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Hi I'm Johnathon

I’m a historian & a philosopher. I have a passion for baking & for music. Most importantly I am a Mormon.

About Me

Since birth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been a primary aspect of my life. However I’m not just a Mormon, I’m a son, a brother & an individual. I grew up with a love for learning. My primary interest is in history, specifically the areas of culture & religion. When I’m not focused on history I spend my time reading classical literature. I enjoy reading the works of William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, & J.K. Rowling. Most recently I included the Dune series by Frank Herbert to my list of favorites. However my favorite area of literature & history is in Arthurian Legends, which includes books like Le Morte D’Arthur, one of the oldest recorded sources of Arthurian myth. When I need a break from my studies I usually explore the world of music, compose and arrange songs, or play my piano. I love to study the history of music & particularly enjoy the Classical, Celtic, & New Age/Folk genres. Recently I started to explore music from the Medieval Period. In order to keep a balanced lifestyle I like participating in athletic activities such as running, swimming & biking. I’ve run a couple 5-ks & a half-marathon and would like to try a triathlon. Besides athletics, I love to bake & cook. I’ve found baking & cooking to be relaxing, enjoyable, and a good outlet for my creativity. Food has also become an excellent way for me to serve & interact with others. So I’m not just a Mormon, I am a scholar, a musician, an athlete, & a chef. Most importantly, I am ME!

Why I am a Mormon

“But as it is written, [the] eye hath not seen, nor [the] ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save [by] the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but [by] the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9–11) As someone who enjoys philosophizing, the gospel has given me a broader knowledge base where I can learn truth and decipher between right vs. wrong. When I am reading the scriptures and prayerfully pondering the messages they share, I find myself receiving insight concerning myself individually as well as a member of society. Individuality is the key of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is based on two key principals. The Gift of Agency, which is the freedom & ability to choose how we act and what we think, is the first principal of individuality. The second principal is the acceptance of self-accountability. Through Christ’s Atonement each individual is able to use these two principles to face life’s trials and overcome the “natural man” in order to receive Eternal Life in our Heavenly Father’s presence. “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordnances of the Gospel.” (Articles of Faith 1:3) I know the promises of the Atonement are true, for those promises have provided light when I am overwhelmed by darkness, giving me hope and providing strength. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) The Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me a strong foundation for a joyful and fulfilling life. I know this Church provides truth and opens the doorway to becoming closer to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20) My faith & love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is unyielding and continues to grow each day. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Mathew 5:16) My testimony & love of the gospel started while still a young child in Primary, the lessons & scripture stories filled me with an abundance of joy and inspired me to live a righteous life. During my early youth, I would jump at any opportunity to share my testimony of the gospel. While I don’t know if my testimony ever brought anyone into the church, I know my joyful spirit has been a light and inspiration to many of my fellow men and women. Soon I will be dedicating two whole years towards serving a mission for the Lord, sharing my light and my testimony of the gospel with many of my brothers and sisters, who are seeking peace and joy in their lives. Sharing the Words of Christ is not the only way I have expressed my love and faith with others. “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my father honour.” (John 12:26) Personally, service has been more effective in expressing the love and teachings of Jesus Christ than any other form of testimony. When I take the opportunity to help others, whether they are a single individual or a whole community, I am filled with joy and can share the light of Christ with those around me. Because of my service I have been greatly blessed and it is my hope that through my service, others will be open to the truth and knowledge of the gospel. “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect… Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:22 & 24)