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Hi I'm Jonny Norton

I was born in California, I live in Utah, I love history, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to smile and enjoy the blessing of each new day. Life is an amazing thing; it all seems to go by so quickly! I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf with my friends, reading, and trying to learn new things (life's short--learn all you can!). I attended and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in history. I enjoy meeting new people and talking about Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

Faith in Jesus Christ is a beautiful thing. Putting that faith into action is even better. I was born into the Church but never had a testimony as a child. I went to church because I was told that's what I needed to do! When I was 24 years old I attended the baptism of my younger sister. The Spirit was so strong and I could not dismiss nor could I avoid this feeling that came over me. My grandfather came up to me after the baptismal service, put his arm around me, and said "Jon, the Lord always wants us to come back." I went back to church shortly thereafter. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know the he has called prophets in these last days just as he had in times of old. We know that "Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8) and that "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). I know these things to be true because I have knelt in humble prayer asking Heavenly Father if they are true. That same feeling that I had at my sister's baptism confirmed--and continues to confirm--that they are.

How I live my faith

I have chosen to live my faith by doing my personal best to be happy! After all, the Lord has told us "happy shalt though be, and it shall be well with thee" (Psalm 128:2). I can show this happiness to others by lending a helping hand to someone in need, smiling to a stranger, and sharing the message of the restoration of Jesus Christ's gospel. What greater happiness can there be then helping someone come unto Christ?

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jonny Norton
Have you ever asked yourself the questions, "where am I going? how did I get here? where did I come from?" God is our loving Heavenly Father; He has created us, He knows us, and He cares for us. Before we came to the Earth, we lived in His presence; however, we did not yet have a body as He had so He made a plan for us. His work and His glory is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). In order to do this, God has given us a body so that we can make choices between good and evil. When we follow Jesus Christ, we are choosing God. When we follow or do things contrary to the will of God, we are pushing ourselves farther from Him. When we make covenants with God on this Earth (a covenant is a binding promise between God and man) we have the opportunity to live again in His presence. The first covenant is baptism! "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). This baptism needs to be performed by someone holding the priesthood authority of God (just as John the Baptist had when he baptized Christ; see Luke 1 for more information). The opportunity to live with God again with our families is the greates gift God has given us. By following our Heavenly Father's plan, you--just like all of His children--can one day return to live with HIm and with your loved ones. Show more Show less