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Hi I'm Jon

I was born into an awesome family. I am now a Teacher, a Father, a husband, and admirer of Art and Beauty, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I love Art and Beauty, I love the out doors, I love video games and media of all kinds, and the list could get much longer but I’ll stop here. I’ve worked an equally long list of jobs in all kinds of industries. My favorite and current employment is teaching for the community college. I hope to switch from math to digital media eventually and am qualifying myself for the transition. My family consists of my son, wife and I. We dream of a place we call our own and are working hard for that hopeful day. I could go on and on and on, may this suffice…

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon for several reasons. The first and foundational reason came during my high school years when I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know whether it was of God or not (a tall order for an immature adolescent like myself). I was somewhere in the middle (Alma or something?) when I got an answer of its truth. It was of God there was no question in my mind or heart. It was another witness of the divinity and role of Jesus the Christ. The next reason is my hope of an after-life, one where I would live with my wife and the ones I love for the eternities. And the last major reason (that I can think of at the moment) is that always and every time that I look back to a happy time in my life it was because I was living the principles Gospel. Principles taught by our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and their prophets both ancient and modern. I am in love with the truth and I am therefore in love with the church of JESUS CHRIST of latter day saints.

How I live my faith

I currently volunteer my time with the Young Men’s program. We have lots of fun doing service projects and organizing fun events with each other. Previously to working with the young men I worked with the adults as a administrative secretary and teacher, before that I worked with the five year olds teaching and helping. Some of my favorite work has been visiting my friends and fellow ward members in the form of home teaching. I’ve had all kinds of responsibilities in Jesus Christ’s latter day church. I also enjoy scripture study and prayer as a family as well as holding Family Home Evening once a week (at least). I have been so blessed to have the tools and blessings afforded from the Lord through His restored church.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

When Moses became overwhelmed by the pressure of administering to so many people he received revelation on how to relieve the pressure by delegating responsibility. In a church where the clergy aren’t paid it is necessary to delegate responsibility so as to relieve the great pressure of the needs of the church. One way we do this is by making sure that we have a tiered system like Moses. Stakes have many wards (usually 1-10) and are overseen be a stake presidency (volunteers), wards are much smaller and are also led by a presidency called a Bishopric. Wards usually have 500-1000 members in it’s boundaries, Branches are what they sound like, they aren’t large enough to be a ward and usually consist of less than 250ish members (the numbers are more for a feel that a literal measure). Both wards and branches are overseen by the stake presidency. I see it as a way to delegate responsibility like Moses needed to. For a more precise answer read what the church has posted on it... Hope this helps... :) Show more Show less