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Hi I'm Jonathan

I wear a suit and a uniform. I am the President of the More Good Foundation, a Firefighter/EMT-I and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a Father and husband with three young children and a beautiful wife. We have lived outside of Utah and have had a thrilling 10 years of marriage. I run a Non Profit Organization called the More Good Foundation and work part time as a fireman. I have the wonderful fortune of doing what I love professionally. I enjoy motorsports, scuba diving, running into burning buildings, helping people in need, physical activity, family time and church association. I am also a motivational speaker.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up hearing about a legacy of pioneer ancestry who sacrificed all they had because of a burning belief. I came from a family that didn't have reunions in the park, regular scripture study, missionary experiences or missionary heritage. Mine was a family of recent converts and past dis-function. I honor my parents, who despite their challenges concluded that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not only true, but could assist them in the rearing of their family. Although I attended church throughout my young and adolescent life, I see that as a family we were finding our way and developing our beliefs together. I am a Mormon because I believe it and have seen the truthfulness of it manifest in my own life and in the lives of my own family, as I live and apply its teachings. I have not faced coercion, I have not been forced in my beliefs; rather, I have sought to know and understand, and have come to understand its truth. I am a Mormon, because I know that God knows me personally, and as such I believe that I can and should have a relationship with Him, just as my son has with me. I cannot turn my back on my son and I know God has not turned his back on me. He hasn't left me here, alone without help to return home. I am a Mormon because I know that Christ is my Savior and that his death and resurrection were performed so that I might be brought back to Him. I am a Mormon because I can know, and do know that God continues to follow His own pattern revealing truth to His children, through living special witnesses just like Peter, James, John and Paul. Lastly, I am a Mormon, because I have knelt and plead with the Lord to know whether the ordinances, structure and message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true or not. I have received literal answers to my prayers. You too, can receive these answers if you study it out in your mind then ask Father if it is right. You will then know as I know. You will then personally know why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have the great honor of working with young men, who have struggles and great strengths. It is my privilege to associate with young men who are preparing themselves to contribute to society and are preparing to put the Lord first in their lives. These are young men of honor, who show respect for others and who love the Lord. They are good, clean, articulate young people who will be wonderful assets to our country and our society as a whole. I learn from them as I teach them.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Having lived outside of Utah, I know that there are perceptions that exist that the Mormon church is a Utah church. Although the church headquarters are located in Utah and although many members live there, We have members throughout the world who are just like you. We love our faith and love to share it, but you might be surprised who we are. I might work in the office right next to yours. I may run into the same burning building beside you. In my work, I wear both a white and a blue collar. We work in all industries and have many of the same hobbies an interests as you do. Most of us are a little socially different, meaning that we may not participate in gatherings that involve alcohol or gambling. If you discover one of us in either place, you may mention that you didn't think Mormons participated in those things. Just remember, we like everybody else are far from perfect so go easy on them. You can visit any church house throughout the world. Each will have a placard that says: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Visitors welcome" This is a great way to surprise a Mormon. Show up and tell them you are not a Mormon and are just visiting. Another way to meet Mormon's is through a site like this one. Mormon.org can direct you to chat live with official representatives. These are generally young men and women who are serving missions for the church. However you find us, know that many of us were in your shoes and can relate to what you are going through. Good luck in your search! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Christ, the Atonement and His Relationship with His Father. Seven years ago I contemplated the miracle of childbirth and fatherhood. With new found emotions and feelings never before felt, I realized that a very real void had just been filled. My marriage, up to that point, seemed fulfilled and at times joyous, thus I did not understand that I was incomplete. I didn’t realize or know that I was not filled full. The birth of my son and other children reshaped my perspective on this topic and many other things. I began to be more full or complete in my way of thinking and my approach to life. My eternal perspective was one area profoundly affected by this experience. I remember as a Mormon missionary memorizing a scripture that spoke of our eternal nature and Sociology. It stated that “the same sociology that exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with glory, which glory we do not now enjoy.” At the birth of my children I experienced joy beyond which I had previously felt. It helped me conclude that Adam falling and the subsequent joy to attend could be found in the “man might be” portion of Moses 1:39. As my children came to be, my joy became full, in a way that I had never experienced before. The newness of joy came with the newness of many things to come. As a new Father, I felt close to the scriptural references of Fathers and Son’s. I was most profoundly affected by the relationship of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. As a new father I wanted to be party to every event in his life, both great and small. I wanted to be there at each of his milestone successes. I did not want to miss his first word or his first step. My love and new found devotion for him also created new found fears never before felt. What happened here? Where did this love and concern come from? I knew that something had changed in me. I found changing diapers and waking to provide for my son’s needs in the middle of the night, though at times inconvenient, was