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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised along the Wasatch front, I am one that has twice left the state and twice returned. I love the landscape and easy access to so much of the beauty of the mountains, lakes, canyons, and dessert. I spent two years in North Carolina serving a mission for the Church. I also spent a couple of years in the San Fernando Valley, attempting a career on the Big Stage (better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all). Speaking of love...I married the most beautiful woman in the world and together we have 3 incredible children that remind us constantly of how blessed we are. I enjoy being active in the outdoors, especially: boating, wakeboarding, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, and site seeing. I play the drums and piano. I love playing most all sports, but I'm paying my dues for not keeping up on my exercising and playing victim to my wife’s excellent cooking (Yes...it's all her fault!). I enjoy playing board and card games with family and friends, particular European Strategy games. It's a great alternative to movies and video games that don't allow for as much interaction and quality time. I went to a community college for a couple of years, then graduated with a degree in Business. I went on (out of sheer convenience) to get an MBA. I've worked the last 22 years for the same transportation company. I've worked in operations, management, and sales. It's been a great company to work for and has been a great blessing to our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I confess that for all the good examples I've had in my life, I sure struggled to emulate that good. My friends and I seemed to gravitate so easily towards trouble. I don’t know that it was our intent to fight against the things our parents held so dear, as much as it just seemed that we were naturally gifted to seek out creative adventures and alternatives to the norm. My conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly comes as a derivative of my quest for happiness. While thrill seeking had provided its adrenaline rushes, I began realizing that my path was leaving me empty of purpose, feeling, and direction. I had been taught that lasting happiness was to be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I struggled with that concept because, surprisingly few people I saw at Church, actually looked happy. It was difficult for a teenager to balance what I was being told with what I was witnessing. I later discovered that church wasn't a "rest home for the righteous, but sanctuaries for sinners." Fortunately however, there were a few that had convinced me that they truly had found the secret to happiness. They seemed to glow. They seemed to be always happy and smiling. They seemed to genuinely care about others…about me. Husband and wife were madly in love with each other. I wanted what they had so I began studying, praying, pondering, and seeking for guidance from God. I found what I was looking for. God does hear and answer the prayers of those who honestly seek, to not only learn, but to follow the direction of their learning. As I continued this pattern of asking and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my life, I was quickly lead to the path of happiness and my vision for life has become very clear. Happiness comes in the wake of the Savior. Follow the Savior and find lasting happiness. It’s that simple! Follow anyone or anything else, and be prepared to settle. I'm a Mormon because I've found happiness in following the Savior.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the Spiritual leader of a congregation of believers and strugglers. Although I did not directly ask for this opportunity, I did ask the Lord to use me as He saw fit. I receive great satisfaction in helping others who struggle spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically. It’s a great blessing to help the Lord by helping others to repent and make positive changes in their lives. It’s difficult to top the joy that comes from seeing people discover the path of happiness; the path of following the Savior. Much of my adult service to the Lord has been with the youth in our area, particularly the young men, in the Scouting programs. I have served in many roles both locally and on the district level. Young men are our future and they are looking for heroes and role models. They need direction and proof sources that living the Gospel really does bring happiness. I hope my efforts and example have and continue to reinforce the lessons the Savior wants these young men to learn. I have been able to teach a “Marriage and Family Relations class” and have learned more than I believe I ever shared. I still have a long way to go in being the husband and father God wants me to be, but I believe I see the path much more clearly now. In our family, we have daily family prayer both morning and night. As a family we either read or quote memorized scriptures with each other every night. We come together every Monday night to enjoy time together, re-enforcing gospel principles, sharing in fun activities, and enjoying treats together. This practice has helped keep our family closer and protected from the negative influences of the world. Keeping the focus on the family first, helps to put everything else in perspective and balance.