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Hi I'm Jon

I know the Church is true

About Me

I am a Systems Engineer and have been in the Information Technology field for about 15 years. I served in Osaka, Japan as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was there I had the blessing of learning a whole new culture and gained an appreciation for my testimony and the light and inspiration it brings to my life. I grew up in the church in a middle class family. We were always blessed with everything we needed, no doubt due to the faith and diligence of my parents. I now have a family of my own and I can only hope my children look at the example I set and want to stay strong in the church. My wife is a wonderful lady from Japan, converted to the church while studying English at a school in Utah. I am glad that she chose to listen to the missionaries and that she stayed faithful to her covenants so we were able to marry in the temple for time and all eternity. Life is never easy, but I am so thankful that I have a testimony of the gospel and of the role of my Savior Jesus Christ in my life. That knowledge and testimony has helped me weather the storm during the rough parts of life. My testimony and gratitude of being blessed with this knowledge increases each day that I follow the example that the Savior set for me. I know these things are true.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and always attended for as long as I can remember. I was blessed with very faithful parents who were always diligent about taking us to church. I learned the gospel at a young age, but until I gained a testimony of my own, was living off the knowledge and testmonies of others. When I was in High School, my dad challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and pray whether it was really true or not. I knew that I needed to do that and really seek an answer for myself. I had learned about that principle of gaining my own testimony from a young age, but I never really challenged it myself. I never doubted that the church was true, but also never asked Heavenly Father to grant me that personal knowledge. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed each day. I knew every time I read it that the words were absolutely true, that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God and translated the golden plates through the power of God. And I knew that Jesus Christ had indeed walked on this earth, had taught people these principles, had blessed the sick and healed the lame, and I absolutely knew that he suffered for my sins and provided me a path to return to my Father in Heaven. That knowledge and testimony is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life. That may not mean bearing my testimony to every person I meet. In fact, I will say that I don't share my testimony enough. However, I do try to show in all my actions that I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. Always being kind to others in everything I do. Helping and serving others, whether they have asked for it or not. Keeping my thoughts and actions pure to avoid temptation. Making sure I look for every opportunity to teach my children how things in the world can tie back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Serving diligently in my calling, whatever that may be, to support my Priesthood leaders.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jon
Jesus was the only perfect person to ever walk the face of the earth. Yet, in order to show obedience to the commandments of our Heavenly Father, he sought out John the Baptist to be baptized. He sought out John because John had been given the authority to baptize people on this earth. Baptism is an eternal covenant and the only way to make something eternal is through the power and authority given from Heavenly Father. In a modern example, no person would ever let a person just wearing doctors clothes perform an operation on them. A doctor has been educated, trained, and experienced in his field and someone cannot imitate that by simply putting on doctors clothes. Much like that, someone cannot perform ordinances on God's behalf just because they read the Bible, or went to a religious school. Only God can grant someone the authority to perform ordinances on His behalf. And only ordinances performed by that authority can be bound both on earth and in heaven. That is why the proper authority is so important with baptism and all the other ordinances we perform in the church. Show more Show less