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Hi I'm Jonnie

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I am happily remarried. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love hanging out with my wife and kids. We do lots of fun things together. Anything from washing the dishes to jumping on the trampoline to long walks or bike rides to reading scriptures together. I grew up in a large family and really enjoy the fun and chaos that comes with big families. We enjoy outside and inside activities. It doesn't matter what we do, as long as we do it together - that's happiness for me. I met my wife as a single father of 2 in California. We were introduced over the internet through a dating website and then met in person a week later. Many of our dates were just hanging out after my 2 kids had gone to sleep. We grew close through conversation and simple home-bound activities. Now married 4 1/2 years with 3 additional children we still love sitting and chatting as often as we can, again usually after all the kids go to sleep. Having a blended family can be tough at times, but with love, patience, and good listening skills we are making ours a wonderful family all together. I enjoy listening to and playing music. I like to listen to books on CD in my car on the way to work. We enjoy movies on our TV but don't have any television service. I like to clean and organize when I get the chance. I enjoy technology and gadgets. I like basketball and volleyball. I don't really watch any sports because I'd rather play than watch. I try to have a very positive outlook with as much enthusiasm and energy as I can every day. That's me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have received a simple and sure witness that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I was born into a Mormon family and learned about the gospel since I was little. In my teen years I began to have questions and saw some of my Mormon friends choose other paths and some of my non-Mormon friends choose to be baptized into the Church. I knew that I would have to test it for myself to know whether or not it was true. I had had several wonderful, spiritual experiences with my family and the church. But I wanted to know for sure for myself. So I took the challenge of reading the Book of Mormon and then asking God in prayer if it was really true, if it was really His Word. I read each day for almost 7 months and prayed each day asking directly if it was true. Finally, after finishing the last chapter I resolved to pray and keep praying until I had received my answer. I had faith that God lives, loves us, and will answer our sincere prayers. So I knelt down in my college dorm room next to the bed and began to pray. I prayed and prayed. It felt like forever, but I'm sure it was only 15 or 20 minutes. I told the Lord that I thought it was true, that it seemed true to me, but that I wanted a special, personal, and really undeniable witness of its truth. Somewhere in my 3rd or 4th prayer attempt the answer came. I felt a deep warmth and vivid presence come over me. I kept my eyes closed and focused on these feelings. It seemed in my mind as if the walls and room were disappearing and I was standing alone in a wide space. I felt in my mind the assurance and calming message that it was all true. And that I must dedicate myself to following all of the gospel principles. It was a wonderful and singular personal witness to me. I have since had other very personal spiritual experiences that further confirm to me that this is God's true gospel, that he loves me and wants me to do my best to follow Christ so I can return to him.

How I live my faith

I enjoy living my faith every day. I have had the opportunity to serve in the church with the youth, in congregational leadership, and now currently as the Gospel Doctrine Teacher for Sunday School. We are recently studying the New Testament and more specifically the Epistles of Paul. The students share such wonderful experiences and testimonies about the various Gospel truths and we feel Heavenly Father's love for each of us in class. I also love the assignment I have each month to go with a companion and visit the homes of 2 families. We try to minister to their needs, to bring them a Gospel message, and to help them in their life. Sometimes we get to help with big tasks in the yard or home projects. Sometimes we get to offer a shoulder to lean on during a crisis. I feel blessed by this opportunity to serve other families in this way. We strive to live the Gospel in our home in a variety of ways. We read the scriptures and pray together as a family every day. We pray over meals and in the morning and at night. We have a Family Home Evening each Monday evening and share a Gospel lesson and some fun time and treats. We try to be self-sufficient with food and water storage and we're trying to learn about gardening as well. We are careful about the foods we eat and try to live a clean, healthy lifestyle (although I still probably eat too much ice cream). We attend Church each Sunday and various Church-related activities on other days. We pay a tithing of 10% and other offerings as well. We try to teach our children values such as work, responsibility, kindness, and confidence. Living my faith blesses my life and my family's lives each day. I am so grateful to know of the true Gospel and to have the chance to live by its' precepts.