overshadowed by my desire to fulfill his dependency. I seemed consumed for a time, by the thought of something tragic or harmful happening to him. The thought was more then I could stand. I even went so far as to become medically trained, in hopes that I could attend to his needs when the time arrived. The greatest fear I possessed was the fear of being unable to provide for him, or for him to ever think that I would abandon him in his time of need. While studying the scriptures I began to note the many times in which God the Father was visibly involved in the life of His Son. I noted also, that Christ, who is the first born in the spirit was also the first earthly born of the Father in the flesh. As I am very interested in the future and purpose of my first born son, so it appears The Father is interested in the future and mission of his son. There have been many occasions in my son’s young life where I have heard the pleas for comfort in the middle of the night or cries for help after he had fallen and skinned his knee. The thought of turning from my child in his time of need is simply an impossible thought. It is my moral and legal responsibility to provide for him. Beyond that, it is my love for him that would prevent it from ever occurring. Beginning before the birth of the Savior, Mary and Elizabeth received special witnesses of the divine nature of those special little ones whom they would mother. There is nothing that suggests that the Baptist’s and Christ’s divine missions or origins were withheld from them. I would like to think it was the contrary. It is my feeling that Joseph, the adopted father of Christ, cared for and assisted in rearing of the Savior here on earth. It is also my feeling that the Savior had a direct relationship with his Eternal and Natural Father, our Father in Heaven. My reflections on my own son caused me to reflect further on this divine relationship. It seems clear to me that the Father relished in the Son’s momentous occasions. The Saviors willingness to be exactingly obedient is the highest honor that the Father could receive. He uses the sweet term of beloved when speaking of him. It is not hard for me to use that word when describing my own son. The Father also knew something that I do not. He knew what the future would hold for his Son. If I knew that my child would suffer in grave and agonizing ways and that his life would be shortened, how would I respond to my son? Would I make him more comfortable and what would my time spent with him be like? Would I strive to help him become stronger knowing what the future would hold? Would I reveal to him his future for fear that it would destroy him? Would I be willing to allow him to suffer? These were natural thoughts that were provoked during my time of study. I read and watched the Father provide for the Son. Instruction started early. His mission was made clear. The Savior communed with His Father for strength as he fasted and prayed. His Father did not turn away. He provided for Him when He struggled or suffered. I have read that the Savior descended below us ALL. I wondered how is ALL to be defined? Does ALL mean ALL or does ALL mean those who have dwelt on earth. The Savior died that ALL mankind may be saved. Here or elsewhere. Those who die spiritually and for those who have died physically. During the Saviors final moments, after such great suffering wherein an angel was sent to comfort Him, the Savior yet faced his most difficult mortal moments. The loss of blood that the Savior would have received during his scourging and during Gethsemane would have killed most men. The Savior’s spiritual senses were amazingly Keane. In Mark:5 we read of a faith filled woman who touches the Saviors garment. Perfectly aware of His power, the Savior comments about feeling a withdrawal of virtue. When the woman touched his garment in faith she was healed, but the Savior felt the change. He relied on His sensitivities and His Father’s spirit to help Him carry on. As He was aware of the loss of virtue, He was similarly and even more keenly aware of the withdrawal of the Father’s spirit while on the cross. Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani” MY God, My God why hast thou forsaken Me? Matt. New Testament This statement seems sudden and come as a surprise. This seems also to be unfamiliar to Him. Many have asked the question, why did God withdraw or where did he go? Why on the cross and not before? Is there a reason? As a Father myself, I cannot bear the thought of turning away from my child in his or her time of need. This must have been the greatest trial for the Father and the Son. I have often thought more of the Savior’s visible sacrifice and less of the Fathers hidden sacrifice. Why did the Father withdraw for a time? Was it an accident or did it fulfill a part of the Saviors mission. I cannot answer this for sure, but I do know that the Savior descended below us all. The Saviors statement that “it is finished” came after the withdrawal of the Fathers spirit and not before He commended His spirit into His Fathers hands, which immediately followed this shocking revelation. I do not believe that God the Father withdrew Himself by accident. The Saviors physical suffering was not greater upon the cross. He was tortured and suffered tremendous agony before ever reaching Golgotha. I believe there is a reason for this brief withdrawal, a reason that was necessary before the Saviors mission would be complete or “finished”. Those who have chosen to deny the Christ or those who will never inherit a body, have been cut off from the Father’s presence. It could be suggested that in order for the Savior to truly know how to succor his people, and to truly descend below us all, His mission would not be complete until he felt the loneliness of the withdrawal of the Fathers Spirit. As evident in Christ’s suffering, the withdrawal of the Fathers Spirit seems to be more than He could bear. Eloi, Eloi Lama Sabachthani, My God, My God, why has thou forsaken Me? After letting out a cry, He gave up the ghost and commended His spirit into His Fathers loving, comforting and spirit filled hands. I am grateful to the Savior and to our Father in Heaven for completing the atoning mission. I am also grateful that He allows us to understand through our associations the love that the Father and the Son have for us. I cherish the Father’s spirit and its influence on me and my family. I would be lost and lonely without it. I am grateful that the Savior descended below me and I have felt of His succoring balm in my life. I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I know that they stand together glorified, the Fathers glory in the Son and the Son’s in the Father. I pray that I may be more mindful and appreciative of the great sacrifice given to me and my sons, to my wife and my daughter. Jonathan Show more Show less