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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on a small wheat farm in Central Kansas, and grew up with a daily Bible devotional. We went to the Methodist Church every Sunday. I developed a deep love of the Bible, and studied the prophets and the Savior's mortal ministry. As a farmer's son, it seemed natural to be in 4H and raise livestock and participate in the county fair. That is where I stumbled across my career. I have been in county noxious weed control for over 30 years. Hunting and fishing added to our food variety, mostly rabbits, pheasants, and catfish. Deer and elk have been added to the list of sought after game, but it is a hobbie that only occasionally puts food in the freezer. I was converted and joined the LDS church about 39 years ago, when I was a senior in high school. When I was 19, I served the Lord in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission. I graduated from college and married my best friend 31 years ago in the Manti Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, my brother was in the service and after a time overseas, he was stationed in Utah. Our grandma jokingly suggested that he go out there after his leave and marry a Mormon girl. He did! Later they moved to Kansas and we met the missionaries in their home. An intelectual testimony developed in my heart, I had not yet knelt in prayer to confirm what was clicking in my mind. The Savior's ancient church was restored with Apostles, Prophets, Elders, etc. The literal resurection was taught and truly we are in created in God's image. My parents did not join at that time and in deferance to their wishes I waited. Then I finally read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and studied the New Testament in the LDS seminary my senior year. I gradually received the spiritual confirmation that this is indeed God's Church. That December, my parents gave me a welcomed Christmas present (permission to be baptized). They attended my baptism and a year later, my ordination as an elder. They agreed to support me on a mission before they were baptised. On the night I opened my mission call they had accepted the baptismal challenge and 3 months before my mission I was priveledged to baptise them. They both served as temple workers in their retirement until they passed from mortality. This is the full version of Christianity, and I testify that it is the means whereby all mankind may reach their highest potential. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, and have the Atonement of our Elder Brother and Savior to allow us to return to our heavenly family with our own personal family if we simply obey the commandments and follow the teaching of God's prophets, both modern and ancient.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have 2 sons, one has been married in the temple, and the other has chosen not to attend church. Like our Father in Heaven, we love them both, and hope they both succeed in life, and pray for the day when we all will follow Jesus together. In my almost 39 years as a member, I have been an youth assistant to my bishop, a missionary, an assistant lay minister (councilor to a branch president and two bishops). I have served as Boy Scout Committee Member, Scout Master, Assistant Scout Master, Cubscout committee member. I have also been an Assistant Clerk for our congregation (Called a Ward in our Church) and was an Executive Secretary for my student ward Bishop many years ago.