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Hi I'm Jon

My family is originally from Rock Springs, WY, but we moved to California when I was 4 and I grew up there. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though my Mom was a Catholic and my Dad a semi-practicing member when they married, they agreed to raise their future children (my brother, sister and myself) in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a result, I was taught the tenants of our belief in my youth. Upon graduating from High School I chose to serve a two year mission and was called to serve in the Chile, Santiago South Mission. Within our Faith, a mission is commonly referred to as "The Best Two Years" and certainly my experience was no different. If I've attained anything of worth in my life, my mission provided the main spring board. Afterwards I attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, receiving my Associates Degree. Not really sure what I wanted to pursue educationally, I went back home and started working in various sales jobs. I found I had a real aptitude in that area of business and have been in sales and sales management ever since. It was while I was back home that I started dating and ultimately marrying a young lady who had been a long time friend. Together we have raised 4 children (two boys and two girls). While I've experienced success in other areas, it's my marriage to the most beautiful bride ever and being the father to my 4 incredible children, that gives me the greatest joy and sense of fulfillment. I enjoy playing and watching various sports, I also enjoy backpacking and camping in the mountains and sharing all those activities with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

During my teenage years, I attended various Youth Camps. It was during those camps where I first experienced a "spiritual" awakening. Listening to inspired counselors and speakers and sharing my thoughts and feelings with friends had a way of creating a connection to the Church that kept me involved throughout my youth. After High School while preparing to serve a full time mission I read cover to cover the Book of Mormon. I found a promise in the last chapter of the book by Moroni, an ancient American Prophet; "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." In short, I asked God to let me know the truthfulness of the teachings I read in the Book of Mormon and the Church in general and I received what I can only describe as a divine "spiritual confirmation," since that time I have had confirmed to my heart time and time again the truthfulness of this work. Until today when I can answer as did Peter of old when the Savior turned to him after seeing many of his disciples turn away and asked; (John 6:67-69) "Will ye also go away?" Then Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have discovered and enjoy a real and personal connection with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That relationship and the love and tender mercies I have received from Him has enriched my life and the relationships I have with those I love. I have found safety from a troubled world while following the teachings found within the Church. As a result, I can never turn away as I too have found the words of eternal life!

How I live my faith

Activity in the Church has been a central part of my life. Since all positions in our Church are filled by volunteers, I have had the opportunity to serve my brothers and sisters in the faith in various ways over the years. I've taught Gospel lessons to adults, teenagers and young children in a number of Sunday School positions I've held. I've worked with teenage boys in Scouting (which the Church supports whole-heartedly). I've worked in administrative and leadership roles. I've given many, many sermons from the pulpit. I've participated in service activities too numerous to count. One of my most memorable service opportunities came when as a Church we helped the community of Windsor, Colorado get back on their feet after a tornado ripped through their City. The devastation was incredible, but it was the grateful expressions of those we helped that really touched my heart. Our Faith is one of action and activity and I have accepted that whole heartedly. We are asked to "live" it daily and not just on Sundays. A cute little poem I learned years ago and really symbolizes what I believe goes something like this; One day for Church and Six Days for Fun, Your chances of going to Heaven are six to one! The Church's teachings of patience, love, endurance and commitment my wife and I teach in our home. The teachings of honesty, integrity and giving an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, I practice at work. The teachings of being compassionate and giving I strive to practice in our neighborhood and with my friends. The teachings of observance to the laws of the land and involvement in the process of democracy I'm committed to in my community and nation. Jesus Christ is the example I try to emulate daily. Life is an exercise in trying to do and be better each and every day. That has been my life and the lives of my family and we wouldn't want it any other way!