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Hi I'm Jon

I grew up in Arizona and Utah, love my family and friends, and am a Mormon through and through!

About Me

First and foremost, I am the faithful husband to a beautiful woman and devoted father to two wonderful children (with another on the way). I am a college graduate in the field of Communications and currently am employed in the field of higher education. I truly love my work - it is great to see people from all walks of life better themselves. I enjoy the outdoors, and find my greatest solace in nature. I also enjoy cooking (especially grilling), spending time with family, watching movies, listening to music, soccer (or as it should properly be called, Football!), and finally, playing my guitar. Some of my hero's are: J.S. Bach, Joseph Smith, Martin Luther, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Pele, and last by certainly not least, my Step-Mother who has passed on, My Dad, and of course, my Savior and elder brother, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for several important reasons. First, the Church teaches me to do good, but more importantly, its actions matches its words - as an organization it truly does bring forth "good fruit." In addition, for me, I have not found a question that the doctrine of the Church cannot answer - this is an important part of my conversion as the gospel has provided me important answers to questions such as "where did I come from? why am I here? and where am I going?" The Church also helps bring moral clarity to a world in desperate need through inspired and direct revelatory guidance from a modern-day Prophet. I believe that in totality - since the boy Prophet Joseph Smith saw the Father and Son, Mormon's have had a Prophet of God to guide them in these latter days. I am a Mormon also because the Book of Mormon has provided me with a supplemental witness that Jesus Christ was indeed resurrected, and that he did appear to inhabitants of the ancient America's, where he taught them his true gospel as well. Finally, I am Mormon for the same reason that all Mormon's claim to be - that the Holy Ghost, God's messenger for truth and peace, has confirmed deeply within my soul that what I have been taught, and what I continue to learn, is true, and from God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the best I can by looking for opportunities to help other people, and spend time weekly going and visiting local members of the church and my community. Specifically, I help the full-time Missionaries teach people interested the true message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have found that my life is always better when I follow to exactness this poignant teaching by the Savior in Matthew 16:25, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." I love this gospel and how its teachings encourages me to always improve and bring forth good works!

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jon
I proselyted as a missionary for one simple reason - I wanted to allow everyone I could the same opportunity I have had in life - to live in peace and joy knowing why I am here on Earth, and where I hope to go when I die. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jon
In my opinion, this is one of the most singular misunderstood doctrines of the Mormon faith - the Savior of mankind commanded Baptism by water and fire, so what of those that lived in times and places where this was never taught? Are the doomed to life of torment in lakes of fire and brimstone? I certainly do not believe in that type of unmerciful God. All this doctrine teaches is that the ordinances of Baptism and Confirmation are provided in proxy for those that did not have the opportunity to receive them in this mortal life, and if these individuals accept the gospel in the world of spirits, then they are given the opportunity to be saved in the Kingdom of God. If one examines this practice in complete diligence and honesty, it begins to make total and complete sense. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jon
In short, just like any other Prophet who has ever lived on this Earth, God does. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jon
The same reason why Jesus Christ himself didn't call women as Apostles - women and men have different roles in God's plan. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jon
Tithing is an ancient principle taught in the Old Testament. This should be nothing new to any Judeo-Christian faith. I tend to subscribe to this train of thought on this subject and why I tend to obey the law of Tithing: “A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." Joseph Smith Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jon
Mormon's believe that God is our Father, and that man can converse with him as easily as we do to one another. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jon
To be honest, I am not completely sure why the Church, or for that matter, ancient prophets of the Old testament, practiced Polygamy. However, I cannot fully comprehend how Jonah survived the whale, Daniel survived the Lions, David slew the giant Goliath, or even scientifically, how Jesus created the Earth, healed the sick, or turned water into wine. This much I do know - God knows how these things occurred (by his Priesthood power), and he also knows why he asked saints of old and saints of modern times to practice Polygamy. I am perfectly fine living with the knowledge that my feeble mind cannot comprehend the mind and will of God. Show more Show less