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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a hiker, climber and a camper. I love big families. I teach high school Spanish for a living. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in Colorado, I'm the eighth of ten children. After graduating from high school, and studying for a year in college, I left on a mission to serve the Lord in Santiago, Chile. I fell in love with the people, and the language. Now I'm a college graduate teaching Spanish at a charter school in North Carolina. Growing up in Colorado I had a lot of exposure to camping, hiking, and other outdoor sports. I grew to love rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping. I love the peace and quiet that you find deep in the wilderness. I feel closer to Christ, the creator of all things. In my adventures I have come to realize that despite all of the skills I acquire, I am very much in his hands, and I cannot deny his power. I have learned to put my trust in Him, and he makes up for the rest. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I grew up in a Latter Day Saint home. I am the eighth of ten children. My parents and siblings taught me the gospel through their example. I didn't come to my own personal conviction of the truthfulness of this message until my brother that I was closest to left on his mission. He was my best friend. We did everything together. I couldn't understand why he would leave me for two years. Before he left I saw him studying the scriptures more than he usually did, and doing other things to prepare for his service. I decided that I would do what I had been taught to do in church and at home. I read the book of Mormon all the way through, and prayed to know for myself whether or not it was true. There was never a specific moment where I definitively knew it was true, but rather a gradual swelling in my heart, and mind. Through the course of reading, my personal conviction grew. I knew and still know that Christ is the Lord, that he suffered and died for us, that he wants us to know the way and follow him back to our Heavenly Father. Every day this testimony has grown as I strive to do what Christ taught.

How I live my faith

I try to be as involved as I can. I go to church on Sundays. On Thursdays I go to what we call Institute which is basically a bible study class for young adults. I do my best to fulfill the different services that I have been asked to do. We call these callings. One of them I have been asked to do is to be a scout master to 11 year old boys who are just entering Boy Scouts. I help get them started on their journey toward Eagle Scout. I teach them the principles taught by Scouting, and our church, and I get the pleasure of introducing many of them to the outdoors. I also teach doctrines of our gospel in a Sunday school class with other single members that are my age. Together we discuss the scriptures, what they are teaching us, and the things that we must do to live by their teachings. Since many of us don't have family here in the area, we get together to have our own "family" night on Monday nights where we have a short devotional, play games, and eat awesome food I love food. It's a good way not only to get to know one another, but to uplift each other in times of need. We all plan on doing these things with our own families once we have them, so in a way, it is training for the future so that we can have strong family ties.