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Hi I'm Jon

I grew up in Utah, but have lived in PA, FL, CA, WA, CO and now in TX. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married 26 years and have three children, a 14 year old boy and two girls, 19 and 20. My wife and I met at college where we both worked in the library. I delivered mail and would run into her frequently in different parts of the library. I guess I was pretty dense because after we dated and married she continues to joke about how oblivious I was to the fact that these "chance meetings" were really orchestrated by her. After getting married our biggest desire was to start a family. After many years of working with doctors and going through many procedures we were at peace with the fact that bearing children was not to be a part of God's plan for us. We thus went down a different path and adopted all of our children as infants. The experience and circumstances around each adoption were miraculous and confirmed that these wonderful children were divinely meant to be ours. After completing college I took a job that eventually moved us from coast to coast. I spent 18 years with one company, moving to five different states. I am now with another company where I have been for 7 years, which also involved a move to yet another state. I am currently a VP over one of the company's business channels where we distribute our product through thousands of retail locations. Especially when the kids were young, we went on frequent camp outs and love to spend time in the mountains. My hobbies are reading, watching movies, eating out and shooting guns.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family where I was taught to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and follow the church's teachings. Mormon youth have opportunities to serve, learn leadership, public speaking and participate in scouting. I became a better person from all of these many experiences. I believed in the church's teachings concerning the purpose of life, the nature of God and God's plan for us. I could never understand commonly accepted doctrines of others who believe that those who aren't baptised in this life or never had an opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ are doomed to live an eternity in hell. That just never fit my perception of a loving and just God. I also disagreed with the concept of paid, career ministers where college, resumes and job interviews determine who is qualified to lead and teach the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always made sense to me. However, there came a point in my life where I needed something beyond an intellectual belief. The time came when I chose to test promises made in both the New Testiment and Book of Mormon which tell us that we can ask God to know truth through the power of the Holy Ghost. After significant scripture study, I knelt in prayer asking for a spiritual manifestation of the truthfulness of the gospel taught by the church. Thankfully, after much prayer and after opening my heart and listening for an answer, I received a spiritual witness of the truthfulness of the gospel I had been taught all of my life. I continue to receive strength in my conviction from the Holy Ghost and from many experiences I have had as I strive to live gospel principles and seek inspiration. Church members are an extended family where we help and serve each other. I gain strength through associating with them. I can't imagine a life outside of the church. I believe that happiness in this life and for eternity is tied to following Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as the 1st counselor in the bishopric of our ward. In this role I serve in a leadership capacity. Myself and another counselor serve under the direction of our Bishop, who is the priesthood leader responsible for all the members, organizations, meetings and activities in our ward. Since we have no paid clergy in our church, members have the opportunity to accept "callings" to serve that are determined through inspiration. In the bishopric we oversee young men / scouting, young women, Sunday School, Primary (organization for youth below 12), Relief Society (women's organization for 18 and up) and conduct our weekly worship services. We work with organizational leaders in seeking inspiration to call others to serve. These callings, such as my current leadership role, don't last forever, but may last for a number of years before we are called to serve in another capacity. I have served as a teacher, worked with young men, supported our missionary efforts, been a clerk and led priesthood groups (men over 18). We work with a ward council that includes priesthood and organizational leaders where we jointly discuss, organize and carry out plans to serve the people of the ward and our community. I also serve as a home teacher and have the priviledge to visit three families each month, provide service, friendship, share a gospel message, pray with them and report on any needs where the assistance of others may be necessary. The calling of home teacher is a critical and inspired part of the churches' organization, provided to ensure that all members, whether families, young singles or widows, are looked after as the Savior would have us do. I enjoy serving, grow closer to my Savior by doing so and it brings me happiness and fulfillment.