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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a Wyoming boy who moved to Colorado to work with computers, marching bands, and winter guards. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming. I fell in love with marching music and colorguard when I was in kindergarten. I met my wife in the college marching band. We have been making the most beautiful music ever since. I started out teaching music but with a growing family and little prospect of buying a house I went back to school. After getting that second degree I started working in the aerospace industry. I haven't given up on the passion I have with marching music and colorguard. After I provide for the family by working with computers during the day, I dash to marching band or winter guard rehearsals to teach the kids the drill for their shows. After the rehearsal I go home and spend some more time on the computer fixing the drill.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was four or five, the primary teacher told the class about a child who joined the "true" church and was willing to give up everything so that he could belong to that church. I wanted to belong to that church too. I worked up the courage to tell my mother that I was willing to walk across the plains and leave the family and friends behind to belong to that church. She smiled and said that wouldn't be necessary because I was already a member. What a relief. Since then I have read and studied the scriptures; putting them to the test by asking the Creator of the Universe if they are true. My membership is directly tied to the spiritual confirmations that I have received about the truth of being a "Mormon". It is such a sweet warm feeling to get that answer; a feeling like the heavens are opening and an angelic choir is singing "AAH!" as the world is bathed in resplendent light.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day to day. I start out with prayer and scripture study. Then as I descend into the responsibilities of getting the kids to school, going to work and the various rehearsals, I try to hold out the joy of having knowledge of the restored gospel in my life. I have decided that I will be happy, no matter what happens. Nothing is as bad as what Christ suffered for me; He suffered so that I could return and live in the joy and happiness that are the essence of living with him. In my work and at the rehearsals, I teach the principles of honesty, integrity, and helping out. This means that I spend a lot of time volunteering. Most of that time is spent listening to my co-workers and students. Sometimes that is all that it takes to lighten somebody else's cares. Other times it is necessary to be active like building a fence and pathway, painting a barn, cleaning the canal, or loading up the back of the pick-up with furniture and driving over to the new house. I always try to include my kids so that they realize I do move from in front of the computer. At church I spend time performing my calling. I am supposed to look out for the Lord's sheep. I listen to a lot of people's problems and seek spiritual guidance so that I can make sure they are fed both spiritually and temporally. The easy one's are getting people in touch with the employment specialist. The harder ones are dealing with broken hearts. Through it all God sustains me and I get to feel that brightness and angelic choir feeling on a regular basis.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Jon
The church strives to assist those in need. One of the areas that I have had the most experience with in the church is assisting people who are unemployed or under employed. We have a wonderful program for helping people who are looking for work. This includes everything from helping people with their resumes to helping connect them with employers. Sometimes the employment assistance is as easy as telling them about a job opening. Some of the assistance requires hours of helping people decide what skills they need to hone for better employment. I think that the best part of helping with the employment is that we help people to take control of their bad situation and become self-reliant because they have a job. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jon
The family is one of the most important things because it is the central unit of how God teaches us the tenants of living the happy life. We have a built in support system with our family: love, learning, teaching, service, patience, enduring hard times, and being there. Sometimes the family is the source of some of the greatest adversity; yet it also serves as one of the greatest joys. We have a hymn called that starts out "There is beauty all around, when there's love at home". The hymn goes on to explain that because of the love that is in the home this world is more wonderful. Granted that most of that is because of the feelings of the observer. When we feel good, everything is better. The converse is true as well: when we feel awful, everything is worse. We work with our families to make all of this life vibrant and alive. Show more Show less