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Hi I'm Jonathan

I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but you could call me a Mormon.

About Me

I am the only brother of four younger sisters, all of which are married with children of their own, and a divorced dad with four awesome kids who live with their mom. I received my rank of Eagle Scout, went to BYU (still working on the graduating part), was married in the temple and participated in the bringing forth of four beautiful children, but it would seem that through the course of incorrect decisions, I’ve had to rewrite (and have divinely rewritten for me through His grace) my life’s course. Now my life seems to be filled with tremendous blessings that I don’t understand how I could be worthy of such after so much heartache and disappointment. It’s simply a miracle.

Why I am a Mormon

Being something like a sixth generation Mormon, one could say that being a member of this church is in my blood. I was born into this religion; I grew up learning about Jesus Christ, the early apostles of The New Testament, and the Old Testament prophets as well as Joseph Smith and the stories in The Book of Mormon. It all seemed right and felt true. I had no reason to doubt. But that’s not why I’m a Mormon. I remember the day clearly when I first received my first and most powerful personal revelation of God’s love for me. I was recently divorced, working a low paying temp job, living in a spiritually unhealthy environment, and horribly depressed. I lacked confidence in myself and doubted that my life was of any value; it was not a good place for me. Needing strength beyond my own, I prayed. I prayed really hard, truly wanting to know if I mattered, if my continued existence would actually make a difference. After several minutes of pleading, I felt a peaceful, warmth envelope me and a whispering in my mind “Yes, you do matter.” I had never felt so good before. I felt like “If God can take the time from His busy life to comfort one of His billions of children, then I must be important to Him”. From that point on life had become much better, not easier. Better. But that’s not why I’m a Mormon either. So why am I a Mormon? I am, because I choose to be. I choose to believe in God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and in the Holy Ghost. I choose to believe that through the Atonement of Christ, I can be saved by obeying the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. I am a Mormon, because I want to be worthy to stand before Him and this is the best way I know how.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings every Sunday, pay my tithing, fulfill the assignments I’ve been asked to do, pray, and read the scriptures. Pretty typical. However, I’ve learned to be very appreciative of the Atonement and Grace of Jesus Christ by not just trying to do better, but trying to be better everyday. I'm not a very social person (I dread large crowds), so I generally show my beliefs through my example. I've been told actions speak louder than words anyway.