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Hi I'm Jon Michael

I'm a California Kid, I feel most normal with a guitar in my hands, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I found interest in music at a young age, listening to alternitive rock bands from my older brothers. It wasn't until my older brothers purchased a used guitar and began to play in bands that I realized someone like myself could even do that. In High School I began to sing for multiple different bands and since have devolped skill in drums, bass guitar, but mostly eletric guitar. While my every day life is filled with practice, work, family, and friends, I make sure that I spend quality time focused on my Savior through prayer and study of The Book of Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon and always had a knowldedge of the gospel. Infact I was usually picked on for keeping to my faith. Through many different personal trials I decided I wanted to understand life through the eyes of everyone else and began to join in on different activities. For a while I enjoyed what I thought was freedom but soon found heart break and lonliness with nothing for real sincere comfort. I felt promptings multiple times from family, member friends, church leaders and even my own conscience to change my ways and return to what I had already known. But I didn't. I fought that idea over and over thinking that I could not be forgiven or accepted into a religious lifestyle nor did I want that help. For several years I lived feeling empty, not wanting anyone to look to me as anything more than a fun guy to be around. I wasn't an example for anything nor wanted responsibility to anything. But I was. I was an example to the church in which I belong and of the sadness that comes from knowingly defying God. Today I am happy to tell you that through much repentance, support and fellowship from church members, I was able to over come my issues and have felt the mercies of God. I know this church is true. The Book of Mormon is scripture and any one person can grow closer to God from reading it. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify of it's truthfulness, that Joesph Smith was a prophet and that we have today modern day prophets to lead and guide us. There is a peace in my life and a joy in my heart that I would invite all to seek for themselves.

How I live my faith

Sometimes, I live full and happy knowing that God loves me and has some unseen blessings waiting for me. Other times, I have to take things day by day. But the unfailing source of my hope is that I have a Savior who has been there before for me. When I study the scriptures, go to church, and in my prayers, I can feel his love for me.

What is faith?

Jon Michael
Faith to me is comprised of 3 things. First comes belief followed by hope. When you can believe in God and hope for him to be there and that he loves you, you begin to recognize the divinity of everything around you. But the key ingrediant is trust. When you have faith in God, you trust in him that he knows you and is evermindful of you. And once you trust him, you have the courage to take the action to live that better life that only fear can hold you back from. Fear not, but be believing. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jon Michael
Grace is now. It's everywhere. It is by the grace of Jesus Christ's life and sacrifice that we can be forgiven. And so, to be able to take part in His grace, we need to excercise faith unto repentance. God has done everything and will do everything we need to be saved, except choose for us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jon Michael
We don't worship Joeseph Smith, but rather recognize the important role he played in bringing Jesus Christ's church here on earth again. We hold him in the same regard today, as did the Jewish community held Moses in times past. He was a prophet of God who performed mighty miracles in accomplishing the Lord's will, here on earth. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jon Michael
How do you come to know anyone? You may sit and observe the things he does, and as you do, you get and idea of how he works and what seems to be important to him. You can visit his home, and observe how he is organized. You can begin to sense the atmosphere he would have. And ultimately, you would talk to him, and read of his writtings. A very real relationship is necessary to know him. So we should do what we would normally do to build one with him. Establish trust by abiding by his commandments and seeking to understand him through church, scriptures, and prayer. Show more Show less