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Hi I'm Jon

Born in the mountains, now I live in the Midwest. I like to run. I married my first love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have five great kids that keep us busy with baseball in the summers, band and orchestra during the school year, and everything else in between. Our family loves taking road trips and we have seen over 30 states in the last two years, with over 20,000 miles in one year alone! These trips have taken us from the Pacific to the Atlantic six weeks later, to upstate New York, Niagara Falls, Hoover Dam, New Orleans, Arches National Park, and the Gulf Coast. It seems we are always planning the next trip even before we get home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and raised in Utah, so many people might think that being an active member of the Church just comes automatically. I came to a realization as a young man that I had to learn for myself if this Church was teaching the truth. I read, studied, asked questions of my Mother, herself a convert to the Church, and my Father who is a six-generation member. My faith in this Church has grown steadily and surely and I am truly grateful for my pioneer heritage, forged by men and women who crossed the plains 150 years ago, as well as my Australian Mother and "Nana" who joined four decades ago.

How I live my faith

Today, I try to live my faith by loving my beautiful bride, raising good kids, and doing what I can to help the people around me. Living my faith means being the kind of person I am supposed to be, inside and out, the kind of man that God expects of me. It involves serving in my community, volunteering as a Scoutmaster for my local Boy Scout troop, and working hard as an emergency manager in the Midwest. It means being ready to explain who Mormons really are to my friends and colleagues who have only heard stories, and rarely positive ones. My favorite quote is from a Mormon leader, David O. McKay, who said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." When I am laid to rest, they won't print "dedicated local government employee" on my tombstone. Hopefully, it will say something like, "Devoted Husband" or "Loving Father." And if it does, I want it to be true.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

My wife and I are the closest of partners in this little adventure we call "family." We will often see issues from different angles, but we talk all the time. We make all of our big decisions together. We even make many of the menial ones together, too. It keeps us closer and we tend to avoid creating more of life's problems by ourselves. That is how my wife and I feel marriage ought to be like. We're "yolked together" so to speak. Sometimes one takes more of a lead on something than the other. No one is prodded forward, no one is dragged behind. Life works best when we are walking in step with the other. Plus, its just more fun that way! Show more Show less