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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jon. I am a recent college graduate. Since graduating college I've had the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a specialty car dealership. My passion is sports cars and European cars, and that is the emphasis of my dealership. I specialize in photography and marketing of these unique cars! I love what I do, it is stressful at times, but rewarding. My hobby and "runner up" passion behind cars is tennis (I was a tennis instructor in college, to help pay my living expenses). I also enjoy Formula One (Grand Prix) car racing, and am a lifelong fan, okay I'm obsessed really, with Ferraris. Most importantly, I am a dad and husband. I have a beautiful boy who is two and have been married for three years now. I have served a mission for the Mormon church and therefore spent two years in Tennessee and Kentucky, so I have a great appreciation for the South and differing Christian religions. I am grateful for the things I learned as a missionary, in teaching and learning from others, faith inspiring events and experiences, to interpersonal relationships and how to be a better husband and father. I believe families can be together forever, and I am thankful for that knowledge.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was seventeen years old I was struggling to believe in any kind of a higher power. I also had recently had some deaths in my family, which made me start to have a lot of questions. I had many friends whom I knew were Mormon, and asked questions of them.They all seemed different, and had a quiet, confident happiness about them and I wanted that too. My grandmother, who is not Mormon had given me a Book of Mormon when she found out many of my friends were Mormon. I set it aside and never read it. However, when things were going rough for me and I really wanted to know if there was a God, I picked up the Book of Mormon and tracked down a chapter and verse that one of my close friends had suggested I read. The scripture was Alma 32:21, which discussed faith, and how it is not a sure knowledge, but a hope for things which are not seen, but true. As I read those words, I felt tears come into my eyes and a calm loving warmth come over my whole body. I knew God was real, and that somehow if I studied from this Book of Mormon I could learn more. Some time later, I started meeting with my local missionaries, and they asked me to pray about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true scripture, and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet who helped to restore the same Church Jesus Christ had established while he was in his Earthly ministry. I again felt tears come to my eyes, and a burning within which confirmed what I already thought to be true. After those two key experiences, I over time established a strong understanding and appreciation for our Savior Jesus Christ. That sparked my lifelong quest to understand and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love and live my faith be striving to do whatever I feel the Lord has asked me too. Whether that is a random phone call to a friend or fulfilling church assignments I've been called upon to do. I currently am assigned to work with the young men in my local congregation ages 12-13. In the past I have taught Sunday school to youth and adults alike, beginning and advanced courses. I have also had some leadership responsibilities with the men's organization. Regardless of where asked to serve, I try to be charitable, loving and motivated- to change myself and others for good. Besides the things I do while AT church, I feel my true religion comes behind closed doors. My personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ are what provides me the most strength. Though the camaraderie and strength that comes with our local Ward congregations is wonderful (a family away from family), it is necessary to have a one on one relationship with our Heavenly Father. I find myself often praying, sometimes more formally than others. I try for sincerity always, both in my relationship with God, and with other people. Another way I really strive to live my faith is in my work. My industry (the car business) is known for dishonesty. That is completely against who I am as a person, and the teachings of the church. Often in the car business, and I've been told this countless times by so called professionals in my industry that there is no way to be successful without being a little dishonest or working on Sundays, etc. I believe as I am faithful to the things I have been taught and know to be true, the Lord will reward my efforts. I also try to keep in mind that regardless of how hard each of us try, we all fall a bit short. Hence, the need for our Savior Jesus Christ. His atonement, or suffering and struggles throughout His life and at the end of his life make all things possible for us, and for that I am eternally grateful.