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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm an engineer. I'm a law student. I'm the luckiest husband. I'm the happiest dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having grown up in Southern California, I have a love for the ocean, coastal mountains, warm weather, and vibrant and diverse community. Since I was a child, I have always been intrigued by the way things work. My fascination led me to study chemical engineering in college, which I thoroughly loved. My appetite for knowledge wasn't quite satisfied upon graduation, so I enrolled in law school. Currently, I am in my final year. I married the woman of my dreams just over three years ago and we recently celebrated our son's first birthday. I continually ask myself how I lucked out to have such an amazing wife and the perfect son. We are living life and loving it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was born. They took my sisters and me to church and taught us to read in the Bible and Book of Mormon. They taught us to pray and thank God for our blessings. I was baptized when I was eight. When in high school, I read the Book of Mormon in two weeks as a challenge by my Bishop. During my two week challenge, I felt the Spirit of God very strongly. I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon is true. The Holy Spirit confirmed to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I subsequently asked God if Joseph Smith was a prophet. Again the Spirit confirmed to me that he was and that Gordon B. Hinckley was God's prophet on Earth in that day. Today, I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet. These things are continually confirmed to me. I know that this is the Lord's church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living by it. I remind myself that life is not an end but a means to eternal happiness in heaven with our Father in Heaven. That does not mean that I cannot or should not be happy in this life. To the contrary, by implementing the principles taught by Jesus Christ, namely faith, repentance, loving service, I am filled with happiness and joy. Living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not easy. In the moment I sometimes make poor choices. When I recognize my mistakes, I feel sorry for having made them and pray to God to forgive me and help me avoid those mistakes in the future. I also read in the scriptures each day to feel the Holy Spirit and remind myself of my dependence on Jesus Christ. I feel His spirit with me throughout each day and feel guided to help others. Finally, I live my faith by loving my family. We pray each day together. We read scriptures together. We go on walks together. We spend time together.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jonathan
As we are taught in the New Testament, acceptance of Jesus Christ and baptism in His name is essential to be saved in the kingdom of God. But what of those who never had an opportunity to hear of Jesus Christ? We believe that God is merciful and desires all of His children to have a chance to accept His word. Through proxy baptism, we are able to be baptized on behalf of those who died without an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and be baptized in His name. They are then free to accept the baptism performed on their behalf or not if they so choose. I know that proxy baptisms is yet another example of God's goodness and mercy. I feel the Spirit so strongly when I attend the temple and know that it is God's work. Show more Show less