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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a pre-optometry student, a father of two, a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father two kids, a two-year-old girl and a soon-to-be one-year-old boy. I am a pre-optometry student, and will have completed a bachelor's in English literature by the time my prerequisites for optometry school are completed. In my free time I like: reading, being with my kids and wife, and composing and enjoying music. I like mostly the simple pleasures of life, the wholesome, uplifting things God has given us to be happy and have joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living the Gospel brings joy and richness and depth to my life. There are many philosophies that one could believe, many paths to follow, but i have found that the most fulfilling and meaningful path is the one blazed by the Son of God. As I have tried to cultivate a Christian life, I have found that the most genuine and lasting dreams of my heart have begun to bud and flower, and the fleeting dreams that would only choke the meaning out of life begin to shrivel and fade. To be a follower of Christ is to uncover the precious gems of family, faith, work, hope, peace, and love.

How I live my faith

One way that I live my faith is by serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been an instructor of classes of various age groups, pianist, organist, missionary, and I have held various leadership positions. Currently I am the organist for my congregation. Another way I live my faith is by going to church each Sunday, where I learn about Christ and how I can follow Him. I try to contribute to the lessons taught by sharing my convictions and beliefs and what I understand about the doctrines taught. I try to live the things that I learn, the most challenging but most rewarding part of being a Christian!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jonathan
It is my understanding that women do not hold the priesthood in the Church because each sex, male and female, has "a divine nature and destiny" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). More specifically, we believe that "...fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families", and that "...mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children." Not only do these roles help us to understand a significant part of the purpose of our creation, they also ensure that the essential needs of a family are taken care of, and the responsibilities associated with them distributed between the parents. Because these roles never change, the men of the church can meet together, which they do every Sunday in a priesthood quorum, and support and instruct each other in their role as fathers. This often involves discussion of the priesthood, which is associated with the presiding part of their role. Mothers, too, meet together as an organization known as the Relief Society and support and instruct each other in their nurturing role as mothers. These organizations provide opportunities for leadership for both sexes, and assist fathers and mothers in fulfilling their individual roles in the family, as well as in their responsibility to "help one another as equal partners." Show more Show less