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Hi I'm Jonas

I'm a father, a husband, a Registered Nurse, a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello!! I was born and raised in northern California. I am the oldest of three children. I served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paris, France--that was one the greatest experiences of my life. I grew to love the people of France and especially the pastries!! I love good food. I was blessed to marry a wonderful woman. We have three children and I love going on walks with my family. I also enjoy going swimming and taking my kids swimming. When I was younger my Mother was worried about us kids knowing how to swim, so every morning during the summer weekdays, we would take a drive out to the local community college and there my instructor, Phoebe, would teach us how to swim. She was a great lady. I recall doing many laps up and down the pool and being absolutely exhausted. I also enjoy reading. I love to read and gain knowledge. Sometimes I enjoy watching the news and learning about what is going on in the world and especially what is happing in politics. In 2014, my third child, Sheri-Rose, also known as, Rosie, passed away in my arms at home due to an unknown disease process. That was one of the hardest experiences of my life. She was 8 months old. None of the doctors and specialists could figure out what what was wrong with her. I think of her often and miss her so much. I graduated with a Business Management degree, and another degree in Nursing and currently work as a Registered Nurse. I enjoy helping people.

Why I am a Mormon

There is within each of us, the Light of Christ--to know right from wrong. I am a Mormon because what I have learned through personal study, I feel to be true. When I was baptized at the age of 8, I recall a great feeling of peace that came over me. I remember my dad, who by the way, baptized me, asking me in the restroom/locker room just following my baptism, "How do you feel?" I told him, "I feel like I am walking on air!" It was one of the sweetest experiences of my life. I still remember those strong feelings several years later. Choosing to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Walking in a "newness of life" after baptism and confirmation is a life-long process not an event. I am a Mormon, because I know that a boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees that we now called Sacred, and there he prayed to know which church to join. In answer to his prayer, he saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He learned then, that the true church of Jesus Christ was not yet on the earth. In time, the Lord restored his gospel through the instrumentality of the boy Joseph Smith who was called to be a prophet. I know he was a prophet of God. I am a Mormon because the Priesthood (the power and authority of God) has been given to man to perform ordinances such as baptism. I am a Mormon because of the joy that I feel when I attend Church and partake of the sacrament each Sunday.

How I live my faith

I love the Lord Jesus Christ. He has done more for me and for you than we can even fathom. He is the Rock upon which I build my faith and whom I strive to follow everyday. I live my faith by reading my scriptures each day and trying to apply the teachings of the gospel in my life. Too often, as I share my faith, many individuals strive to take a scientific or historical approach to reading the scriptures. To me, if you follow this method, you may miss the simplicity of learning the true gospel of Jesus Christ. It is beautifully simple and simply beautiful. I love to share the gospel with others. I love to serve in the church and accept callings from our Priesthood leaders. We do not get paid for the service rendered because we do it for the Lord, whose church it is. Sometimes I serve on Sundays and other times I serve a few hours during the week. I feel like the blessings I receive from serving far outweigh anything that I contribute. I also strive to be a good husband and father. I am not perfect, but striving to love my wife and my children is a major part of my life. I also strive to love others and look past their faults. I strive to be obedient to the commandments of God. When I keep the commandments I feel an inner peace and a confidence that is worth everything to me.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jonas
We follow Jesus Christ. He has set the example for each of us. We must be cleansed from sin. Being cleansed from sin is necessary if we are to return home to a God who is clean and pure after we pass on from this mortal life. Baptism is but one step in the process and is required to enter into the Kingdom of God and become members of the Church. At some point almost any Christian will tell you that he or she has ALREADY been baptized. Even though a person has already been baptized (ie: when they were an infant), they will need to be baptized again by one who holds the Priesthood and authority of God. Jesus Christ has died for our sins and has set the law whereby we can have our sins conditionally remitted. "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are first faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second repentance, third baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and fourth laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Article of Faith #4). We are then on the path to receiving salvation from our sins. Doing it with proper authority is the real key. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Jonas
Great question...a brother-in-law of mine asked his mother, "Is Mormonism the only way to salvation?" I would like to respond to his question as well by simply saying, "Yes!" I love this remark by President Joseph F. Smith (former president of the Church), "I desire to say that 'Mormonism,' as it is called, is still as always, nothing more and nothing less than the power of God unto salvation, unto every soul that will receive it honestly and obey it. I say to you, my brethren, sisters and friends, that all Latter-day Saints, wherever you find them, provided they are true to their name to their calling and to their understanding of the gospel, are people who stand for truth and for honor, for virtue and for purity of life, for honesty in business and in religion; people who stand for God and for his righteousness, for God's truth and his work in the earth, which aims, for the salvation of the children of men, for their salvation from the evils of the world, from the pernicious habits of wicked men and from all those things that degrade, dishonor or destroy; or tend to lessen the vitality and life, the honor and godliness among the people of the earth" (Gospel Doctrine, p.72). Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jonas
This law is very dear to me. Chastity is sexual purity. When we are absolute chaste we are morally clean in our thoughts, words, and actions (you almost have to let that sink in a little bit). Ultimately, we must not have any sexual relations outside of marriage and we must be completely faithful within marriage. Our Father in Heaven is a God of order. He has blessed us with the power to procreate. When we abuse this power by being immoral, we displease God. In addition, those who fail to keep this law will soon find that their relationship will sour quickly. They may even feel guilt, shame, fear, jealousy, and hate. In contrast, those who faithfully obey the law of chastity can have more trust and love and their commitment to one another increases. One of the sweetest truths I learned about this law is that, like other laws God has given, this law is given for our protection. He wants us to live a life of happiness and joy, not one of misery, regret, and shame. This law is so important that He has taught that it is next murder. Unfortunately, we cannot repair virtue (which is one of the reasons this sin is so serious), but nonetheless there is a way back--it is called repentance. Through our Savoir, Jesus Christ, an immoral act(s) can be repented of and a person can be made clean and pure. In the Church an immoral act should be reported to a Priesthood leader. He will be able to assist in the repentance process. Though repentance may be difficult, the way back is necessary. Show more Show less