Hi I'm Jonathan
I'm a husband, a father, and a management and IT consultant. I'm a student of life, learning as I go, and I'm a Mormon.
I'm a husband and father of 4. I'm also the oldest of 7 brothers and sisters. I grew up in Michigan, but have lived over half my life in the deep south. I served a full-time mission in the Bordeaux, France area when I was 19 and had a chance to return to Europe for an internship for my college studies. I enjoy family time, reading sci-fi fantasy novels, solving puzzles, and looking at issues from every angle. I like to play basketball, tennis, and love to go on road trips.
It'd be easy to say I'm Mormon because I was raised that way. My parents joined the church when I was a baby and my family was always active in the church. The real reason, though, is that I've found that I'm happiest and most at peace when I am living according to gospel principles. The Savior welcomes us to "prove him now herewith", meaning that if we want to have a testimony of the gospel, or of a particular principle, we'll be given that witness as we strive to live it. I love the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the notion that God is literally our Father in Heaven, and loves and watches over us much as a loving father might watch over his children - although with perfect and infinite love and patience. Thinking of God as my Father gives context to my relationship with my children, and helps me be much more patient with them in their imperfection as I know my Heavenly Father is of me in mine. As a Father, he wants what's best for us, but knows that sometimes we have to learn hard lessons in order to grow. Most of all, I love the idea that, despite our mistakes and imperfection, our Father in Heaven has provided a way, through our Savior Jesus Christ, by which we can return to live with them and with our families, friends and loved ones for eternity. What a beautiful doctrine! I've always pained over the notion that in many other faiths - even some Christian - there is no plan for saving the many millions of people who, for whatever reason, will not have the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ during their lives here on Earth. It seems to me, that if God truly is our Father in Heaven - and I know that He is - then He will do everything He can to bring as many of His children back to Him as possible. I love that every person who has ever lived will have a fair chance to hear and to either accept or reject the gospel - either during their Earthly lives, or after - thanks to the work being performed in holy temples.
I live my faith by attending church regularly, and by serving in the church. One of my responsibilities is to visit a few families in my congregation monthly to make sure that their temporal and spiritual needs are being met, and to serve them in any way I can. The idea there is that we're trying to take care of Christ's flock in much the same way that he would be doing if he were here today. Through daily prayer, I am able to give thanks, ask for needed blessings, and generally strengthen my relationship with my Father in Heaven. Regular scripture study also strengthens my faith and my love for the Savior. Aside from those more obvious ways of living one's faith, I think it is very important to at all times and in all ways try to act as Jesus Christ would want me to. This means showing love and respect to all I come in contact with and trying to be a positive influence. I'm far from perfect, but being kind and respectful is at least one small thing I can do to act as a true disciple of Christ.