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Hi I'm Jonny

Just a regular 'ole, SnapBack wearing college student

About Me

I'm a student at Idaho State University double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and German for Business & Professions, with minors in military science and marketing. I participate in the Army ROTC program, and hope to eventually fly Apaches before transitioning into the private sector as a defense engineer. I am married to a teacher and the father of one. My wife hails from Idaho Falls, and we met while she attended a conference at Boise State University, where I completed my first year of higher education. I have served a mission in the Boise Idaho area, and was also an exchange student just outside of Augsburg, Germany. I'm also a huge Katy Perry fan and an avid reader of comic books.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into my faith. My parents both served as missionaries for our Church and raised me in the LDS faith. But that doesn't make the man. Like most of us, I had to find out for myself before I truly accepted it all—and lived it! Unfortunately, a lot of the time, our faith is stereotyped as self-righteous or stuck up and uninviting. That is certainly not the case for anyone striving to live the doctrine. "What would Jesus do?" Well, he'd eat with the sick and the sinners.

How I live my faith

While living it in the Fatherland, I was constantly badgered to drink (In Germany? Nah...). And, being American, the spotlight was on me. I dug deep and stuck to what I knew. I couldn't just say, "I'm Mormon," and that'd be it. The closest understanding for these people as to what I believed was all gained from watching South Park—which was, of course, exactly what I wanted my faith to be tied to. So it took some self-discipline, for sure, but my conviction was strong. "Practice what you preach" is really what brought it home for me. I knew that knowing something was true didn't do you any good unless you acted on it.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Back in 1820, when Joseph Smith (who was just 14-years old at the time) didn't know which church was correct (they all taught from The Bible, but had different interpretations. Surely one of them ought to have figured it out, right?), he sought guidance from the Bible. He read James 1:5—"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him." And that's exactly what happened. Joseph Smith prayed and that's when God and Jesus told him that none of the churches were right, in the sense of having the full truth, and that he was to restore God's church on earth. In the Book of Mormon's introduction, the second-to-last paragraph reads, "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." There you have it. The answer will come through God by means of His Holy Spirit. We don't expect anyone to take our word for it—Find out for yourself! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are absolutely Christians. Our entire religion revolves around Christ and His Atonement. We are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone our church, and all doctrines of our church relate to Christ's sacrifice for us and how we can find peace through living his teachings. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is rad! It's way cool to think that Jesus Christ suffered and died for me, just so that I will have the opportunity to return to the presence of my Father in Heaven. It is only through the grace of Jesus Christ—His free gift to us—that we are able to do that! As for the whole faith vs. works debate, I do not believe that I can "save myself" through works, but rather, as a Christian, I show Christ and others my appreciation *for* that grace through trying to live my life as Christ lived His. Show more Show less