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Hi I'm Jonny Hefner

I grew up in Redmond, Washington. I'm studying to become a doctor one day. I'm a son, a brother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of four in a family of six. For 17 years, I lived in Washington State. I'm back in Utah studying at Brigham Young University as an Exercise Science Major. In my teenage years, I gained passion for fitness and exercise. What started as a hobby grew into an interest in physical therapy. Over the course of the last few years, that interest has evolved into plans to become a doctor. I love being active. I've had great health my entire life, something I put high value on. Not everyone around me has had the same fortune. My Mom has been battling a rare type of thyroid cancer for 10 years. Both she and my Dad are heroes to me. I love to socialize! It seems as though I'm surrounded by incredible people wherever I go. I believe you become who your friends are, so I choose my friends carefully.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is, I was born a Mormon and I'm still one today. The long answer is more interesting and meaningful. My family has been devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and its core values since before I was born. I grew up in a household that practiced the church's teachings. From a young age, I just accepted these teachings as true. Everyone eventually reaches an age, however, when they long to be more independent. As that day came and passed for me, I realized I could not live the life of a Mormon without knowing for myself if it was true. I decided that I couldn't lean on my parents any longer. I needed to be able to stand for myself, one way or the other. My conversion happened over years (and is still happening today to be truthful). No single experience has led me to believe in God and Jesus Christ. As I read the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible, attended church, prayed to God on a daily basis, and sought to serve others, the knowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's church on the Earth today grew. Don't misunderstand me. I respect the values of all creeds that teach love toward one another. I think there is good in every faith and denomination. However, I have come to know for myself that the very church Jesus Christ established when He walked the Earth is again on the Earth today. It has been restored, and the simple truths that Christ taught in New Testament times are found in their fullness in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I invite you to seek for the truth. Those who seek are promised that they will find. I gained a testimony that God lives, He sent His Son as a ransom for our mistakes. We can be with our families forever after this life. No matter who you are, what you have done, or what you believe, God is there and He loves you!

How I live my faith

I believe that anyone's faith is evident in their actions, particularly in how they treat other people. I hope that anyone and everyone I associate with will know by my actions that my faith is a force for good in my life. I also show my faith by how I correct my wrongs. I am far from perfect. When I am in the wrong, I do my best to right it. My faith is not one of fear. I do my best to face my mistakes and be a better person the next day. I lived in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos for two years sharing my beliefs with others. It was by far the most unique, challenging, and rewarding experience of my life. I gained far more from my service than I gave. I met many incredible people from an assortment of religious backgrounds. I was able to share what's close to my heart with them. Many lives were changed, not the least of which was mine. I learned through my 2-year service in the Caribbean that the best things in life also tend to be the hardest. I decided that I will never back out of something my life because it is hard. The greatest things in life come through hard work and dedication. Ultimately, I live my faith by looking to the center of my faith as an example, Jesus Christ. If everyone in the world lived their life like Christ lived His, there would be no problems. This is maybe the boldest statement anyone can ever make, and yet I believe it wholeheartedly. There would be no heartache or misery. Greed would be replaced by gratitude, violence by virtue, lust by love, horror by happiness.