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Hi I'm Jon

I served in the Marine Corps. I became a chiropractor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Lakeside AZ, but my first memories are from Davenport, IA were my dad began his chiropractic career. My dad had a profound impact on my life and I committed to becoming a chiropractor myself when I was only eight. When I was a teenager I thought I knew exactly how my life would go, maybe a lot of teenagers think that though. Unfortunately my world changed dramatically when my dad died of a massive heart attack before I graduated high school. I joined the Marine Corps to figure out what to do with my life and found that just because my dad died didn't mean I needed to re-route my previous plans. So, I set out to follow through with the goals I had set for myself, which included serving a full-time mission - I served in Manchester, England for two years and loved every minute of it. Upon returning home I got right to work on becoming a chiropractor. After my first year of college I met a wonderful woman, Stephanie Manning, and we were married in the Seattle, Washington temple. School took us to Texas were after two more years of school under my belt, Steph gave birth to our first son, Jonathan Jr. Shortly thereafter I started chiropractic school and after only one trimester was called up from the Marines to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom for seven months. Once I was honorably discharged by the Marines I got right back to work with school. Steph had our second son Sunny, I graduated and practice in Phoenix. We also have two more sons now - Nephi and Romeo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family were my father had grown up in the Mormon faith and my mother had been introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (official name otherwise known as the Mormon church) in her adolescence. So, I have been in the Mormon church my whole life. I remember quite clearly when I gained a knowledge that the teaching I had grown up with were true. When I was fourteen I had a desire to know and prayed pretty hard for an answer, but I didn't get an answer right away. Later that same day I was asked if I believed in Jesus Christ and if I believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet. When I declared that I did in fact believe those things I felt a great deal of warmth and knew that they were true. The answer had been so powerful for me that day that I have never had any doubt since.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest joys I have is my wife Stephanie and our four boys. Steph and I find it a blessing and a challenge to raise children and I think that our four boys make it extra, um, fun. In trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ we teach our children about the importance of prayer by kneeling together each evening for family prayer - there is almost always one boy talking or wandering around or even teasing one of the other boys during our family prayer time. So I have learned that the ideal doesn't always happen and that is a simple lesson for life, because even though my children aren't perfect they know what is important. And if my life is in disarray I just have to remember that I can pray for guidance. We also study from the scriptures with our children, which may only be a single verse or two. Again I find great strength in studying the scriptures - each morning I take time to kind of re-energize myself spiritually. I also exercise every morning and the only reason I make mention of that is that it only makes since that if I am going to take time to work out physically, how much more important is it for me to exercise spiritually. By doing these simple acts I feel more prepared for whatever challenge comes into my life. Fortunately life isn't just a string of challenges.