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Hi I'm Jonas

I grew up on a farm. I love sports, music and politics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family. I grew up working on a dairy farm and moving irrigation pipes on early summer mornings. Even though (or maybe because) I am used to the small town life, I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures and ideas. I enjoy sharing my faith with others because of the benefits that come from mutual respect and understanding. I spent two years in North Carolina sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as a representative of my church. Since moving away from the East Coast, I have continued my college education. My experience helped me develop a passion for teaching, so I am now studying English and History education. I hope to attend law school after a few years teaching at a public high school. The path I will follow over the next several years is a little unclear, but I love history and writing, and politics has provided an avenue to fuse those passions. Outside of my interests that connect to career avenues, I love college sports and Seattle Mariner baseball. I enjoy spending time playing or watching sports with others. I can play around a bit on the piano and guitar, and I'm almost always singing.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Lord Jesus Christ and it was through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I gained a personal testimony of His divinity. My relationship with the Lord is a product of personal study and prayer, support and guidance from family and church members, and a lot of curiosity that turned into understanding and peace. The Book of Mormon and the New Testament have provided a lot of answers to questions and concerns that I've had in my life. The teachings of modern-day Apostles of the Lord have also provided the guidance and clarity that I need to live the gospel. I may struggle at times to perfectly live all that I've learned but I've come to trust that Christ's grace is sufficient for all my faults.  

How I live my faith

Serving as a missionary provided many opportunities to share my faith with others. Because I now have different responsibilities, I have to find new ways to grow and share my faith. For me, a Christian is someone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and tries to model their lives after His. It is easy to become distracted by everything that keeps us busy, but I strive to make room in my life for Christ's grace to change who I am. I think one of the most powerful ways to share Christ with others is to exemplify His love for others. The scriptures tell us a lot about the major events in Jesus' life but I wonder sometimes about what He did as He walked or met new people. I imagine He was always looking for people to serve and love, even if he did not share a lengthy sermon. We usually focus on faith, repentance and baptism as proofs of Christianity. Maybe an important part of following Christ is looking for those that will be uplifted by a simple conversation or act of kindness. Embracing those who are different and think differently from us is an essential part of developing a Christ-like nature. I want that to be my mark as a follower of Christ.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

"Mormon" is nickname for our church and its adherents and comes from the Book of Mormon. Mormon was a prophet of God who abridged a large collection of historical and religious records. Mormon's abridged account was translated by Joseph Smith during the late 1820s. We believe the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible contain the "fullness of the everlasting gospel" or more simply, what we need to understand and do to draw closer to God and be saved. Show more Show less