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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a musician, a snowboarder, and a social work major. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Utah most of my life, only leaving to serve a mission for the church in Kenya and Tanzania. I almost feel more at home there than I do at home! I'm currently studying social work in university and hope to be able to work with youth upon graduation. Apart from my studies, I love music! I'm a percussionist and if there is a musical instrument that is played by hitting it, chances are I can play it. Drumming, particularly, runs through my veins. I also love to snowboard. There's nothing like a warm, sunny day on the slopes!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and feel very grateful that I was blessed with parents and siblings who raised me with a knowledge of the Savior and His love for all of us. As with all, my testimony did not come easy. It was a gradual process, now and then questioning the beliefs I had held my entire life. And those beliefs have stood the tests of my faith. Even with every passing trial witnessed in others and in myself, I still notice the love of God and Jesus Christ. Because of that love and the testimony I have gained through study, prayer, and a witness from the Holy Spirit, I know that the church is led by Jesus Christ, who is its foundation. We are helped along our path by a prophet of God. And we have God's word in the holy scriptures, there waiting for us to discover and rediscover the answers to our questions. All this knowledge has allowed me to lead a life open to possibilities because I know that I have a foundation to build upon and a safety net to catch me when I fall. All this has come to me because of my Mormon faith!

How I live my faith

"Faith without works is dead" is a phrase known to many of us. Living my faith is not always an easy task, though a task of utmost importance. I wouldn't pretend to be perfect, because of course I make mistakes every day. But one of the things I love most about the gospel is that as long as I try my best, mistakes can be overcome. I try my best to participate in church meetings, for the benefit of myself as well as the class. Paying an honest tithe has always been a must for me. I don't believe I would make it without paying my tithing and receiving promised blessings. But the most simple and often times most difficult way to live my faith has been to live and treat others as Jesus would. It has been a goal of mine to see other's through His eyes, and treat them with the love He has for them. A friendly smile and a helping hand, to me, is one of the best ways to show others our love for Jesus Christ and to help them feel His love for them.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

As a missionary serving in Kenya and Tanzania, I grew such a great love for all of God's children, regardless of whether they were Mormons or not. We ALL need help at sometime, and it is our belief that we should seek out opportunities to help those in need, whether they are members of our faith or not. While in Kenya and Tanzania, we gave different kinds of services to those of other faiths ranging from looking after disabled children in a hospital, to digging in the shambas (gardens or farms), to playing football at a rural orphanage. These acts of service were some of the most joyous experiences I've ever had, and none of those involved were Mormon, other than my fellow companions. Our faith requires and encourages us to help all those in need! Show more Show less