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Hi I'm Jonathan Walther

I'm an Alaskan, a student, a nerd, an uncle, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Alaska, I've been able to witness some of the most beautiful sights on the planet, through experiences like hiking, cycling, canoeing, and snow-machining. I'm the youngest of seven, and the joy I get from spending time with my nieces and nephews has shown me how much I want to be a father. I'm an extremely dedicated student, and I try to push myself as hard as I possibly can. I've competed in high school wrestling and debate, and I'm currently attending college so that I can pursue a career in computer science. I'll soon be taking a two-year hiatus to go to Perú and learn Spanish in order to teach others about my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I have received a direct manifestation from a divine being that both the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I know that God is real and that Jesus is the Christ and I am given heavenly confirmation, peace, hope, and an incredible spiritual feeling of right when I participate in and follow the teachings of the Church. The beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make complete sense to my logical mind, and they bring beauty and simplicity to an otherwise chaotic world. I know these things to be absolutely true from the very core of my being. The existence of God and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon are things I could never deny.

How I live my faith

I help to administer an ordinance we call "the sacrament" at weekly Sunday meetings. I have various other responsibilities, like visiting families and individuals in my congregation, collecting donations to help feed poorer members, and checking up on the sick and elderly. I also do my very best to be generous with my time, money, and resources. I donate 10 percent of all of my income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I also donate to fast offerings (a program that helps the poorer members of the church financially) and humanitarian aid. It is my goal to be able to put the needs of other people above mine and be able to serve others whenever they need me. Although I do fall short, I am always striving to become a more selfless person. I will also shortly depart on a two-year self-paid mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Trujillo, Perú where I will have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ full-time. However I think that in addition to obeying the Lord's commandments and fulfilling my duties, the most important way I live my faith is in my personal life as I try to emulate the life of Jesus Christ, my Savior, and work to become a more charitable and loving person.

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

Jonathan Walther
The Church urges its members, citizens of nations across the world, to exercise their free will whenever possible by actively participating in the political process. Thus, the Church wants each member to vote as an individual; there is no political ideology necessary to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Church does not wish to impose any political agenda on its members. The Church celebrates its political diversity, and recognizes that gospel truths are compatible with a multitude of very different political beliefs. The Church believes in obeying and respecting the law, however, the Church does not endorse any political parties or candidates. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jonathan Walther
The early Christian church suffered intense persecution in its initial stages. The Apostles and leadership of the church were martyred, as they were killed for their undeniable faith in Jesus Christ. Many were crucified, some were beheaded, others were stabbed, beaten, or stoned. The leadership of the church was killed so quickly that they could not properly be replaced. Many people still had strong faith in Jesus Christ, but the proper authority to lead and guide the church had been lost, and this allowed false doctrines and wickedness to spread. Soon, ordinary people had no access to the word of God and through the centuries, many important doctrines were lost or mistranslated. With God's authority lacking from the earth, many truths were complicated and confused. Without proper authority, there was no way to determine which of various interpretations was correct and the result was that doctrines became determined through debate and argument, and Christianity began to split. In 1830, Christ's authority was placed back on the earth as He reorganized his church. This authority continues to the current day in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jonathan Walther
In the New Testament, Jesus called 12 Apostles to serve with Him in ministering His gospel. After the death of Judas Iscariot, there were only 11 Apostles, yet even after the time of Jesus, the remaining Apostles were inspired to choose a replacement for Judas, and so they chose Matthias. We can see Jesus Christ did not intend for the Apostles to be around for just His time on earth, but rather, to continue to lead and guide His church even after he had departed. Apostles lead and guide the Church, give us instructions, clarify doctrine, proclaim the gospel, and personally testify of the divinity and reality of Jesus Christ. Christ's original church was led by 12 Apostles after he left, and as the modern-day continuation of that church, we continue to be guided by 12 Apostles. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jonathan Walther
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of the history, writings, revelations, and testimonies of a group of people who lived on the American continent around the time period that Jesus Christ lived. Mormon was the person who under instruction from God, collected and abridged the records of his people. The book contains some of his teachings as well as from many other prophets and record-keepers. The book's entire purpose is to testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind. God showed the record to a young man named Joseph Smith in the early 19th century, who was then able to translate it with the divine assistance and then published it in 1830. The Book of Mormon complements and clarifies what is taught in the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is full of very powerful truths and spiritual guidance. It ends with a promise that if you read and sincerely pray about the Book of Mormon, you can know for yourself whether or not it is true. Show more Show less