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Hi I'm Jonathan

I was born in Peru, grew up in Miami. I'm a Firefighter, a husband and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my beautiful wife for more than 4 years and to whom I love with all my heart. I'm a firefighter, have had the privilege to serve the community now for 2 years. I love sports, I love fitness and I get very competitive.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not born the in the church but at the age of 10 my family was introduced to the church. We were baptized and my parents became very faithful members of the church. I grew up participating in different activities of the church, I was also in the Boy Scouts. But at the age of 16, I felt that it was time to find out for myself if this church was true. I had a huge desire in my heart to read the Book of Mormon, I felt that if I read the book and received confirmation that the book was true. That it meant that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was also true. So i began this new journey, no one in my family knew of my commitment so every night before going to sleep I would lay in my bed and begin to read. I always had a red pen with me as I read, I used it to underline any verse that would inspire me. I can't tell you the numerous mornings that I woke up with red marks all over my face and drool all over the book. But I also had numerous nights in which tears would run down my face and my heart would burn like fire as I read the words in that book. As if the Lord was touching my heart in a way that I could not hold myself. I then new in my heart that the Book of Mormon was true and that the principles of the church along with it's doctrine was of God and this was His church. After graduating high school I had made another commitment to myself and it was to go and serve a mission for the church. At the age of 19, I was called on a mission; leaving my family, friends and education to dedicate 2 years of my life to the service of the Lord. My wife at times doesn't like when I say this, but those were the 2 best years of my life. Two years that would serve me as a huge lesson in my life. I served my mission with all my might, mind and strength. The desire was to let everyone know about what I knew in my heart to be true. I met people in those 2 years that I consider family and have inspired me in many different ways. My companion and I would go everyday with a good desire to help the people that would accept us in their homes. We would pray and serve these people wanting this same happiness for them. Happiness that I had thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I finished those 2 years realizing that the time I had spent serving others in reality was a time that was serving me. I'm now married to a beautiful wife whom I love and would do anything for. And my faith in Jesus Christ has helped me to become who I'm today.

How I live my faith

I'm now serving for the Youth of the church, I have to say that I admire these kids. I say that I admire them because these are kids have shown me that they stand up for truth and righteousness. They also push me to become better, I feel that if I'm going to teach these kids about life that I must first live according to what I preach and set an example. I'm also grateful for the great calling that I have in my job as a firefighter, everyday on the job I'm allowed to give some type of service when others are in need. I have also participated in radio shows or gone to schools in which I have been given the opportunity to educate the public about fire safety. I've also volunteered in different local events to help others. Anytime there is a opportunity to serve, I want to be there to assist.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jonathan
No, no one is required to do anything. Actually the church encourages our youth to consider going on a mission. A young man can go on a mission when he is 19 and for the young woman at the age of 21. You should also know that no one is paid to be on a mission. The young people that you see riding bikes on the streets or going around knocking on doors, actually paid out of their pocket or family and friends sponsor them to be out sharing what they believe in their hearts to be true. Show more Show less