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Hi I'm Jon-Michael

I was adopted. I'm a writer and a math teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Geometry teacher in my second year teaching. I'm married with no children (yet). My wife is my best friend and greatest supporter. I came down to this area through the organization Teach For America. I plan on going back to school to get a master's degree in Creative Writing, because my dream has always been to be a writer. Right now my primary creative focus has been to write plays for my wife, who is a Theatre teacher. I can't get enough of Ultimate Frisbee, and I enjoy all sorts of games--board games, card games, and video games. In college, I studied Classical Greek. I'm adopted, and grateful for the unique set of circumstances that brought me into my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it is true. In a world where everyone seems to be confused, I find it comforting to know exactly what God expects of me. In many ways, I chose my major in college because I wanted to know more and come closer to God--I chose to major in Classical Greek. In reading the New Testament and in thoughtful prayer I have really come to understand that sacred book of scripture. I also am a member of the Church because I believe in the principle of eternal families. I was adopted at birth by my parents. I was sealed to them when I was six months old. I know that I have received so many blessings in life because of my family's membership in the Church. I can't wait for the time when I also get a chance to raise a family up to follow Christ--I can't think of anything more exciting than to be a daddy!

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Sunday School teacher of the youth. Every Sunday, I teach a short lesson about various gospel principles that help strengthen the knowledge and the testimonies of the most important members of our congregation. In the past, I served a two-year mission to the same area that I'm living in now. I can honestly say that I chose to live in this area because I love the people that I served while on my mission. More than all this, though, I live my faith in my home. Since I was adopted, I had to be sealed to my parents--this took place in the Provo Temple. Later, when I found my best friend and asked her to marry me, I was sealed to my wife in the Nauvoo Temple.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jon-Michael
In general, there are a few things we are all here to do. We all need to receive a physical body (this is because a body is an essential component to our eternal natures--when we are resurrected, we will never part from our body again). We all need to exercise our free agency to choose good over evil (in this sense, our time here is sort of a test--that we can prove ourselves worthy and loyal to our Heavenly Father). We are also here so that we can learn and gain greater experience (because we are working so hard to follow Jesus Christ's words: be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect). And we are here to form our eternal family relationships (because we are, after all, one big family). In particular, we also receive added guidance and direction through the blessings we receive as members of the Church. We believe that we are all entitled to personal revelation that gives us a greater sense of purpose and more clearly defines what our Heavenly Father would like us to accomplish. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jon-Michael
Eternal Life is the greatest of all gifts that God can give us. It is the opportunity to live with Him, His Son, and our families together forever. Eternal Life is different than immortality. When Christ was resurrected, He broke the bonds of death and made it so that every one of us could likewise be clothed with immortality. Eternal Life is something even more special--a precious gift that allows us to continue to build our relationship with our families, Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ for eternity. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jon-Michael
What more valuable material can we ask for than the words of God himself? Maybe a better way to look at the scriptures is a letter from a concerned parent to their precious children (that's you and me!). In a careful study of the scriptures, we can find information that pertains to our own lives. While reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other works of scripture, I have found that understanding my role here has been made more clear; that my relationship while my Heavenly Father has become more defined. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jon-Michael
Most definitely we are Christians. The first members of Christ's Church to be called Christians were labeled thus in Antioch, used to describe those who followed the beliefs of Jesus Christ. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (as the name suggests) try to emulate Jesus Christ in every facet of our lives. He is the reason--as our mediator, our brother, and our Savior--that we are able to enjoy the blessings that we have. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Jon-Michael
Understanding why we have temples is really simple: family. Eternal families is a central tenant of our Church. Everything we do in the temple relates to the eternal nature of the family. From baptisms for those who have died to sealing ordinances that bind families together for eternity, it all comes down to connecting us all together forever. Show more Show less