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Hi I'm Jon Haymore

I live with my wife and four kids and I am an eye doctor and surgeon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern Idaho- running track, skiing, staying just under my parents' radar for trouble. After high school, I served a mission for the Mormon church in Southern Italy (mostly Sicily). And, no, I never saw the mafia that I was aware of. I then spent four years at BYU where I loved the atmosphere of being challenged in my classes, soaking in the sports, and somehow at the end of it all, I was lucky enough to meet my future wife. Our life has been a whole lot of school since then with medical school in Rochester, NY and research back in Utah and then residency in Syracuse, NY. I tell me kids that if you include kindergarten, then I spent 27 years in school. Of course they don't believe me. Despite all of the pressure from medical school and residency, my wife and I have been blessed with four great kids, stayed active by competing in marathons and triathlons, and finally made it to the "real world" of working. I now practice as an eye doctor and surgeon and I love what I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess that I have always felt that the Mormon church was the true church of our Heavenly Father. My parents were great examples and a peace was present in our house that you could feel. I certainly made my share of mistakes and bad choices but deep down I knew the direction that I wanted my life to go. When I was 13 years old, my older brother was in a fatal car accident on Halloween night. He and I were very close. It shook our whole family to have him there one day and gone the next. I had several moments after that where I could feel my brother's presence and I knew that death was not the end of our spirits. I knew that I would see him again after this life as families can be together forever. This never really hit home until I missed my brother badly. I learned from that experience to cherish the relationships that I have now. I learned that the real beauty of our Heavenly Father's plan is the peace that it gives us in tough times. Like everyone else, my conviction that this is the true church came again and again as I read the scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon) and as I tried to put Christian principles into action in my life. I am a Mormon because I love my wife, my four beautiful kids, my brothers and sisters, and my parents and if I follow Heavenly Father's plan we can be a "forever family." I know that Heavenly Father has given us a way to live deep and meaningful lives. I am a Mormon because it's true and I feel that in my life.

How I live my faith

My faith changes the way I interact with my family, my coworkers, and my patients. Knowing that all of us are our Heavenly Father's children and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all of us, helps me look for the good in everyone. I am one of the luckiest people in the world. Through my work as an eye surgeon, I get the chance every week to help people see better. In certain people, I am able to use my hands as a tool to literally "heal the blind." I get a glimpse of what how Christ must have felt when he restored a blind man's sight. I am not saying this to boast. In fact, I know that without the Lord's help, I would never have the technology or knowledge for this privilege. However, I do like to think at times that I can be a tool in the Lord's hands to do what He would do if He were here.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jon Haymore
I think we all naturally have a feeling that there is a God. We have a sense that there is a greater plan for us and that our lives can't be by chance alone. In reality, everything from the beauty surrounding us in nature to the revolution of the planets around the sun tells me that there is a supreme being coordinating all that we see. For me, the evidence that builds my faith the most is the incredible complexity and design of our human bodies. Having studied the body in detail during medical school and now concentrating on the eye, I continue to be amazed at the scientific awesomeness of our Heavenly Father. I mean the eye alone has 30-40 million light receptors which funnel down to 1.2 million nerves which in turn take those signals to the brain and then for the brain to make sense of it all is mind-blowing. For me, it is clear that God exists and knows all and was able to create all that we have and see. Show more Show less