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Hi I'm Jon

I am adopted, the father of 6 adopted children, a grateful husband, an entrepreneur and I am a Mormon

About Me

My wife and I have been happily married for nearly 24 years. We were never able to have children. That didn't stop the Lord from being willing and able to provide us with the opportunity to be a mom and a dad. We adopted our first two children through the LDS Family Services. We were notified that we had a baby girl waiting after nearly 4 years of preparation, prayer, and patience. It was my birthday and when I arrived at home, my wife nearly ripped the door off the car as she said through her tears: "We have a baby girl!" We had no diapers, no crib, no binkires, no bottles...but we were parents! Grateful, tearful, happy parents. Our son came three years later in very much the same way. I went to work that day as a father of one, and came home early as a father of two. Our son is mixed race. Part Caucasian, Asian, African. Two years later through miraculous circumstances, we adopted two children from the Marshall Islands. Our daughter came with limited vision and our son with some emotional issues. Later we completed our family when we adopted boy/girl twins from Guatemala. Heavenly Father continues to watch over our family and I am truly grateful for his continued care and concern.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family that was already members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe every person at different times in his or her life needs to become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. For me, that process continues everyday. As a family and as individuals, we are a work in progress. My wife and I attempt to provide spiritual happenings through consistent family scripture study, family prayer and holding Family Home Evening (FHE). For us, FHE provides time once per week when no other distractions are allowed to interfere. No cell phones, no house phone, email, social media or texting. Our family participates with activities that can be as simple as an action-packed game of UNO or kick ball. My wife and I have found that as we consistently hold family scripture study and family prayer and FHE, we find comfort when lifes' challenges seem to crowd us. I testify that the Lord cares for each of us. Individually. Personally. Deeply. I have been the recipient of his love in a variety of ways. Most times, He answers my prayer through another individual. A phone call, an email, a new opportunity. My faith is strengthened in the knowledge that while God will not prevent my problems, he will respond to my prayers in ways that He knows will benefit me and provide growth.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed interacting with people and that has lead me to have numerous experiences where I have been able to provide assistance for friends and acquaintances who were experiencing challenges and struggles in their lives. Whether meeting a new neighbor or hosting a get-together at our home, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet and associate with others. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the center of our home and I find the greatest peace and happiness when I feel like our family is on the right path. Don't get me wrong, having 6 children means that our home is RARELY quiet! But the noise is normally joyful, unless its time for homework! :) I have been so blessed to have held numerous callings (assignments within the church) in a variety of responsibilities. It doesn't matter to me what calling I am given. I am grateful to be serving wherever I am needed. Right now I serve as the President of the Sunday School. I joke that my job consists of getting the ADULTS (not the youth) to class! Each of our Sunday School teachers bring their unique abilities and background to their classes. I see the care and concern for their students and I remember what it was like for me to be a youthful member. For me, the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the answers that many seem to be searching for. I believe that one of the greatest gifts I receive almost daily, is peace in answer to my prayers. I don't receive large manifestations. I receive simple, quiet peace that my concerns and worries and problems are acknowledged. I have learned that as I give up my will to God and earnestly strive to allow my will to be swallowed up in His, I am content. Not free from problems. Not free from stress. But content and settled in the knowledge that God is aware of me. He is personally aware of my concerns. And He wants what is best for me and for my family.