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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a husband and father of two. I'm a budding pediatrician and medical researcher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 4th year medical student in Virginia, and I am in the process of applying to Pediatrics residencies all across the country. Only time will tell where I end up! My undergraduate background is in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in nanomaterials. I hope some day to apply what I learned as an undergrad to help push medicine beyond its current limitations and further into the reach of children and parents who now feel beyond hope. Just before starting medical school, I married my wife and best friend. We now have two children. Our daughter is quite the character. I often say that she has more personality than both of her parents combined, and I am pretty sure that she has more brains than the two of us as well. She keeps us on our toes! Our new son, who only just joined our family, is helping to provide some much needed balance. He loves to smile and is overall content to take life as it comes. I can't help but look at the two of them and consider the amazing things that they will do someday. I come from a family of 8 children. I am # 5. My parents had 6 boys, and I guess after the 6th they decided they had better just adopt the girls! We are a tight-knit group today and love spending time together singing or playing Frisbee when we get the chance.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family so naturally one would conclude that I would become a Mormon too. But it was not automatic. My parents were good about motivating their children to search the scriptures for themselves to learn if they were true, and my testimony came piece by piece. First by learning to pray and trust God… then by learning to find answers to my prayers in His revealed word (the Book of Mormon and the Bible have been particularly meaningful to me). It’s difficult to share something so personal and so profound on a computer screen, but I can assure you that God is there and that He cares about you. I promise you that if you reach out to Him sincerely, He will reach back to you. The key lies in recognizing the response when it comes. God usually does not speak to us in loud and dramatic ways. More often, He communicates in ways that are subtle but far more profound. If you haven’t already, I would invite you to get a copy of the Book of Mormon. Try reading it! If you do so prayerfully, I promise you, you will find that it makes you a happier and better person. That’s what the Book of Mormon, and the Bible, have done for me.

How I live my faith

I took a planned pause during my time in college to volunteer as a missionary for my church, and I was sent to France and Switzerland. My mission had a profound impact on me. Of course, I had to learn French, but that was only the start. I spent each day looking for opportunities to render service and share the gospel message. Most of my listeners were either agnostic or uninterested, but I learned to overcome disappointment and expect the best in others. My mission provided me with the rare opportunity of making lasting friendships with people from all backgrounds, nationalities, and religions. The many viewpoints I saw helped to expand my perspective of the world. What's more, I watched as broken people picked up the pieces of their lives and gained the hope of a fresh start. Since returning home, I have continued to volunteer in any way I have been asked. That’s one of the fun things about the LDS church… we all pitch in and help out. Really, there’s no end to the callings we can be asked to hold. I have been asked to help with teaching the young children, to helping with music, to leading a group of men my own age, and so on. Most recently I assisted with the young men's organization in my local congregation for about three years. I principally worked with the 12-15 year-old boys. My duties involved preparing and teaching Sunday lessons, planning and assisting with activities, and aiding Boy Scout leaders. We did a number of service projects with the youth such as gathering food for a women's/children's shelter. Much of my time was spent mentoring individual boys as they worked to achieve their personal educational, character, and spiritual goals. The opportunity to serve in the church is a great blessing. Jesus said, “… he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it,” and I have learned more about myself in the Lord’s service than I ever could have done otherwise.