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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm in medical school. I goof around a lot with my two kids. I enjoy gardening, golf, and water skiing. I love being Mormon.

About Me

I had my life planned out by the time I was 5 years old - I was going to be a clown. I daydreamed about seltzer bottles, tiny cars, and really big shoes. To me, that was the best way that I could make people happy. In my mind, people would come from miles around with all of their problems and all of their bad days, and I would fix them. I was devastated when a teacher explained that being a clown might not be the best career choice. I was in this predicament when met my pediatrician - Dr. Scott. He made me laugh. He made my mom smile. He was a bad-day fixer. And he planted the seeds that have grown into my desire to be a doctor. Years later, here I am in medical school. I often study 10 to 14 hours a day. I don't love studying (and I'm not all that great at it either), but I hope that one day the effort will be rewarded with a chance to help people truly in need. I enjoy gardening, waterskiing, snow skiing, golfing, and anything that gets me outside and away from the library. My greatest joy is my family. My wife is a jewel, and we have two great kids. When I'm not studying you'll usually find me reading Elmo books, coloring, blowing bubbles, or just rolling around with my kids laughing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager there was a day when I heard many other kids my age say that they KNEW God lives, or they KNEW He loved them, or that they KNEW He had restored His gospel to the Earth. And even though my parents are both Mormon and I had been raised going to a Mormon church, I had to admit it - I didn't know. I was determined to kneel down and pray until I had an answer. So I did just that. "Heavenly Father? Are you there?" "Do you know about me?" "Do you love me?" "Is this church really yours?". I was on my knees for quite some time, and frankly I didn't have an answer. When the answer didn't immediately come I started to panic. It was then, after praying for a very long time that I REALLY started to wonder. Maybe everything I had learned wasn't true, maybe God didn't exist, or if He did, maybe He just didn't care about me. It was when I finally prayed with an absolute sincerity, that I was overcome with a wonderful feeling. I was surrounded by a powerful feeling of warmth, love, and assurance. It was a wonderful demonstration that God does live, He does love me, and this is His church. Being a Mormon makes every good thing better. Life has its challenges, its struggles, and its let-downs, but can also be enjoyable, peaceful, and full of fun when coupled with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, it makes my family better. I could not have the kind of family I have without the truths of the restored gospel. Every day I see something to be glad for. My life is a happy one because I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to do my best to help people around me. I love having fun and making people happy. At school, I am the president of a local chapter of Collegium Aesculapium, a national group of Mormon doctors. I work to organize volunteer work, service, and promote healthy living in our community.