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Hi I'm Jon

I am a retired educator having served as a teacher, principal and superintendent. I love the Lord and am grateful to be a Mormon!

About Me

I love helping children and youth of all ages! I have spent over 30 years in education and have loved every minute of it. I am married and have three beautiful children and one remarkable grand child. I enjoy sports of all kinds and try to stay active in participating in many of them. I collect sports memorabilia and especially enjoy adding championship rings and player jerseys to my collection (when I can find them!). Being with my family in any setting, but especially when we are hiking, skiing, boating, playing games, going to Church or just sitting around a fire roasting marshmallows gives me my greatest joy.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 29 years ago when we were 27. Two missionaries knocked on our door stating they were sharing a message about the Savior and would we be interested in hearing it. I did not know anything about the Mormon Church but I was so excited to learn! What a sweet spirit these two great missionaries brought with them. I had wondered for some time about the whole "to death 'till you part" portion of our marriage vows we entered into four years prior to the missionaries showing up on our door step. It didn't seem right or fair that after what I hoped would be many years of a happy marriage, that when one of us passed away, the marriage was null and void in the eyes of the law. The remaining spouse could marry the next day if they wanted to. I was concerned that we would not be with each other as husband and wife in the eternities. When the missionaries shared with us one evening that the Gospel had been restored along with the power of the holy priesthood which allowed families to be married not just in this life but in the life after this--that it wasn't "'till death do you part" if we married in the temple, I came right off the couch and shook their hands telling them that is just what I was looking for! Their other teachings about prophets and apostles being on the earth once again made sense to me--why wouldn't a loving Heavenly Father have his special witnesses testifying to all the world of the Lord's life and ministry and his atoning sacrifice prior to His second coming? When I read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, and prayed about its divine origin, my heart was filled with a warmth and emotion that could only come from Heaven. When my wife and I were baptized it was one of the greatest days of our lives. We have received countless blessings as a result. I know the Lord lives and that He loves me. What peace and happiness that has brought to me and my entire family.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Church, I have had many opportunities to serve others. I have had the privilege to serve in leadership and teaching positions and have seen the hand of the Almighty at work in the lives of His children. I have been humbled and moved by the love and charitable good works of the members of this Church. I count it a wonderful privilege to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At present, I serve as Young Men's President over a large geographic area encompassing nine different congregations. I train the local YM's presidents and spend time with our many young men at Boy Scout activities, monthly young men/young women combined activities and on Sunday's in their various classes. What a joy it is to associate with such bright, beautiful and intelligent young people! Their capabilities are endless. Their testimony of the risen Lord and His Gospel is inspiring. I have seen our youth go on missions throughout the world leaving as great young men and coming home having represented Jesus Christ to the best of their ability; now ready to take on any challenge that may face them with a maturity and strength I could only have wished for at that age. I am so thankful that our church has taken a strong stance on what the Lord wants us to be--a people that keeps the commandments at all times and in all places, to honor and love our spouse and children, to selflessly serve others and to ask nothing in return, to study the scriptures, to pray always and to make our communities a better place because of the way we live our lives. I have always loved the Lord. To know he has restored His Gospel, lost after the apostles died, through the Prophet Joseph Smith and that the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ is the word of God written by ancient prophets, and that I can live with my Heavenly Father and His Son with all of my family if I remain faithful and obedient to God's laws, brings me such great happiness!