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Hi I'm Jonathan

I ask God hard questions all the time because I believe He wants me to understand as much as I am willing to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural southwest Wisconsin as the 11th of 12 children, but the second of only two boys. I had a rocky teenage life but eventually decided to do an unselfish thing and serve a Mormon mission to Hong Kong. After coming back to the U.S. I studied English literature and Chinese and then decided to go to law school and business school. I'm a father of two boys and one girl, and I can't wait until they're old enough to play soccer with me. I play sports in the mornings at our church building with friends - both Mormon and those not of my faith. I like to have an eclectic group of friends. I'd learn every language on the planet if I could find someone to pay me to do it. I'd like to write novels someday, but if it comes down to writing or playing with my family, I'm always going to choose the latter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon house and always felt like God expected a lot from me, but I did not know whether I was strong enough to do all that I knew He wanted me to do. Looking back, I can recall several experiences where I felt so vulnerable that I was driven to my knees for protection or comfort. The remarkable thing was that these were situations I created through my own recklessness or carelessness. But I learned that the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ compensate for my personal weaknesses and situations beyond my control. And I believe that my personal relationships with God my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ keep me hopeful through every dark day and smiling through the bright ones. I learn how to build and maintain this strong foundation through the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

I help make sure that the spiritual and physical needs of the young families in our congregation are met. I regularly make home visits to take people food and clothing and leave them with an uplifting spiritual message. I enjoy this intimate time with people because that is when they open up the most, and it is where I have made some amazing friends in locations and among people who I otherwise would not have met. I also like to take my six year-old son with me on these visits to show him how important it is that he be a friend to everyone who he meets. It is at these times more than any others that I feel like I am walking in the Master's footsteps, and it is a crucial part of my weekly worship.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes! I love the Bible, especially the New Testament. The Bible was written by prophets who were inspired of God to write as they were influenced by the Holy Spirit of God. It is a record of people who were just like us, minus advanced technology. But the more I read the Bible the more I see the same undercurrents running through it as I read in the Book of Mormon: be faithful, be grateful, be true to God; love the Savior of the world and follow Him and you will be saved together with those you love. To me the Bible is the strong bedrock that the gospel of Jesus Christ is built upon. Without the Bible, we would all have turned away from God long ago. It feels good to my soul when I read it, and I know that without it I would not understand how crucial all books of scripture are to my faith's foundation. Show more Show less