What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Jon

I love college sports. I love to sing and listen to classical music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful California girl. We met while both of us were attending college. We have beautiful children who give us both joys and challenges. I love music. I love to sing and play the piano. I love to go to musicals and to the symphony. Music speaks to my heart and uplifts me. I'm not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up yet. I have struggled to balance working somewhere that is fun, challenging, fulfilling, and that provides sufficiently so that my wife can work in the home as a mother. We have had to sacrifice some fun things, but God has blessed my family to have just enough to get by. I love college sports. I love the atmosphere and the display of competitive sportsmanship involving young people who are not being paid millions of dollars, but are playing for the love of the game. I have wonderful memories going with my mother and/or siblings to various games locally and sometimes traveling to a game at another school. Most of all, I know that I am a child of God. I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my light. He came to Earth to pay for my sins and to be resurrected so that I can receive forgiveness of my sins and to be resurrected so that I can live with him and God. He is my rock and salvation.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family of devout Mormons. I was never seriously exposed to other religions, nor did I ever feel the need to explore other denominations. Why? Because of the spirit in my life. My parents taught the importance of keeping the commandments. I was regularly reminded of the fact that happiness comes from choosing the right. I began to understand the whisperings of the spirit as a teenager. When I made poor choices I recognized that I felt dirty inside. As I sought help from church leaders and from God (confessing, forsaking, repairing), I had experiences where I knew God had forgiven me. I gained a desire to continually feel the spirit and as I studied the scriptures and did the best I could, I received personal revelation that assisted in protecting me from danger, helped me to make good decisions, helped me to find peace during difficult teenage moments, and gave me directions and insights that blessed me and others who I was inspired to help. I gradually came to know through my own experiences of the reality of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I read the Bible and came to know of its truthfulness. I also read the Book of Mormon and came to know through the same spirit of its divinity and truthfulness. About four years ago I had some experiences that challenged my faith at the same time I allowed complacency into my life. I began challenging those things I had learned throughout my life. My life seemed to continue spiraling out of control. It wasn't until I was reminded by God of very significant and miraculous previous events. As I sought God's direction through prayer, scripture study, and trying to do what is right, I was able to regain the continual peace and love through the Spirit of God. Bottom line: I can testify with absolute surety that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by a living prophet and contains the fulness of the Gospel. That is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I personally read the scriptures and pray every day. I go to church every week. I try to memorize scriptures from the King James Bible and the Book of Mormon. I seek ways to help others, as Christ would. I seek God's direction in my work and how to be a better husband and father. I teach my children to choose the right, to be a friend to every one, and to seek God's spirit. Daily morning scripture study as a family is an important routine. I teach my children the importance of praying to God, and seeking forgiveness for mistakes made--both big and small. I volunteer in a few different capacities at church. I attend the temple as often as possible to perform temple ordinances for my ancestors and other deceased persons.