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Hi I'm Jon

I grew up in the San Francisco bay area. I designed communications satellites. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 41 years. I am the father of six, grandfather of eighteen and great grandfather of one. I am a retired electrical engineer who spent 25 years designing non-military communications satellites in California, where I grew up. After retiring we moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest, where I have spent the last 10 years teaching high school and college math and physics classes. The joy of my life is my grandchildren and I am blessed to have 11 of them living very near us so I can see them weekly. We travel regularly to England to spend time with my wife’s family in Cornwall. Besides travel, my hobbies are genealogy, boating, crabbing, gardening, and raising pigs, chickens, and miniature horses for our grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I went to high school with several members of the church and was impressed by their integrity and the closeness of their families. Years later during a college summer job I worked with a young man who had recently joined the church. He was so excited that it was all he could talk about. I had nothing better to do, so I listened and accepted his invitation to meet the missionaries. The friendliness of the members, the strong support system for families and the concept of eternal marriage were the first things that attracted me to the gospel, and I was soon baptized. I was nurtured in the gospel by kind and loving members in my first ward and I was able to build a strong and lasting foundation and belief in Jesus Christ as my savior. The unfailing love from our Savior has sustained me throughout in my life. I will always be grateful to those long ago friends and teachers in high school that set good examples for me of what the Mormon Church stood for and to that college friend who was so excited about the gospel. I have found lasting joy and strength through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I joined the church over 4 decades ago as a young adult. I can still remember many of the service projects that helped me to better understand the importance of serving others through the example of Jesus Christ. I helped paint fences for widows, carried furniture and boxes for families moving into and out of our community. I will never forget spending an hour each week helping a family with physical therapy for their 2 year old daughter with cerebral palsy. The gospel of Jesus Christ has taught me the importance of reaching out to help others and being sensitive to their needs. I have served in numerous leadership and teaching positions in my local congregation. Each assignment has provided opportunities for me to grow personally and to increase my faith in Jesus Christ. When I was a young married with small children, I had a leadership position in the church where I worked closely with many exemplary families. I was impressed with one humble family with four children. The father and mother immigrated from Europe after World War II to create a better life for their future children. The father never held a leadership position within the church and never had a high paying job but he and his wife raised four righteous children, who honored them throughout their lives. Since knowing this fine man I have strived to follow his example of creating a Christ centered home, where children can feel safe and loved. Through the years my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has given me the opportunity to continue to serve others, and at times I have successfully found the joy in following the Saviors admonition to lose ourselves in the service of others.