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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake into an LDS family. I have never known anything but this faith. I am a husband and father of five. I am an avid Ute fan, having graduated from there. For thirty years I have been employed in the semiconductor industry, working in Utah and Arizona. I love snow skiing and watching all kinds of sports, particularly my beloved Utes, the Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona D'Backs. Other than Sunday, the most sacred time of the week is on Fridays when I get to go out with my beautiful wife (the traditional dinner and a movie).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church. My roots go back to very beginnings of the restoration. Hyrum Smith (Joseph's brother) was my great-great-grandfather. So, I began as a Mormon. I don't remember when I received my testimony. I guess I've always known that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I served a mission to the southern states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida from 1974-1976. It was during that time that I really came to know of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I saw the power of His healing happen in the lives of others as they came to believe His restored gospel. The LDS life is my life! I wouldn't have it any other way.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as the spiritual leader of my congregation. This gives me the opportunity to be involved with all of the members. I believe in being honest in all that I do. I try to be friendly and kind to everyone. I hope I am acting as my Savior would have me be.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Baptism is an essential part of salvation. That is clear from the example of Jesus. We read about baptism for the dead in 1st Corinthians 15:29. Since baptism is a physical ordinance, it needs to be performed by physical beings. Throughout history, there have been countless people who lived and died without the knowledge of a Savior. Would a loving God condemn all of these, His children? Reason says no. The performance of proxy baptism is to provide this opportunity to those who did not have it during their mortal lives. Mormons search their family history, gather names of anscestors and take those names to the temples. There, the ordinance is performed for their loved ones. It is a marvelous, sacred work. Show more Show less