing to "set me apart" from the rest of the world as a missionary already, so I was required to follow the rules pertaining to all missionaries. I had a couple of days with little to do, and not being clear on what was allowed, I read a well-known C.S. Lewis book The Screwtape Letters in an afternoon. While the book is fantastic, it was also very depressing and left me feeling quite hollow. I then picked up the Book of Mormon and began to read in the book of Helaman one of the prophets whose writings are contained in the Book of Mormon and read a couple hundred pages, finding new insights and writing them down as I went. When I came to a breaking point I noticed the feeling within me, and especially the stark contrast of it to the feeling from before. It was joy, peace, love, and almost overwhelming warmth. It buoyed my spirit in a way I don't think I'd ever experienced before. I knew then, for sure, that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. It took some time after that several months, I think before I had as strong a witness of Joseph Smith and the Restoration, but I can say without a doubt that I know those are true, because the Holy Ghost has told me. Most precious and important of all, I know God is there and that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior. It is they who have helped me, taught me, and blessed me, and I've seen them do the same in the lives of friends, family, and many people that I met as a missionary. That's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I attend church and have the chance to work with the men of my congregation referred to as a "ward" as what's called the 1st Counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency. I get to work with several other great men to help serve all the guys of the ward, who range from age 18-32ish. I also get to regularly visit with and share messages with several of the men and women of the ward individually. We believe that everyone should be cared for, so everyone has these "home teachers" who look out for their assigned families, get to know them, help out when needed, and provide a familiar face during church service and activities. I try to live what I've learned and to set a good example, with varying degrees of success.

Are Mormons Christians?

Jonathan
Most certainly. The real name of the "Mormon Church" is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and "Jesus Christ" is not just a nice way of making the name longer. He is or should be the central focus of everything we do and why we do it. When Christ was on the earth He established His church, having 12 Apostles, baptism and other "ordinances", or holy rites, and especially His Priesthood, the authority to act in God's name. We believe that Christ has once again established His church on the earth, having the same organization and authority that the Church had at the time of the Apostles. He is our Savior and the Savior of the world, and without His sacrifice none of us would have any chance of living with God. We believe He's given us commandments and asked us to obey because we will be happier and grow to be more like Him, but ultimately no matter what we do it wouldn't be enough to return to live with God. We need Him and I'm really okay with that. Show more Show less