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Hi I'm Jon

I was born and raised here in Texas. I am a Deputy for the Sheriff's office where I live. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Houston. I attended a Lutheran elementary school, a Catholic High school. My parents raised me in a Baptist church when I wasn't attending Sunday school with my grandmother at an Assembly of God. I fell in love with a Methodist girl and she and I were sealed together as husband and wife as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That would be one of the greatest days of our life. The greatest days of my life is when I have witnessed the happiness of my children. The worst days were when I witnessed their pain. I'm thankful for the experiences in my life, both good and bad. I love to live, laugh, and interact with family and friends. I am a praying man, I just don't pray as often as I should. I believe in miracles. I love my Father in Heaven, my earthly parents, my wife, my kids, and my friends. I love late 70's early 80's classic rock. I prefer country music, if I can sing along. I love to fish, I love to eat good food. I love all these things even more when I can share the experience with those I love. Some of my fondest memories were of summers spent at my Great grandmothers ranch. I would feed the chickens, gather their eggs, and then walk to that pond where I would sit and wait patiently for a catfish to tug at my fishing line. After catching two or three I would clean'em and granny would cook'em. Hence my appreciation for God and all that he created, my family, work before pleasure, good fun, and good food.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, like Joseph Smith, I too knelt and prayed to my Father in Heaven asking him to let me know the truth. I want to share that story with you but before I do, let me tell you a little bit about my life prior to that moment. I was raised of Godly parents. I was taught to pray as a small child. I knew God hears our prayers. I also knew and trusted in God that he loved me, cared about me, and wanted what is best for me. My relationship with God was very strong, and if the Mormon missionaries were teaching about Jesus Christ, I wanted to know what it was they were teaching. One day I felt moved to ask the missionaries to have dinner with my wife and I. My wife "Victoria" and I had talked about having them over to talk to us about the Mormon Church and what Mormons believed. You see, she was raised in the Methodist Church and me, well, I had been raised in the Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, a Lutheran Elementary School for 7 years, and a Catholic High School for 3 years. The one thing we both knew was, Jesus Christ had died on the cross for our sins and had resurrected. We both felt like we knew all there was to know. Strangely enough, we both felt united in a desire to know more about the Mormons and the message they were sharing. That night we had them over for dinner and it was a very comfortable feeling, having them in our home. We asked them to come back over the very next night to share their gospel message with us. That next night before they arrived, I knelt down alone in our bedroom and prayed. I asked God to bless me to know the truth. If it was not true, I didn't want to be fooled, and if it was true I did not want to miss out on the truth. That night, God answered my prayers and the message we heard was like missing pages of my life were falling in place. Things I had wondered about all my life were making perfect since. I knew without a doubt, God had answered my prayer. He witnessed it unto me through the Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

My wife and I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to raise our three children as active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has given us a great standard by which to lead our children in these latter days when things are not so defined between what is right and what is wrong. As dedicated parents, my wife "Victoria" and I have learned a great deal about Our Father in Heaven. As we have tried to teach our children, we too have learned and grown in our own personal relationships with God. As we try to be good examples to our children, we become better children of our Father in Heaven. On numerous occasions we have had opportunities to give our testimonies to the other members of our church and also to our other family members who have yet to join the church. As they hear and see the great example of love we have for each other and for Our Father in Heaven, they too are blessed and able to experience the truth of the Living Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our family has had numerous opportunities to participate in many different areas of service to members of our church who were in need of help in some way, and also to non-members in our community who were in need. Our family has also experienced the love and support of many of the members of our church through their numerous acts of kindness when we ourselves were in need of help.