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Hi I'm Jonny

I have been in the Army for 10 years, crew on a Chinook Helicopter and been deployed to combat 3 times and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a big family with 7 brothers and sisters. I grew up in the deserts of Arizona and loved to hike the mountains and camp outdoors. I am a huge fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. I have been serving in the US Army since August 2001and have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq 3 times and also had a 15 month tour in Korea. I am a flight engineer on a chinook helicopter and enjoy the friendships I have with other soldiers I work closely with to maintain the helicopters. I love flying in the helicopter and having the viewpoint of the world from the air. I also go to school part-time through online courses. I wish when I was younger I had taken more advantage of school and am learning now how to juggle schooling with the constant and demanding work schedule I have. I am working hard to finish up my degree in Criminal Justice and desire to continue to serve my community when I finish my career in the military. I guess I was destined to spend my life wanting to serve and protect other people from harm.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has brought alot of peace in my life. I was raised in the church by good parents. But everyone has to find out for themselves what they will believe. After joining the military I had to experienced life away from family and old friends and put in situations I never had to worry about before. There were a few years that I found myself away from the church and could never find joy or happiness I had while growing up. I found out that the peace and happiness I have in my life comes from truly living what I had been taught while young. The teachings of the church help me to understand the eternal happiness I can have and the chance I will have to always be with those that I love not only in this life, but after my time here is done. That helps me in my life especially as I face constant separations from family through deployments to hostile regions around the world. I know as I stay close to my beliefs I have nothing to fear.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example to those who I work closely with of the happiness the gospel brings. I try to use the time to also mend any misconceptions others have about members of the church. I hope as I have made the change in my life to turn back to the teachings of the church, that those who knew how I lived before can see the change in my life. Everyone is watching me, anyone who isn't a member of the church but has friends who are are watching them. And they will let you know if they think you did something against the teaching of the church. Seeing the help and peace over the last few years makes it easy to see that following the simple teachings can help you overcome any obstacle thrown at you.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

This is one of the greatest blessing the Lord has restored in modern times. That the family connections we have here on Earth can exist forever. Couples can be sealed in Mormon Temples that will bind them and their children together forever.After this life we will once again be reunited together in Heaven. There is no such thing as "til death do us part" in a mormon wedding. It is the joy of that knowledge that parents who lose a child that they will be together once again and not wonder what has happened to them or if they will ever see each other again. Show more Show less