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Hi I'm Jonny Harmer

I'm a CFO, I love the Southern California sun, I am Dodger fan, a private pilot and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy just about any outdoor sport and living in So Cal makes it easy to enjoy beautiful weather year-round. I help coach little league baseball for my sons and cheer for my daughters in their dance recitals. I am the Chief Financial Officer for a real estate investment company so the last few years have been very challenging professionally, but have helped me appreciate what is most important in life. I blow off steam by cycling ( I have a few centuries under my belt), reading, or watching a good movie with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe we all have purpose in our lives. I believe we are on this earth by choice, instead of by accident, and trust in a living and loving God. I believe in Christ as my Savior and believe the doctrines taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will help me return to Him someday.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of my everyday life. Not everybody needs religion or faith to be a good person, but my faith certainly helps me to be a better person. In my interactions with friends and neighbors, I try to be kind, generous and honest. My wife and I love sharing our faith with others through little acts of kindness (hosting a neighborhood breakfast on the 4th of July, or playing "Secret Santa" to a family in need) and enjoy learning about the faith of others. Recently, I was asked to serve as the Mormon equivalent of a Pastor or Minister which means I have the responsibility of caring for the needs of the members of our congregation. When my son found out about the position, he said "...Dad, that is a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because you get to help people. It's bad because you will be spending time away from us..." His comment is right on, but because God gave me everything I have, I am happy to give service, and time, to help those in need.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jonny Harmer
The church has not practiced polygamy for the past 100 years. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Jonny Harmer
Mormons believe we have a living, loving, Heavenly Father who sent his son Jesus Christ to bear our sins, show us a perfect example of love and service, and to provide a way for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. We believe we have a purpose in this life, and that obedience to the laws and commandments God has given us will provide us with lasting happiness and help us to fulfill our purpose. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jonny Harmer
I believe faith is a blessing to those who are obedient. If anybody wants to increase his or her faith in Jesus Christ, live his teachings, learn about his life, and try to live the way he did. All of those actions will lead to a greater love for Jesus Christ and more faith in him as our Savior. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jonny Harmer
The "First Vision" refers to God the Father and Jesus Christ visiting Joseph Smith for the first time. This occurred in the year 1820 in response to Joseph's prayer concerning which church he should join. Just as the great prophets of the Bible received revelation from the heavens, we believe that Joseph Smith was visited and called as a prophet to restore Christ's church on the earth. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jonny Harmer
Giving service is an essential part of why we are here on the earth. By asking Mormons to spend time in their lives doing what paid clergy would otherwise do, we are given many opportunities to serve others. By visiting the sick, caring for the elderly or needy, teaching a lesson in Sunday school, or helping a friend move into a new home, we learn to give our time and energy to others, as Christ did. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jonny Harmer
The priesthood is the authority from God to act in his name while performing ordinances (such as baptism) and while providing service to others. While we do not need the priesthood to serve, we do need the priesthood to act in God's name. Show more Show less