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Hi I'm Jonathon

I love hikes, camp outs, bikes, and occasionally a good wipe-out, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Well all that I can say is that the outdoors are my best friend. I love doing anything and everything in the outdoors. Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping are just a few of my favorite hobbies. Another thing I also love is to go ice-fishing, the thinest ice that I've been fishing on so far is 2 and a half inches, pretty thin huh? Well my favorite thing above everything else if my family, I love them so dearly, and love spending time with them. I am the son of wonderful parents, and I truly look up to my Mom; she truly is my hero. I've done two and a half years of college so far, and have truly enjoyed the challenges of rigorous courses. My dream job would be a heli-copter pilot for the coast guard, but more realistically I plan on being a civil engineer. I also love to sing, you can ask anyone in my family or my friends and they will probably tell you how terrible I am, and how they wish I would stop singing all the time, but it is something that makes me smile!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a father who was not a member, but was not associated with any church; and a mother who was very active in the church. She would always take us kids to church, and helped us learn about the Savior and the sacrifice that he had made for me and for our family. Eventually my parents divorced do to many problems in their relationship. At about this point I was baptized, but some of my siblings and friends had an influence upon me, to lead me to believe that there was no God, and that evolution was what really happened. This sounded very logical to me, for it made sense, and really intelligent people (scientists) supported this idea. Despite my disbelief in God, I continued going to church with my family and went to various church activities, and on my own studied the Bible and Book of Mormon side by side. My beliefs soon turned to agnostic, I thought that there might or might not be a God, but still had many doubts. But I had many experiences of dear friends telling me that they knew there was a God, Jesus Christ is the Savior, and that Joseph Smith brought not his own church into existence, but brought CHRIST'S Church back to the earth. I continued to read the Book of Mormon and Bible which built that belief for me that there was a God and that he loved me. I began to pray and saw God answer my many prayers, and give my Mom strength to make it through the challenges of her divorce with my father. God was the only one there at times for me, and as I grew older I began to realize that there is something more than logic. I realized that there was more than things that are seen, heard, smelt, touched, or tasted, there was things that are felt in the heart. I now know without a doubt that there is a God, and he loves each one of us. I plead with you to find for yourself as I did that he is there, and he sent his Son, FOR YOU, and he has called a prophet as he did in times of old to bless his people.

How I live my faith

I do my best to keep the 2 great commandments. That is "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart," and second "love thy neighbor as thy self." I am always looking for oppurtunities to uplift or help someone else. I'm not the most social person, so I know what it feels like to be left out. So I look for oppurtunities to help those that do feel left out. I had a powerful experience a few years back when I was a youth, I would always sit with my family during our worship service. One day we had a new family move in that consisted of a 14 year old boy, and parents. The parents would seldom come to church, but the boy was always there, so many times he would sit by himself. He looked so lonely, and was very shy. So one day prompted by God, I looked and saw him sitting alone, and my heart ached. Then I felt God telling to go and sit by this young man, and I did so, and talked with him and made him feel he had a friend. After the service as I was about to walk out of the chapel an older lady stopped me, and with tear-filled eyes told me of how I had touched her heart, and that she was so proud of me for helping that young boy. Mostly I just live my faith by being a disciple of Christ and always being worthy to bear his name. We as members of the church are no different than our brothers and sisters of other faiths, we are all trying to do good, and what we feel is right. I want you, no mater what church you go to, or don't go to, to pray for truth, and "ye shall find," as I have.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jonathon
So basically these words are all geographical boundries drawn up to encompass so many members of our church. A ward is a geographical area that encompasses an area with about 300-700 of our church members. A branch is a little smaller only covering maybe say 100 members. A ward and a branch are congregations, whereas a stake is not. A stake is several boundaries of ward or branches combined to encompass 6-12 wards or branches, or about 600-3500 members. Just think of a ward or branch as a congregation. But a stake as a group of congregations who don't go to church together but are grouped more for leadership purposes. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jonathon
First let me say that sexual relations, and attractions are of God, and should be used to express love to one's spouse! However the Lord has commanded us strictly to express that love only when a man and woman have been legally and lawfully married. But it is used to express love to one's spouse and to bring children into this world, within a marriage. The Law of Chastity is a commandment that has been revealed from the beginning of time. Known in the ten commandments as "Thou shalt not commit adultery." In Matthew chapter 5, verses 27-28 Christ says, "Ye heard it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery already in his heart." Christ gave a higher law, it wasn't just not having sex outside of marriage, it was not doing anything that sexually arouses us at all, until we are married. In essence the Law of Chastity is avoiding anything whatsoever that would stimulate us sexually until we have been legally and lawfully married. Living the Law of Chstity prevents us from having the guilt of sexual relations. Every child born into this world should have a loving mother and father, I live with divorced parents, and it's hard on a kid torn between parents. The love developed through sexual relations are so much more meaningful when only used in marriage. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jonathon
The church does not endorse any political party or candidates. The church urges it's members to be active participants in voting and in being community oriented. The church does not sponsor or endorse parties or candidates. A person should vote for a candidate that has similar beliefs and opinions as them self. Just because I'm a member of the church does not mean that I will vote for another member of the church. We vote for those whose beliefs and opinions are in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jonathon
Might I say that the whole entire purpose of missionaries is to testify of Jesus Christ, and help others develop faith in Him. The missionaries will invite you to read the scriptures, pray, come to church, and do other things that will strengthen your faith. They may eventually invite you to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized, that your sins may be washed away. Everyone has a different purpose in meeting with the missionaries, some may just want to know more about what Mormon's believe, some may truly be searching for the truth, whatever your interests are the missionaries are there to satisfy those interests. I love that missionaries will never tell you what to believe, they will share the beliefs of the church and ask you to pray to God and ask Him if what they shared is truth. Show more Show less