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Hi I'm Jon

I love basketball, art, and I am a Mormon

About Me

I attend BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. I am studying graphic design. I was born and raised in the best state in the country: Texas. I love to draw just about anything, although I do prefer to draw things that do not quite fit in the real world. It is my way of putting a creative twist on the world around me. Animals, people, or whatever else I can think of. I love books. My biggest frustration in the world is when someone interrupts me while I am reading a good book. I can't stand it. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for all of my life. I served a LDS mission in Salt Lake City, which a lot of people think is weird. Missionaries in Utah? I thought so too before I got into the swing of things. Going there turned out to be the best opportunity I have had. I was there to share what I know to be true. That was all, and it was worth it. I met new people and learned so much from them as I tried to talk about the Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

It is true that I was born a member of the church. I have not had to leave any other kind of lifestyle to come into this church. Regardless, I have had to find out if it is worth it to stay in the church. Simply put, it is worth it. It is worth it every second. God moves all around me. Because of the faith that I have I am able to see what he has done for me over the years. The most convincing proof that I have is the Book of Mormon. I know it to be the word of God written for our day. The Bible is also the word of God. I know that this is God's church. I have prayed about it and I have received the answer. I know it to be true. Not just for me, but for everyone.

How I live my faith

I teach lessons from time to time in my congregation. I learn more than I teach as I prepare for the class. I do not get paid for any of the time that I volunteer. It is a service I do the help others around me. Not because I am the most capable, but because the Bishop of our ward prayed and received revelation or an impression. I am where I am supposed to be. I try to read my scriptures every day as well as pray so that I can know better what God wants for me. I live this way because I believe that we are continually progressing or digressing. No plateaus. I need to have frequent if not constant connection with God if I am to progress.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jon
Our Father in Heaven is a loving God. He knows all things, He comprehends all things, and He has power over all things. God loves us more than we can imagine. He blesses us from day to day with many things that we do not recognize and many that we do. We come to know these things through building a relationship with our Heavenly Father. We do this through prayer. Prayer is a two way communication between us and our Heavenly Father. We talk to Him and He talks to us. It often times takes a while to begin to understand how he talks with us. He speaks to us through our feelings and our thoughts. Look for those feelings. Listen for the thoughts and they will come when you need them. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jon
The missionaries are there to help you understand what we believe and how you can know for yourself that this church is true. Through prayer. The missionaries convey the core doctrines of this church. That God lived, that Jesus lived and died for us, that God continues to work through a prophet as he has in the past, and that families can be together forever if the right principles are followed (faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and continuing to follow the commandments throughout your life). The missionaries will answer some of life's basic questions. Such as: where we were before we were born, why are we here on this earth today/ what is our purpose, and where we go after we die. These are some of the basic doctrines covered by the missionaries. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jon
We know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We know that He came down to the earth to suffer for our sins and carry our sorrows. Jesus Christ is central to our God's plan for us and without Jesus that plan would have failed. Jesus Christ allowed us to overcome each and every one of our personal flaws in the Atonement. The Atonement is when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He died on the Cross, and when He was finally Resurrected (or when his spirit was reunited with his body forever) after three days. This allows us to be forgiven of all of our sins, if we have faith, repent, are baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and continue to keep the commandments throughout all of our life. This is just a brief explanation as to what we know about Jesus Christ and who He is and why He is important. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jon
Missionaries go around trying to teach what we know to be true. They teach about Jesus Christ and his message of peace and hope. If you bought an appliance, tool, program, or preferred one brand over another you would probably give recommendations to your friends that were interested in the same thing. Missionaries are looking for those that are searching for something that has infinitely more value than a vacuum cleaner. The truth is worth sharing otherwise it will do no good. They will not force anyone to take what they have, but the message is important and they know it. They will do their best to give you a chance to feel what they feel about Jesus Christ. Show more Show less