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Hi I'm Jon

One wife, 3 kids, 3 jobs and 40,000 pets (I keep bees) and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the Pacific North West by way of Southern California, Provo UT, Hong Kong, Tianjin China... from sunshine with a few trees, to finally rain with lots of them. I have a job working with my in-laws, plus I own two businesses. One is a forestry company (tree removal and forest management services), the second a small fitness gym. My family and I live on an island of 10,000 people 25 minutes to the closest big city. We love our small town life. We have 5 acres of land that keeps us with too little time to get in much trouble. I speak Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese thanks to two years living in Hong Kong, university studies at BYU and one year living in Tianjin China. I love wood. I love woodworking. Following the LDS lifestyle code known as the "Word of Wisdom," all my personal discretionary money not spent on alcohol, smokes and the like I spend on tools. Am I ever a tool junkie. It all started as a newlywed when my wife agreed that I could get a table saw. I don't think she regrets that decision seeing as I am currently building her dream home. My current church duty is Second Councilor to the Young Men's President in the group we worship with.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I am a Mormon is because of the Holy Ghost. I've felt the Holy Ghost whitness to me of the divinity of Jesus Christ, the necessity of Chirst's Atonement and Saving Grage, and of the accomplishments of Joseph Smith, first Prophet in our times. For me, being a Mormon comes down to the answers I have recieved as personal revelation from the Holy Ghost. The more I experience in life, the more I discover God's Truth, and the greater my conviction of the truthfulness of the doctrine taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My love of Jesus is what propells my Christian faith. His answer to me through the Holy Ghost tells me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His restored church. Sweet and Simple!

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the little things and the big things that happen to me everyday. I am so thankful for a faith filled spouse that listens to the Still, Small Voice. For a long time it's been slow going to increase the size of our family. Just 8 months ago, I suggested to Sarah that we remove her from a maternity health insurance policy and put her on a standard one to decrease our. When I said that to her she wasn't upset or startled, but had a spiritual prompting that we shouldn't do that just yet. Neither of us were expecting or thinking that she could become pregnant due to fertility challenges. At present we are a family of four. Our second child, Truman was a miracle conception. He came to us after the miracle of adopting our daughter Anna. Just weeks after that discussion on health insurance, Sarah gave me some startling but so very welcome news. She is pregnant, and we're going to be a family of five. Hurray for Baby Max. I have a great belief that prayer is so very powerful. Recently my father-in-law had a heart attack. While in intensive care some of the hospital workers were extremly cautious regarding his chance of any recovery let alone a full one. I was there with my mother-in-law the morning Dennis had his heart attack. It actually happened at the hospital - one of God's mercies in behalf of Dennis. We entered the emergency room, and he was lying on a table unconcious. I asked to Doctors permission to give him a special blessing with holy oil anointed on his head. The spiritual power of God is what preserved his life. Heaven will be a wonderful place, but we were not ready for him to leave us. For me being LDS means approaching life with the perception that God in on our side, what ever the circumstance and doing so on a day by day basis.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jon
I heard great insight from my local church . Regarding the issue of serving as a missionary, he pointed out that serving a mission is not a saving ordinance. In other words, being a two-year full-time missionary isn't needed for enterance to Heaven. What is, is clearly outlines in scripture, begining with baptism. All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. There is no "police force" so to speak that rounds up young men for the "draft." That being said, young men are particularly encouraged to take the opportunity to be a missionary. When I was 18 I began to prepare to serve as a missionary. I felt that in a world with so much need, it was a small offering that I could make. The chance to serve as a missionary was a prevlige and a blessing, and has shaped much of my life since, and all of it for the better. Show more Show less