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Hi I'm Jon

I am an architect, grandpa, songwriter, handyman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As an architect, I have spent many years designing laboratory facilities as well as a variety of other types of projects. For the last 10 years I have managed facilities for a major state law enforcement agency. I have really enjoyed my work through the years and feel great satisfaction in the contributions I have made to better the world. My greatest love is my sweetheart wife, children, and grandchildren. We have a lot of love in our family, and fun too. We are scattered across the eastern half of the U.S. and talk frequently by phone or watch each other’s family blogs. Sometimes we visit on the computer. I have always loved music and especially enjoy songwriting. Although my main instrument is the guitar, I play the piano by ear, and also play the ukulele, banjo, recorder, and harmonica. I enjoy singing. Our children and their spouses play instruments and/or sing. We love to jam.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 16 years old when two friends invited me to attend Church with them. As I walked in the door I felt like I had come home. Everyone was friendly and accepting. I also recognized the truths that were taught, many of which I had learned when I was a young child. As I learned more about the gospel I felt more at peace. Everything fit together. But most importantly, I felt the Spirit as It became my companion and as It taught, guided, and comforted me. I know the Lord loves me and sends the good things that are in my life. I have been richly blessed. No matter where I go in the world, I have a family of loving Church members. Whenever I walk into a Church building, I am accepted and that I belong.

How I live my faith

The Church gives me many opportunities for Christian service. My wife and I serve together assisting the young single adults (age 18 to 30) in our ward (congregation). I also conduct the choir and visit each month with a few families of our ward, watching out for their needs. As Church members we also get together to help someone pack for a move, fix a house, or help with a yard project. I remember when I went with a large group of men from the Church in Atlanta to Hattiesburg, Mississippi with tents, sleeping bags, and chainsaws, to help remove downed trees and other debris from the homes and yards of victims of Hurricane Katrina. The people we served were strangers, but we soon came to love them as we served them. It was a very rewarding opportunity.