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Hi I'm Jonnie

I grew up in Utah. I went to college in San Francisco and just got done playing minor league baseball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just got done playing baseball. I have been trying to travel as much as I can while I'm single and don't have a family. I love life and can't wait to give back what I have learned in baseball and find an amazing wife!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to church by myself. Yes it's easy in Utah since the longest walk is about five minutes to church. My grandma always asked me how church was and would help me with anything I needed regarding the church. She always told me, "You will never be sorry for following the Gospel." Boy was she ever right. My life has been filled with ups and downs like all of ours. I have been extremely blessed to have been a Mormon my entire life. My dreams of being a professional athlete came true a few years back, but not without suffering many injuries and going through a major illness in my family. I have been able to travel the world playing ball. I have been able to go to a catholic university and experience so many different and wonderful religions. So why am I a Mormon? Life is not perfect nor do I ever want it to be. How boring would that be? What is perfect is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The gift of the Holy Ghost, which we all receive when baptized by proper authority, is the greatest gift in the world. And of course, I have never been sorry for following it!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by just doing my best. I never let a day go without praying and reading the scriptures. I'm single so I go to a singles ward. This allows me to meet people my age and gain lasting friendships. I have a wonderful calling which allows me to serve the members of my ward. But as always, they do more for me then I can do for them. I home teach 5 wonder members of the ward which allows us to learn from each other monthly and provides me an opportunity to serve them if they need it.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jonnie
When you play minor league baseball, or any professional sport for that matter, you take on a responsibility of having people look at you in a different way. You can call it what you want: superstar, idol, overpaid, egotistic, etc. The one question I was always asked throughout college and professional baseball was why I didn't drink alcohol? For me it was easy. To compete at a certain level, your body needs to be at its peak. Why would I put something in it or choose a diet that would hinder me from getting closer to my dream as a professional athlete? But to be honest, it was more than that. The greatest joy to me was not hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win a game. It came from giving my broken bat to a girl in the stands and watching her eyes light up. It was when I made sure I saved a ball to throw to a boy when I walked to the locker room, because I remember waiting for one when I was little. I didn't drink because I knew kids were watching me play. I wanted to know I was giving it my all to be a good example to them not just on the field, but off. What an amazing feeling it was to be different, to stand for something more! Every person who chooses to take care of their body no matter what faith, I believe understands that God has given them the gift of life. It is our responsibility to respect and take care of it. Show more Show less