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Hi I'm Jon

I've grown up in Colorado. I served a mission in Hawaii. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Colorado almost my whole life. I love the outdoors, especially hiking and playing sports. I also have a passion for music and have been in several bands over the years, though right now I mostly just mess around on whatever instrument I can get my hands on. I am currently a student studying psychology and I love it. I plan to go on and get a masters and doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, and hope to run my own clinic within the next 10 years. The most important thing to me is my family and friends, because they make me who I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church for my whole life, but I wasn't truly converted until I was about 17. Up until that point I had been very active in the church and had a great knowledge of the gospel. I had read through the scriptures and knew the stories very well, but I hadn't internalized them yet. It wasn't till I prayed and asked God to help me understand the truth that I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that I really knew it was true. Ever since that point the church and the gospel have meant everything to me. I know with great certainty that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that we have a prophet on the earth today. I know that it is only through the great redeeming power of Jesus Christ that we can truly reach our full potential.

How I live my faith

I am a member of a married student ward in Provo. I am currently the ward music chairman. Music has such a power and I love being able to help set a spiritual tone for the meeting. It is a great way for me to share my testimony each week with all the members of my ward. I also find great joy in being able to visit and strengthen individuals of our congregation in their homes. What a wonderful blessing it is to be able be with them and to be able to share our testimonies together and to be able grow in the gospel together. I love the opportunity to serve my fellow brothers and sisters in the gospel.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

The gospel of Jesus Christ has always taught us to serve those around us. In order to effectively help others out we must be able to take care of our own needs first. Also, the more self reliant we are, the more control we have of our own lives and the more decisions we can make that will keep our lives in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ. We also focus a lot on emergency preparedness because we have been warned by prophets that there will be many natural disasters in our day, and with this knowledge it is best to be prepared for whatever situations may arise. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is being happy. The gospel provides a great sense of direction and purpose. Life is not without its challenges, but it is easier to know how to navigate through those challenges. Knowing that there is a God and that he is personally invested in our success and development also provides a much needed comfort and direction. Some people believe that the commandments are restricting, but I find that as I live the commandments I have much less to worry about and I am much more free. Most importantly, I know that my most important relationship with my fiancee, will continue on forever after we are married. So yea, being Mormon is being happy. Show more Show less