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Hi I'm Jon

I love flying airplanes and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Flying has been part of my life since childhood. My father was a pilot and my grandfather was a pilot. From an early age I had a great desire to fly airplanes. When I turned 14 I had an opportunity to attend a public school that provided a way to get my pilots license. I jumped at the opportunity. Shortly after my 17th birthday I passed the flight examination and received my private pilots license. I have shared my passion of flying with my 3 children and wife of 14 years. I have found that flying provides me prospective of the world that is hard to experience anywhere else. As I look down on the earth I am so grateful for the beautiful creation we call earth and I thank Heavenly Father for my many blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are members of the church, however, my father was less active (didn't attend church) most of his life. My mother took her six children to church each week. I was baptized at eight and tried to be faithful to the commitments I had made. It wasn't until I was 16 that my conversion was fully experienced. I had been strugglng with choices and friends when I turned to the Book of Mormon for answers to the challenges I was facing. Each night I would randomly read passages from different parts of the book and each time the answer I needed was on the pages before me. After many weeks of this experience I took to heart the promise at the end of the Book of Mormon and prayed about it's truthfulness. A wonderful feeling came over me assuring that the book was true. I also felt the blessings of the atonement of Jesus Christ and know that He provided me a way to overcome my sins and be saved. This knowledge and experience helped me feel joy and peace in my life. I resolved to be a better person by helping my family and those around me.

How I live my faith

I find the best way I grow personally is through serving those around me. This service is done by doing very ordinary and simple things. For example, I enjoy calling individuals on their birthday and wishing them well. As a Bishop (pastor) of a medium sized congregation this turns into about 430 calls a year. Other simple things I enjoy doing to live my faith is to smile and recognize individuals by name. This simple act helps me feel good as smiles are returned and spirits lifted. I just image the Savior greeting me warmly and making me feel special. I have found it is the simple things strengthen me.