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Hi I'm Jon

I grew up in Utah. I'm a medical student and a sports enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a first year medical student, studying as hard as I can to keep up with classes. In my spare time I try to stay active, hitting the weight room regularly and playing in a local Ultimate league. I love the outdoors and take any chance I get to go camping or hiking. One hobby I picked up over the years is travelling - I've backpacked Europe and Southeast Asia, and I've spent time in Mozambique teaching the people there how to build better latrines. I also lived in Japan for two years. However, my budget here at medical school may have, unfortunately, cured me of the travel bug. Haha.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been in this church since about 1840. My parents, grandparents, and all of my cousins are members. I've been going to church since before I can remember. None of that, however, is why I'm a Mormon. My personal conversion came in my teenage years. Like we ask all people investigating our church to do, during those years I personally read the Book of Mormon and prayed, asking God if it was true. I got an answer. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm currently the Sunday School president in my branch. I help train teachers on effective teaching methods, and I teach classes on Sunday.

What is faith?

Jon
I feel that true faith is best defined by James who teaches us that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). Faith is a strong belief which motivates a person to action. Hence, if a person has true faith in Jesus Christ, that person will do all in his or her power to follow the teachings of our Lord and Redeemer. As James puts it, "I will shew thee my faith by my works" (James 2:18). Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jon
Pray to God and ask if it's true. That's the only way to really know for yourself. Yes, you should study what we teach and read the Book of Mormon so that you can understand and weigh out our doctrine in your own mind. In the end, though, you need to seek an answer from God. He loves us, wants what is best for us, and will guide those who truly seek Him to the truth. It's like James teaches us, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5). Our Heavenly Father wants us to find the truth. He will answer an earnest prayer. Show more Show less