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Hi I'm Jonathan

I grew up in California gold country. I'm a husband and have 3 kids, am a business owner, and I love Star Trek. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've a wonderful wife and 3 kids that make me laugh and smile. We love road trips and seeing family around the nation. We try to keep a sense of balance between normal responsibility and adventure. I enjoy Star Trek. I've also built a few balsa wood castles to give to friends for their table-based games (never got into their games, myself), and even a few spaceship models for fun. I've contributed a few ten thousand hours of volunteer work over the years, which has blessed my life immensely. The sense of making a difficult situation just a bit better for somebody gives me joy. I really like building small businesses. I'm pursuing an additional degree to improve my business skills and become more well-rounded and competent. I'm proficient in professional safety and in disaster preparedness and response/relief as well, having served as a previous LDS congregation's Preparedness Specialist. I also serve the occasional position in Boy Scouts to share a sense of adventure with that next generation of explorers.

Why I am a Mormon

I absolutely love being a Mormon! LDS doctrine is simple yet incredibly thorough and consistent, and as detailed as I wish to find out. It is all based on the eternal truths that God continually reveals. I enjoy the ability to cross-reference anything I wish, all with no confusion or conflicts hidden in the details. I like being thorough in all types of research, so that works out well for me. My parents were the technical 'converts' to the LDS church, but of course I also had to decide at a young age whether I would follow God's plan for me as it is taught in this church. The Book of Mormon includes a promise that the Holy Ghost will confirm its truth. When I was about 12, I felt the distinct impression of a still, small voice in my heart and mind as I prayed to know whether that book was true. Now I share without reservation to those that ask about my religion. I spent 2 years learning Chinese on a mission, so that is always a useful tool in my work, church, and social life. I love and appreciate my church member friends overseas. In short, I know Jesus Christ is my Savior. I'm glad he has provided a thorough gospel over the centuries and has restored the authority to be baptized to the earth. I feel happy for those who have searched their whole lives and finally find what I've found.

How I live my faith

I play an important part in my congregation. I help lead our core service and younger-men leadership group. I help coordinate their efforts in various service projects to repair/clean for or visit sick, destitute, or widowed church members or non-member neighbors who need help. We seek out people that need help, and make something happen for them. It's gratifying to say the least. The same group in each congregation is also ever-preparing for community disaster relief. Just in case.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jonathan
Yes absolutely! The Bible is verifiable scripture; sacred writings that help us to know God and His love for us. It has taken centuries to communicate through the prophets and apostles to the world, and the Old and New Testament are invaluable insight into the mind and desires of God. In addition to the Bible, Mormons believe ancient Americans--back in approx. the time the Bible was written--had access to God, and testified boldly of Jesus Christ, too. They were persecuted parallel their Old World Christian counterparts, as many people in the ancient Americas wanted the 'believers in some imaginary being' to just go away or die off. The Book of Mormon details their struggles to obey the prophet's--and later Christ's--teachings, even while their enemies attempted to destroy them for their beliefs, sometimes militarily. One man in the Book of Mormon stands out in my mind as I write this: a bold Christian military leader named Moroni. Named chief Captain of the righteous in the land, it was his duty to counter a full scale assault/invasion/massacre on the Christ-believers. The invaders outnumbered them, and an internal faction plagued the righteous in their central city, even as they lost city after city on their border. Moroni prayed for guidance to save their liberties and their freedom. He trusted God was with those people... Thanks for letting me share my thoughts. You can have a copy of the Book of Mormon to join the Bible's testimony of Christ, free from Mormon.org. Show more Show less