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Hi I'm Jonathan

I love guitar, I love sports, I love science, and because I love Jesus Christ, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a missionary. Previously I was a college student studying engineering. I chose engineering because I love math, science, and I wanted to do something that I felt had the chance of seriously affecting someone's quality of life. I love all sports, but especially soccer, and I spent a large part of my time playing guitar. I have three older brothers, who are all fantastic examples to me, and the four of us love to sing music together with my father as my mother accompanies us on the piano. I have a strong belief in the power of music. I chose to leave those things that I love behind for two years because more importantly I have a strong testimony of the reality of the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he is the Son of God. He came to this earth, showed us a perfect example of how to live, and then suffered for our sins, pain, and sorrows so that we can repent, be comforted, and return to live with God again. He has done so much for me in my life that I wanted to give him two years of my life to share that joy with other people. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and my Eternal Father in heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but that isn't why I am a Mormon. Although my parents, brothers, and most of my extended family are all members, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints goes so much deeper than that. I am a member of this church because I love my savior Jesus Christ. There have been times in my life when I felt as if nothing in the world could make me happy. I'd cry in my bed at night and feel hollow during the day as if life had no purpose. The leaders of the church in my area helped me move past those feelings, however. They brought me to Christ, and ultimately helped me see how the Lord could heal my pain, and He did. There is a moment in my life in which, after much suffering, I turned to Christ and he flooded my soul with the most inexpressible joy and peace. As I knelt to him in prayer he took away all of my pain, and all I could do was thank him for the wonderful joy He had freely given me, even when it wasn't deserved. I can't imagine my life without the gospel, as it is the very reason for my joy and the purpose of my being. I wait for the day when I can start a family together forever in the temple of God and become a righteous father. I am a Mormon because it is my savior Jesus Christ's gospel.

How I live my faith

I currently am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am serving the Lord in the country of The Philippines and am honored to bear his name and represent him as I spread his gospel. I chose to give those two years of my faith because I wanted to share the joy that came from the gospel in my life with others. I live my faith by reading the scriptures and praying every day, and by constantly striving to become more Christlike. I try to remember to be humble, loving, virtuous, and always diligent and obedient to the things that the Lord has told me to do. Previously to serve a mission, I strove to live my faith in a couple of different ways. When I was at college, I served as a member of the leadership group which watches over all of the Men in the ward. I would strive to do all I could to make us better men and prepare us to all be good missionaries, husbands, and fathers - as we were all single men. I would do what we call Home Teaching in the church, that is that another man and I were assigned to a specific appartment that we were to watch over and make sure were always doing alright. Once a month we would go over and share a spiritual message with them, make sure they were doing ok, and then throughout the week try to befriend them and uplift them. The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about serving others - whether at home or on a mission - and doing all that you can to uplift them and strengthen them.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jonathan
Think of this scenario: You're driving down the freeway going ten miles over the speed limit when suddenly you hear sirens. Frustrated, you pull over, only to realize that the "officer" which comes to your window is no more than an ice cream truck driver. He informed you that because you were speeding he was giving you a ticket. Does he have the right? Even though you were speeding and you do deserve a ticket, he doesn't have the authority to act in the government's name. The same goes for baptism and other ordinances in the Lord's church. Even though baptism is a good thing and is necessary, it can only be performed by those who have been given authority from God to act in His name. In the church we call this authority the "Priesthood." It has been present in both ancient and modern times. In the new testament Jesus Christ gave His apostles this authority (see John 15:16). They used this authority to direct His church after He was gone. Eventually, however, they died and were unable to pass this authority on to new disciples of Christ. In modern times this authority was restored in pieces to Joseph Smith the prophet. The first piece, called the Aaronic Priesthood, was given to him by John the Baptist and gave him the authority to baptize. The second piece, called the Melchizedek Priesthood, was given to him by the apostles Peter, James, and John and gave him authority to preside over the Church and perform all ordinances. Show more Show less