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Hi I'm Jonathan

I love the outdoors, I am a hiker and backpacker, I'm an engineer, I am a grandfather, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for over 44 years and have 7 children and 14 grandchildren. I like hiking and backpacking where I get to practice primitive living and wilderness skills. I also enjoy taking pictures of the wonderful landscapes of the mountains and deserts where I frequently travel. I love music and collecting musical instruments. My career was as a manufacturing engineer in automobile and aerospace. My wife and I are currently serving as a senior missionary couple in southcentral Utah where we also reside.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that were already members of the church. I am descended from Mormon pioneers, many of whom suffered great hardships getting to where they could freely live their religion. I continue to be a Mormon because I have a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is taught in this church. My testimony is founded on faith in what I have been taught by my parents, teachers and leaders. It is fortified by my own temporal and spiritual experiences. I have felt the power of prayers being said in my behalf. I have witnessed the life changes that have taken place in myself and others as we strive to live the teachings and commandments of the Savior. I have felt the undeniable confirmation of the Holy Ghost as I have studied, prayed about and lived the doctrines of the church.

How I live my faith

I attend Church on Sunday and partake of the Sacrament. The ordinance of the Sacrament, which involves partaking of bread and water in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, reminds me of the sacrifice He made for me by suffering and dying for my sins. Occasionally I am asked to speak in a church meeting or teach a class. I have taught classes of adults, youth, children and even helped in the nursery. Everyone gets to help out like this and in doing so, we all get to learn new things and expand our talents. Even the leadership of the congregation is chosen from the members. There is no paid clergy in our church. The Church is sustained by the voluntary donations of time and money. I regularly pay tithing and other monitary offerings. These offerings are paid in a confidential manner so that no one can know how much anyone else is contributing. There is never a collection taken during meetings.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jonathan
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the first of Heavenly Father's children so He is our elder brother. Before we were born we lived with God in the pre earth life. There we knew Jesus and He knew and loved us. When we were sent to this earth and given mortal bodies, we were also given the gift of agency. Agency is the means of being able to make our own choices. This wonderful gift of agency would allow us to think and act for ourselves but some of our choices could also make us stumble and fail. Some of our failures would be impossible to atone for on our own. We needed a mediator. Jesus agreed to be a mediator for us. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane that night before his crucifixion He took upon Himself all of our burdens. He suffered for our transgressions. He sweat blood from every pore. Then He allowed Himself to be brutally executed. His body lay in a tomb for three days and then He was resurrected. Jesus overcame physical death. Jesus suffered for our sins to satisfy justice and extend us mercy. He is our mediator between sin and justice. We acept Jesus' mercy and grace by following Him and living the best we can. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jonathan
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been called "Mormons" since the earliest days of the establishment of the church. It was often spoken as a term of disparagement by the church's detractors. The term refers to our belief in the Book of Mormon, a book of scripture which was primarily written down by an ancient american prophet named Mormon and later translated by the prophet Joseph Smith with God's divine assistance. Many people still think that we worship Mormon, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. This is an easily mistaken conclusion especially given the fact that the church has embraced the term and made it part of it's brand (as in "Mormon Tabernacle Choir" for example). We are not "Mormons" but are in fact members of Christ's church in the latter-days as is designated by the official name of the church. We worship Jesus Christ and believe that we are members of the same church He established. We believe in the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is another testament that further testifies of Jesus' life and Atonement. Show more Show less