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Hi I'm Jon

I am many things depending upon what I am doing at the time (husband, father, dentist, etc.). Also, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As pertains to one's job I have often heard people say, "My job is what I do, not what I am." I would have to say that for me, what I do tends to direct who I am, or what I may yet become. I have been taught from my infancy that I am a brother to all human kind. That being said, many times my "siblings" drive me crazy. So much so that I often don't feel any filial love toward many people in the world. But, I endeavor to do things that will help me to feel a love for all people, everywhere, in the hope that treating all people as brothers and sisters by following the teachings of Jesus Christ will eventually cause me to truly be a brother to all and not just a brother in name only. In my younger life I used to consider myself to be a basketball player, skier, mountain biker, golfer, and tennis player. Accordingly I spent a lot of time doing those things. Now, I do not spend enough time doing any of those things to consider myself those things. I enjoy them still, but they are not what I am. What I spend my time doing is what I am. I am a son to devoted and good parents, a brother to 2 older sisters, a father of 2 energetic boys, a husband to 1 wonderful wife, and a dentist. In my quest to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, I am also a Mormon. And let it be known that, while I often fall short, I am trying to become good, or maybe even great, at all the things I am. After all, if something is worth being, it is worth being good.

Why I am a Mormon

I began as a Mormon simply because my parents are Mormon and they raised me to be one. That is how I came to be a Mormon initially, but it is not why I am a Mormon currently. The Book of Mormon is the reason I continue to be a Mormon. At some point another's belief is not sufficient to sustain one's acting on a belief system. I am no different. The rigors of life and religious fidelity are simply too much to allow me to hang on to an ideology simply because my parents believe it. My own belief has come from a study and pondering of the Book of Mormon over many years and multiple reads. The Book of Mormon has convinced me that the Jesus Christ of the New Testament is the Savior of the world. He is truly the Son of God. He died and rose again the third day in actual reality. Because I believe the Book of Mormon to be true I also believe the Bible to be the word of God. The two together confirm and reinforce one another.

How I live my faith

I am not, by nature, an outgoing person. My natural tendency is toward being a hermit. Fortunately, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides me chances to break out of my natural shell and do things I wouldn't normally do on my own. For instance, I have been a Boy Scout leader for more than six years. I have spoken publicly on many occasions in front of 150 people or more. I have learned to teach adults, teens, and children by experience. I have gone to homes of people I have never met before to inquire about their well being and offer assistance as needed. I have gone to a foreign country to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a language not my own to a people who know little or nothing about Christianity. I continue to serve in Church assignments where asked, knowing I will benefit from the experience, and hoping I can help someone else. And most importantly, I try to apply the principles from Christ's Sermon on the Mount to this service, and my every day interactions with people. In so doing I hope to become what God would have me be, rather than a hermit.