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Hi I'm Jon

I'm been to over 28 countries. I've been Mennonite and Buddhist and New Age. And at last...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Father of 3 small children. I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, reading and making home movies. I have an MBA from Thunderbird School of Business and would like to take my family to Africa or South America to serve as a volunteer to the native populations. I believe in living sustainably and have a large garden that supplements my families' diet. My wife and I love to sing and we have composed a piece of music unique to each of our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I think I always was a "Mormon" growing up, I just didn't know it because I was going to a different Church who taught different things. I remember that I came to feel the Holy Ghost in my church's Youth Group and became converted to Christ early on. However, I remember conversations with Christian friends where we would say, "I feel so enlightened on mission trips or after youth conferences, but it always seems to fade away in time." A hunger for the Spirit in my life led me to find a way to keep that Spirit continuously with me. I searched the world over, looking in Buddhism and many derivatives of the New Age movement for inner peace and for something I could believe in whole-heartedly but never found true fulfillment in these paths. One day, while fasting during a camping trip, I prayed to the "Universe" to show to me the true nature of things. I committed then and there to go wherever the truth may be, even if it let me to strange places. Little did I know... 1 month later I met my future wife who showed me by example that the Spirit of God can be with a person continuously. She shared with me how to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost myself. I read the Book or Mormon and, after much pondering and questioning, came to a point of decision. I prayed a sincere prayer for confirmation and was granted a manifestation from Heavenly Father. Soon after I converted and was baptized. I have never looked back.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my church. I have been involved in Boy Scouts, teaching Sunday School to the youth and I have other administrative callings in the church. My family and I seek out opportunities to help neighbors and friends through service opportunities and regular visitation to the needy.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I served a mission 1 year after being baptized. I, as others, was expected to fund my own mission. When I was baptized I didn't have a dime to my name. After committing to serve for 2 years, the Lord worked miracles to help me save over $10,000 in under 1 year! Not only that, but my post mission life has been enormously blessed (both spiritually and financially) because I obeyed the prompting of the Spirit and made sacrifices for the Gospel. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Probably because we are of "one mind, and one spirit". While we are unique in our personalities, we are also all the same in our testimonies of the Savior, of the Restoration of the Gospel, of the Book of Mormon and Bible, etc. Unless God was the initiator of this Church, nothing else could explain why so many people are unified in belief and willing to experience such an intense shared sacrifice for the cause of Christ. Unless of course, they were all brainwashed ;-) Then again, God wants us to try to keep pure hearts and minds, so maybe a good "brainwashing" is what everybody needs. Show more Show less

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

I all comes back to service. As disciples of Christ, we have a responsibility to not only meet our own physical and spiritual needs, but also be in a position to share with others. In places like the U.S., the need tends to be more spiritual, and having a abundance of Spiritual strength can allow a person to help others through difficult times. In other parts of the world where I have been, being self reliant and having food storage has proven to be extremely beneficial to faithful members who often find themselves in position where they can bless the lives of others. Show more Show less