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Hi I'm Jon

I'm an accountant, I'm a wrestling coach, I'm a human jungle gym for my kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the great state of Washington and have lived here most of my life. When I was 19 years old, I moved to Italy for two years as a missionary. As a missionary, I shared my faith with others, helped people come to know Jesus Christ, and served and helped those I met in any way I could. After returning from Italy I went to college at Brigham Young University where I received a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting. I juggle many roles and responsibilities, but none is more fulfilling or brings me more joy than being a husband and father. Having my kids greet me each day, often with them running down the driveway yelling "dad's home, dad's home," justifies all the hard work and sacrifices that go along with being a father. When I'm not crunching numbers at work or getting crunched by my kids in a back yard pig pile, I enjoy reading, hiking, camping, and wrestling. I wrestled for most of my life, worked as a referee for a season, and currently volunteer as a high school coach. My life is busy but wonderful. I have found that I am happiest when I spend my time with my family creating memories and serving them and others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know personally that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. God is a god of order and wants his children to know him, to understand him, and to have clear direction in their lives. Thus, he must, and in fact has, given us a way to know with certainty which of all the churches in the world is his church. The only way to really know is to pray to Him and to ask with sincerity to be directed to the truth. I have prayed to Heavenly Father many times and have come to know through the power of the holy ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God on the earth. I know that Jesus Christ is the head of this church and that he leads it personally. The Bible and The Book of Mormon teach that "by their fruits ye shall know them." To me, this means that the true church of God will also be evident because of the goodness it brings to the lives of its followers. Even with all of the challenges and stresses of life, and the turmoil in the world, I am truly happy. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me peace, comfort, and joy. When I was a missionary, and as I now share my faith with my friends, I take great comfort in knowing that I need not, and in fact cannot, convince anyone to join this church. Anyone who wants to know if this church is true can find out by praying to Heavenly Father and asking. God loves us and will answer us. This is how I know this church is true, and the reason why I am a mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. First, I try to be a kind and loving husband and father, as Jesus taught. The saying "What would Jesus do?" has become cliche, but it is still very true. I live my faith by truly trying to do the things that Jesus would do if he were here. Another part of the church that I absolutely love is getting to work with the young men. I get to teach lessons at church on Sunday, assist the boys with the Boy Scouting program, and interact in many other settings. This last summer we went on a three day hiking trip in the mountains, finished off with some outdoor rock climbing. Even though the hiking was difficult, the boys had a good time and learned to achieving worthwhile goals requires hard work and effort. I also live my faith every day as I interact with my friends, co-workers, family members, and other acquaintances . Being a Mormon is not about going to church on Sunday. It is about becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. I try to be honest, kind, trustworthy, hard working, and all the other attributes portrayed by Jesus. The way I treat others is a good measure of how converted I really am to God's church. I am far from perfect, but through Jesus Christ I can improve my self and do better. I live my faith by trying to do my best, and relying on Jesus to make up for my failures.