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Hi I'm Jon Hanagan

I am a Japan, Kobe Missionary, BYU-I student, guitarist, singer, Physchology major, and a Mormon!

About Me

I currently am serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Japan, Kobe mission! It has been wonderful so far and I am blessed to be able to teach the people of Japan about Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It is so wonderful to represent Him in all that I do and to conduct myself in a manner than pleases him. I am from Yorba Linda, CA but I was born in Federal Way, WA. I am the youngest of 3 boys in our family and I am the last to leave the house!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon simply because I feel so close to Heavenly Father when I strive to keep the commandments he has re-established through this Church. It's interesting how morals and ethics and all things that once had value are so rare to find nowadays. Granted we are imperfect and so we will never be perfect with any value or commandment. But I believe that this church and the members within it are all trying harder than just about anyone else in the world to uphold those standards, morals, and ethics. I feel peace knowing that in a world of anger and hatred, there exists real, true love and peace. And the funny thing is that I came to feel all of this through prayer and reading the Book of Mormon. There was nothing somebody told me or some massive discovery or a bolt of lightning that crashed upon my head. It has been continuous nourishment through prayer and scripture study that keeps me going. How cool is that? Everything I need to keep myself at peace and happy can fit in my hands and rest in my heart. It's that simple. :)

How I live my faith

As a missionary, you spend a lot of time doing exactly that, living the faith by preaching the word. We are confronted every day with temptations do to the wrong, cheat others or ourselves, and look for quick and easy gratifications. It can be easy to get lost along our way in life. Nobody is perfect. But living a faith is not as hard as it sounds. You just try to be a good man or woman. You keep in mind Heavenly Fathers high expectations and work to your best ability to meet them. Again, we are imperfect and stumble. Sometimes we stumble frequently enough to feel like giving up. Feelings of inadequacy arise and we fall short. But part of living my faith is also knowing that faith includes faith in forgiveness through Jesus Christ and that although we fall here and there, Heavenly Father beckons us to get back up and continue with a smile. Prayer is essential in that process, along with earnest scripture study. Partaking of the sacrament is also a special time of the week for me to renew my promises I made with God and start on a fresh path of faith-filled Christ-like living.