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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a husband and father. I'm a physician/scientist. I work at a large University Medical School. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my early 40's, a father of four, husband of one. I'm an academic OB/GYN doctor in the midwestern US. I have worked extensively with the Boy Scouts of America. I love to run (7 half marathons and 2 full), snow ski and scuba dive.

Why I am a Mormon

The easiest answer is because I was raised Mormon. The real answer is because I have learned for myself the truth. You can only live on your parents' answers and their faith for a short time. As a teen-ager, my parents seemed to know less and less what it was like to be an adolescent and young adult. I began to question what they had always taught me and had to find out for myself. I began reading the Book of Mormon daily--every day no matter what time. I began to believe more fully and love what Jesus Christ did for me. I felt the Holy Ghost more and learned to recognize his influence. I wasn't perfect and I didn't see visions or perform any major miracles, but I developed the ability to feel the Holy Ghost confirm truth and to feel when He didn't confirm truth. I still use that ability today, combined with study and knowledge, in all aspects of my life as husband, father, physician and friend.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an "example of the believers". I volunteer my time in the community and the world. I strive to be a good husband and father. I teach by example and hope that others will follow, especially the youth in our Boy Scout troop.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jon
Short answer, because we believe God said not too. The revelation was originally received in the 1830's, before we knew any of the harmful effects of tobacco use or alcohol use. In the 1850's, additional clarification was given of the definition of "hot drinks" to mean coffee and tea (from tea leaves, not from roots). While we now know of the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol and only a few of the harmful effects of coffee (increased miscarriage in women who drink more than 2 cups a day to name one), the main reason we don't use these things, is because of our faith in living prophets who have said that we should not drink these products. More importantly, the revelation also contains what we SHOULD eat and drink. Long before any modern research on nutrition, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith what foods were good for us and by following this revelation (both the "do's" and the "don'ts"), our bodies can be healthy and we can enjoy more of life. I see the effects of not following this counsel daily and I see the limitations people have given themselves by not eating healthy. Amazing that almost 200 years ago, God told us what to eat and drink to be healthy (even if you're not Mormon). Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jon
Currently, no. In the past, yes. It is a long and winding history that has been more than adequately (and maybe inadequately in some sources) written about in the past. A better question would be why did the Mormons practice polygamy and why did they quit. In short, they did it because they had faith that Jesus Christ was talking to his living prophet and that the practice (to start and to stop) was a commandment of God. How did they develop that faith? By reading the word of God and following his other commandments. By doing these things and receiving the blessings that came, they were able to keep these commandments, having the Holy Ghost testify of the truth and knowing they would be blessed for following this and any other commandments. Show more Show less