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Hi I'm Lon

I own an Anytime Fitness in Spokane, Washington. I'm training for my first marathon and working toward an Ironman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of two amazing, lovely children, and I think the world of them and their potential! I work much of the time, but I really enjoy my work. I begin early in the morning at UPS, then I spend the rest of my day at Anytime Fitness as the owner. What I like most about my days is when I can sit down with someone, discussing thier life goals, and just how they are going to achieve them. What's magical is when we are both inspired with a clear vision as to how the seemingly impossible becomes very realistic and motivating! In my spare time, I enjoy running as I am training for a marathon and hope to complete an Ironman some day...if I can manage to swim and somehow stay above water. I also enjoy simply spending time in the outdoors enjoying the beauties of this world the Lord has provided for us! Music is uplifting for me. On Pandora, I listen to stations like Jack Johnson, Ingrid Michaelson, Harry Connic Jr., Coldplay, Baroque and other classical music, and of course Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I like to sing as well, and not only in the shower. I grew up in a family of singers, and I can remember singinging saprano as a boy to now singing bass and tenor in church and on other occassions...especially making up silly songs with my daughter. I've been an athlete all my life. Football is the funnest sport I have played, while wrestling was the very best for me personally. I love life and I enjoy a healthy sense of humor. As my father often said in parting, "Happy Days!"

Why I am a Mormon

Since the beginning of my days, Jesus Christ has been and is now the central influence of my life. With parents and a large family raising me to learn of and understand the Savior's part in our Heavenly Father's plan, I have early memories of wanting a solid and intimate ralationship Him. As a youngster, my family frequently served others in His name, we went to church weekly in His name, we enjoyed life's pleasures in His name, and we prayed daily to the Father, on our knees, in His name. As a youth, I remember very real temptations that would have lead me away from Christ. With the influence of my family, the covenants I made at baptism, attendance in church programs, my interest in the written word of God, and my sensitivity to spiritual matters, I chose to embrace Jesus Christ as my litteral Savior and Redeemer. I remember having a heartfelt testimony as a youth that I wanted to "be like Jesus." I felt Him to be my litteral older Brother, and the perfect example of how I should live my life. I remember feeling saddened that some of my friends didn't understand all that Jesus did for us. I remember all of this as a youth quite clearly, and I feel the same today. I know that my Heavenly Father has a perfect plan of happiness that will bring us back into His glorious presence after this life. His plan's central truth is that Jesus Christ suffered for all of our sins and died, then resurrected in order that we could overcome sin and death. Jesus Christ's atonement is the only way through which we can return back to our Father in Heaven and experience neverending happiness, and eternal joy. I had the opportunity to share this message to the people of northern Italy for 2 years, I spent 4 months in the Holy Land where much of this wonder occurred, and the Spirit I felt there is the same Spirit I feel when I am on my knees praying to the Father in my bedroom confirming this truth to me. I'm a Mormon because of Jesus Christ, and I strive to live each day in His name.

How I live my faith

Every morning I pray with real intent in gratitude for all I am blessed with, especially for the atonement of Jesus Christ, and I ask for daily Spiritual guidance, from the Holy Ghost, that I will be directed to do our Heavenly Father's will. I study the scriptures often and strive to apply them in my literal life. I attend church weekly, and I partake of the sacrament to renew my baptismal covenants, promising to be a good person, to represent Jesus Christ, and to help others who are in need of His love. While at church I teach children, ages 10 and 11, about Jesus Christ. I have church assignments to be greatly involved in our missionary programs, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are open to learn of Him. I attend our temple regularly, where I have made sacred covenants to be a good person, to serve in God's church and in my community, to sacrifice my time and talents to the building up of God's Kingdom here on earth, to live a chaste and moral life, to give of my material posessions where needed to fulfill God's purposes, and others for the benefit of all mankind. I serve in my community as a volunteer on the board of directors of our local chapter's Alzheimers Association, and I support the Boy Scouts of America, as a past Varsity Scout leader, Cub Master, and current committee member. I serve as an Elder in the church fulfilling priesthood responsibilities with the authority to act in the name of God here on earth. These responsibilies include giving blessings to the sick and afflicted, administering ordinances such as baptism, the sacrament, and others. My priesthood responsibility also calls me to visit a number of families, in our church, on a monthly basis, sharing with them a spiritual message, and serving them in whatever capacity in which they are in need. It is an honor for me to hold priesthood responsibilities that essentially call me to be a tool in our Heavenly Father's hands. It is my true desire to be His humble servant.