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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm studying to become fluent in 3 languages and an infinite number of cultures and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a NoVA man, and proud of it (Northern Virginia) I'm studying/hoping to pursue a career in International Relations, with an emphasis in Latin American Relations I'm a student at Brigham Young University I love learning about different cultures, and how they interact with one another I've been called to serve a 2-year mission in Joao Pessoa, Brazil I speak English, Spanish, and (hopefully) soon Portuguese I am obsessed with music; viola, violin, piano, singing. I'm an Eagle Scout I'm the Oldest of Five Children

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the right church for me; and more importantly that it's true. It has been such a tremendous blessing in my life; words really don't do it justice. I have seen it transform people's lives in ways that, as individual experiences, are powerful.The Gospel is such a blessing in my life. It answers important questions like "Why am I here?" "Why do I matter?" "What happens after my time on Earth is up?" and "Does anyone out there care about me?" These aren't just questions I made up; these are real-life questions that I have seen in the lives of other people. During tough times in my life, I've sometimes asked one or more of these questions myself. But as I look through the scriptures and the basic teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the answers become clear. I am a Child of God; not only that, but you and I, and everyone who has ever lived on this Earth are all children of our Heavenly Father. He Loves us, indiscriminately; and wants us to return to live with him. What a powerful, and beautifully simple truth this is. And yet, it answers so much, and is such a comfort during times of trial, hardship or despair. This is one of the main reasons why I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; because this principle of Love is at the heart of this church, its doctrine, its members, and everything they stand for. I want to challenge each of you reading this; whether you're a member of the church or just someone exploring what the church is about, to look for the Love in the doctrinal principles, and actions of this church. Whether it be scriptures, modern-day prophets, the Book of Mormon, the atonement, temples, acts of service; or even something something as fundamental as the cornerstone, and name-sake of the church; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I promise you that the Love of God can be found therein. This has become my goal, as a member of this Church, and I know that my life has been better for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to take what I learn in church, and apply it outside of church. That's really the key to living any faith; is to take what you hear on Sunday, and try to apply it Monday through Saturday. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints makes it so easy. The Church provides endless opportunities to serve, in your community through Scouting programs and Ward service activities, in the church by visiting other members and helping those in need, and in the World through humanitarian efforts like the Helping Hands Organization. Service is important to me, because it helps me develop Christ-like attributes; character traits that Christ demonstrated, like Charity, Patience, and Humility (Service is also just fun to do!) The Church makes it so easy to live my faith, because it is so diverse. There are people from all different walks of life, different languages, different cultures, different parts of the world; but we're all trying to accomplish the same goal. So whether I'm trying to find people to serve, or need help from someone, there's always someone there to help me. If I'm going through a tough challenge or trial in my life, chances are there's someone else in the church who has overcome a similar challenge in their own life, and has insights that can help me through it.