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Hi I'm Jonathan

I grew up in Ohio, I work in finance, have a wife and two children, and I race bikes.

About Me

I grew up a mormon in Ohio. I had a great time growing up with many friends in and outside of the church. I am still close to many of them. I ran cross country and track, played the drums in a rock band, got my eagle scout, and perused many outdoor activates. Though academics were never a big part of my life in grade school, I managed to get into a great university. I met my wife my freshman year of college. We dated, knowing that after school was out I would leave for two years for a mission. I served a Spanish speaking mission, which I cannot possible describe in such a small space. When I got home my wife and I got married, had kids and I worked my way through business school. I now work in finance in Nebraska. When I am not working or with my family, I am training or racing on my Cervelo road bike.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up a mormon, I was not converted to my faith till I was 16 years old. I can point to a specific time and place that I came to know that Jesus is the Christ and that he loves me. God taught me those facts through the Holy Ghost. I’m not a sentimental person, nor naïve. My belief isn’t a result of merely trusting my parents. I haven’t been tricked into belief either. I was taught something in my heart and mind that I haven’t been able to deny. Since my experience as a 16 year old, I have added to my knowledge. First, I knew Jesus is the Christ. Then I turned to the Book of Mormon to see if Joseph Smith was truly a prophet. I found that book, his fruit, to be inspired of God. So I also know he was an inspired prophet of God. The knowledge I’ve received through the Holy Ghost, and through the word of God, has helped me guide my life. My decisions to pursue an education, start a family, be faithful to my wife, work hard at my profession, have all come as a result of living according to the word of God. I don’t know if I would have chosen those ways otherwise. I am a mormon for two reasons. (1) I cannot deny the knowledge God gave me, (2) living the gospel has given me a happy life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost by how I treat my wife and children. It is often easy to be polite and kind to strangers, and just as easy to be cross with our family members. The scriptures tell us that love is kind, and suffereth long, and is not easily provoked. We also learn in scripture that God grants all disciples the true love of Christ. My discipleship of the savior is lived when I treat my family well, and there is happiness at home. I know that my family is most likely to find happiness when we live according to the principles of the gospel.