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Hi I'm Jonathan

I like fishing, camping, video games, and country music. I work for Aflac. I am a lot like you, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am the middle child of 3 children. Each of my family members was born in a different state. My parents were carnival workers, and moved around the Southern States. We moved to Nebraska when I was young, and I have lived here since. I joined the Church when I was twenty-one, and a year later served a mission in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission. I work for Aflac, and get to travel around. I love meeting new people, and my career gives me that opportunity. I love watching College Football, and cheer for Boise State. In my spare time I enjoy: spending time with family, hanging out with friends, fishing, camping, playing video games, barbequing, and just enjoying life.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church in March of 2001. I was looking for something in life, but I didn't know what or why. The missionaries had knocked on my door and were teaching my Mother and Sister. I tried my hardest to completely avoid talking to them, as I felt they had nothing that would help me in my life. Whatever I was searching for in life, I was positive it couldn't be found in a church. One day, while the missionaries were over for dinner and teaching my family, one of them asked me directly why I skipped out on the discussion. As hard as I tried to dig in my mind, I couldn't find a reason. The first time I sat and listened to the message the missionaries were sharing, I felt something. I didn't know what it was, but it felt good. It made me feel warm and loved. I wanted it, I wanted it all the time. I was baptized on March 8, 2001. There was a terrible blizzard and the snow was blowing like crazy. The weather had caused the hot water heater to stop working, so if I was to be baptized that night, I would have to do it in the freezing cold water. I knew my decision was right, and even thought it was so cold that it hurt, I did what the Lord desired of me. I left in July of 2002, just 16 months after my baptism. I felt inadiquate, and that I knew nothing at all. What I didn't know, the Lord put people in my path to teach me. The people of Eastern Tennessee are such a blessing, I love them dearly. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that this is the true church. I cannot thank the Prophet Joseph Smith enough for his faith. One day, I look forward to shaking his hand, and thanking him for blessing my life. The Book of Mormon truly is the most correct book of any book on the earth. It molds a man, it forms him, to what the Lord wants him to be. Words are not enough to explain how much I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot wait to wrap my arms around him, and tell him in person how much I love him. He is my best friend, and my Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I am an early morning seminary teacher. In short, that means I study the scriptures with High School students every school day, at 6:30 in the morning. It can be hard, getting up that early, but I am so thankful fo the youth that help me out. Its funny, I was called to be the teacher, but I am convinced I am the one who learns the most. The youth are so strong and so faithful. They bless my life so much, and in so many different ways. I look at the world today, and think to myself, 'I would never want to be a teenager ever again.' Yet, these young people take the world on in faith. They study, read, pray, and trust in the Lord. Some of my friends are not Latter-Day Saints and do not have the same beliefs that I do. This doesn't make them bad people, I love them just the same. I live my faith when we go out to eat, and they order adult beverages, and I order water or lemonade. At first, they asked me why, telling me that the drinks they chose will spice up a night far more than water. I just smile, and take that brief opportunity to share a short testimony of the Word of Wisdom. Its the little things in life, those small opportunities the Lord places us in that can mean so much. I also live my faith by reading the scriptures daily. It makes such a difference in my day and life. The days I miss reading just do not feel the same. The teachings, the stories, the examples of those who were before us are such a blessing. Having people around who share the same beliefs and standards is such a blessing. I love my immediate family, friends, and Branch family who all help me through my daily life.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

This is a question I had a lot when I was investigating the Church. It just seemed to me that God loved the people on ancient times so much that he provided a personal way for them to hear from him. That way was through men like Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and others. Men knows as prophets. That raised another question with me, if He loved them so much, and we hear that he loves us and all are equal in God's eyes, why is there no prophet today? What a blessing it was to hear that God speaks today, through his chosen prophet! Joseph Smith was the first of these modern day prophets. Through Joseph, God restored the priesthood (the authority to act in God's name, for the salvation of men), He gave further scripture (the Book of Mormon), and he restored the true church. Since Joseph Smith, there have been 15 other prophets. Today, Thomas S. Monson stands as prophet, not just of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but of the entire world. It is such a blessing to know that there is a man, called directly by God, that speaks to God for all of us. Show more Show less