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Hi I'm Jon

I am a SCUBA instructor. I love my wife and family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love adventure. I teach SCUBA. I love to rock climb, and aggressive inline skating. My wife and I struggle at college and life... but we are glad we can do it together. We are mostly just trying to be happy, and help others be happy too.

Why I am a Mormon

Although i grew up in the mormon church, i didn't always call myself a mormon. When I was a teenager I just wanted to be a "normal" kid. I wanted to have friends, I wanted to have fun, I wanted a car, a job, a girlfriend.... I wanted to fit in, but I felt like I couldn't do any of the things my friends were doing. I couldn't drink, or smoke, or do "anything" on sundays. I thought being mormon was a burden. It had never crossed my mind that life might have been a little more important than all those things. When i was 19, I started to really wonder what I was doing. My friends were all away at college, and I started to realize that I was living the way I thought OTHER people would like me. I soon realized that it was important for me to be the person I wanted myself to be. I wanted to find meaning for my life. As I began to search for myself, I encountered a phrase that hit my heart like a dagger. "The Son of man hath descended below all these things. Art thou greater than he?" Jesus Christ came to this world as our brother and friend. He showed unconditional love for all, yet he was rejected by so many. Men of worldly power and popularity ultimately took his life, and that of his followers. Could I be so selfish to think i deserved better? Through the church I realized that life had deeper meaning than I could imagine. Life is all about love. None of us would be here if not for love. I have tried since that time to show love as Christ did. It has brought me so much more happiness than any of the things i thought i wanted.

How I live my faith

My wife and I serve on the Activities Comity in our church group. We help plan and organize activities that are fun and uplifting for the families at church. the activities are usually in the evening or afternoon on fridays or saturdays. they normally include a snack or meal, something spiritual or inspirational, games, sometimes prizes, and they are always fun for the whole family. Visitors are always welcome, and even those who are members don't know everyone, so it's always a great opportunity to make new friends.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Anytime the missionaries enter a home, their sole purpose is to leave a sense of peace in that home. They will normally ask to pray with the members of the family who are present, and share a message about God's love for us. The prayer is offered by one person, while the rest listen. The person addresses God the father, and simply gives thanks, and humbly asks for additional blessings. After the person says "amen" everyone else can say "amen" signifying that they agree with what was said. The message often has to do with Christ's teachings and how they apply to our lives today. missionaries usually try to avoid arguments or debates about other religions, and they are not there to disprove anyone else's beliefs. They merely seek people who are seeking knowledge. Anything they share is always followed with an invitation for the listener to search for their own confirmation of truth. We believe that it is not our job to convince, but that if you seek truth, God will help you find it. Show more Show less