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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of four children, two boys and two girls. I currently work as a Physician Assistant in a rural clinic, but was a high school science teacher on an Apache reservation for several years, a veterinary tech on a large swine operation in Utah and a fishery biologist at Lake Powell. I have lived in many countries including Guam, Portugal and Algeria. In Algeria, our family was THE unit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the whole country. My father led our unit and my brother passed the sacrament as a Deacon. Our services certainly didn't last as long as they do now! We enjoy biking, soccer, kayaking and being around water, mountains and each other.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents met missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the streets of a small North Carolina town in the early 1970's. They had known members of the church in Guam and while they never really talked about the church or gospel there, they knew they were "good people". My father had been reasonably active in a protestant religion but found himself question some things. He has told me "when I was sitting in a bar once, I looked down the bar and saw my minister, enjoying a beer too. I thought to myself, how will this man lead me to Christ when he lives the same life I do?" When he met the missionaries and began to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ from them, he was inspired by the standards that they kept, their happy outlook and the strength of their families. He wanted that for us. My mother had followed in another religion and was very close with her family as well. The choice was perhaps more difficult for her. Changing religions meant not having the same church as her parents and siblings. This has been a small source of contention in the extended family of eight brothers and sisters for her. Some have thought that we had become part of a false religion or that we stopped being Christians. In truth, over time, their beliefs and attitudes have mellowed and the family is increasingly complimentary as they see the way we honor and follow Jesus in our lives and how our choices are leading us to have very Christ centered lives. As a teen boy, I knew that I was expected to serve a two year mission when I reached 19 years old. I had never questioned my parent's faith, but I needed my own testimony about Jesus Christ and the truth of the Book of Mormon and the Bible before I went into the world to share the Gospel with others. I knelt numerous times and asked God if what I had been taught and felt was right. I felt a warmth penetrate my chest as I did so then and now and the thought recurred in my head "You know it's true!"

How I live my faith

I have been called of God, by authority of Jesus Christ to lead the men's group in Florence. My callings currently include making sure each member of the Church here is visited every month, to ensure that their physical and spiritual needs are met. I don't take this lightly! What a responsibilty and honor to have such a work to to among my Heavenly Fathers' children. I find great joy and fulfillment in working with others in this way, just as I do in helping provide health and emotional care to those I see in my profession. Once you have served others and feel the happiness of that, you just have to do it again and again. It is self perpetuating, and you learn that you are now that Good Samaritan, binding up wounds of your brothers and healing yourself in the process. Who wouldn't do that??