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Hi I'm Jon Jessop

I'm a Mormon. My wife and I are thankful for the time we have to volunteer and help young single adults and students.

About Me

Since retiring from our family business a few years ago, my wife and I have really enjoyed the opportunities we have had to volunteer in the church. We work with a young single adult congregation and help university students find internships and employment in Colorado. Our five married children live all over the U.S. and we will soon have seventeen grandchildren. We visit them each year and much of our summer is spent having fun with them at our home and in the Colorado mountains. I love to fly fish and share my passion by teaching the sport to several grandchildren and young single adult friends. I sometimes get a strange look from people when I mention "catch and release", but, I believe, it helps preserve the sport for the future. Another favorite sport is tennis. I have played "neighborhood tennis" for many years and started playing on a men's team this past summer. We didn't win many matches, but it was fun and I met some great guys. In addition to visiting our children and their families, my wife and I enjoy spending time with extended family, friends, and our neighbors. We love to visit places of natural beauty, work in our garden and get our hands in the dirt. A few years ago, we started composting. We love the wonderful richness of the soil and our grandchildren are fascinated with all the worms they find in it.

Why I am a Mormon

Unfortunately, during my teen-age years and early 20's, I was not actively involved in the church. A year after my wife and I were married, my wife gave birth to a stillborn baby. About a year later, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She was 10 weeks premature. We were thrilled to bring her home five weeks later and made plans to be the best parents possible. I was grateful to my Heavenly Father for her and wanted to raise her with religious values. I had been raised in the Mormon Church during my early years. My wife and I decided to start attending churches and find one we liked. Near that time, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on our door and they began teaching us about their faith. For me, the teachings felt familiar and, as I attended church, I was constantly amazed that the talks and lessons seemed to be just what I needed. This process continued and became the basis for a strong faith and relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus. After several months of studying, praying, and exercising faith, my wife decided to become a member and be baptized. Through the challenging times and long hours of running a small business, plus volunteering many hours a week to serve others in the church, I have found over and over again that the principles of the gospel just work. My first priority however, has been, and is, in our home with our family. My wife and I love and admire our five children. When we joined the church forty years ago we had no idea how important those religious values would be, particularly as we took on the responsibility of parenthood. We had no idea how much help we would get from other members of our church as we raised our family and we could never have imagined how important our faith in Jesus Christ would be and how much we would need guidance from our prayers in our daily lives and as we faced serious trials.

How I live my faith

I often pray that I will always be able to serve others throughout my life. Service in the church has been a high priority because I know that the Lord expects me to always be of service to others and I don't want to disappoint Him. Right now, my wife and I are actively involved in a volunteer position with BYU-Idaho where we help students to find internships and to learn about businesses in Colorado. I love helping students see how their education can be applied in a future career. Two or three times a year, we visit the university and absolutely love talking with students in groups and individually, attending classes, and visiting with the inspiring professors and administrators. This volunteer service will soon be ending and we are looking forward to new volunteer opportunities. Our other volunteer experience is really fun too! My wife and I are leaders, with other couples, in a young single adult congregation. We plan church services, ask our young adults to serve in many capacities, counsel with them on many personal decisions, and have fun with them in their activities. Because many of the members of the congregation are making life changing decisions, it is gratifying to be able to help them at such an important time for them. I believe that God, the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ, live and are aware of each one of us and that they love us very much.