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Hi I'm Jonathan Walker

I'm a devoted husband father and grandfather. I'm a retired Firefighter. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up on horseback, first in the mountains of Oregon and than in the high mountain planes of Idaho. I love everything about the out doors but I love the Mountains most. I learned to alpine ski when I was six which brought a whole new meaning for the anticipation of the first snow. I met an amazing girl when we were fourteen years old and we had many exciting adventures together during our teen years. She was and still is my best friend. I was crippled by a rare and very aggressive disease at fifteen and my parents divorced when I was sixteen. I learned many important lessons from the Faith of my parents and friends. Through Gods blessing I was healed. After serving a mission I married my best friend. I worked for nearly five years as a Police officer and for twenty five as a professional Firefighter/Paramedic. During this time we raised two wonderful daughters and now have three amazing grandchildren. For 25 years I taught professional development and specialized rescue courses across ours and in nearby states . We have traveled across North America, Europe, Great Britten and been Down Under. We have loved every country we have visited and are continually amazed at the wonders of God's creation.

Why I am a Mormon

A friend asked me how I survived the challenges of my youth, I told him I didn't realize they were challenges because I had my Heavenly Father by my side. The lessons from my childhood, of Jesus and his love for us, coupled with the example of my parent's faith in His power in our lives helped me feel confident in turning to my Father in Heaven in challenging times. Through Faith and our Fathers in heaven's power on earth I witnessed miracles in my life which allowed me to walk, run and climb mountains. I witnesses many more miracles while serving as a missionary in Scotland and Ireland. As a Police Officer and than as a Firefighter Paramedic I witnesses still more miracles wrought by our Heavenly Fathers Hand. The very greatest of these miracles, even super-seeding the miracle of birth, -that of a changing heart. I have learned that through honest and humble prayer we can and should talk with our Father in Heaven. As we take our troubles to him he will help us. Sometimes by lightening our burden. Sometimes by strengthening us. Always in teaching us truth through his spirit. I know my Heavenly Father loves us and cares about us. I know the fullness of his Gospel has been given back to us in these troubling times. The simplicity of the truths contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon are assured and reassured by the Holy Spirit. I know God lives and that he knows and loves us as individuals. I know Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind. I know he is my savior. I know this, not because of the many miracles I have seen but because the Spirit testifies it is so. .You can know- Just Ask!

How I live my faith

First by following- I followed my religious leaders in becoming and Eagle Scout and an active member of my church youth group which did many service projects in the community and for members of other faiths. I followed the example of my parents in looking for ways to serve those around me. This became a life style which lead me to a career in public service. Second by teaching- I became a staff member at a Scout camp for three years teaching the skills and values I had learned from my church leaders and a youth leader in my church youth group helping other young men understand the connection between faith, actions and the blessings of our Father in Heaven. I served a 2 year mission sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the wonderful people of Scotland and Northern Ireland. As an adult I have served as a Sunday school teacher for children, teenagers and for adults. I have been a Scout leader for my church group and had the honor of piloting a back county youth leadership program which teaches advanced leadership skills to both young men and young women. Third by serving- For eleven years I served as the Coroner for one of the busiest counties in our state. In fulfilling this responsibility I spend a great deal of time with very distressed individuals and families who are learning to cope with the death of a loved one. I serve as the clerk for a young single adult church group at a near by university. I serve my wife, children and grandchildren, my community and my church.

What is faith?

Jonathan Walker
As part of my profession I teach rescuers to access and rescue trapped or injured climbers. As a consequence I have the opportunity to teach many first timers to climb and rappel. Some are very afraid of heights. I tell them that they have come to be where they are, usually somewhere not to near the edge, with the hope that they can accomplish the goal of rappelling over the cliff edge. They have a hope that the rope, harness and hardware will work as it was designed. They hope they can do the things they have learned. (and they hope I have taught them correct principles) Faith is the part where they attach the rope to the hardware on their harness and step to the edge. Moving away from the safety of level ground and test the principles they have learned as the find balance between the apposing forces that battle to control them. After successfully accomplishing their goal they often run all the way up to the top filled with excitement and confidence in a new found ability that only moments before they had only hoped for. What was first hope, than the action of faith is now knowledge. Knowledge which is tender and new and must be strengthened by a great deal of study and practice. Rescue skills must be so deeply seated they can be used in the darkest storm. So it is with our faith in and knowledge of Jesus. We must strengthen our faith through prayerful study of the scriptures and through testing the principles of His gospel. Only then can we find peace in the storm. Show more Show less