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Hi I'm Jonathon

I'm a chemistry major working part-time. I'm a cellist, a singer, and a performer. I love the outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jonathon, but I usually go by Jon. I'm a chemistry major in college, and I'm thinking about going into an energy field. I work part-time and keep a scholarship to keep myself in school and out of debt. When I'm not in school, I'm hanging with my family and friends. I love to play games and I love being outside. I like reading books that spark my imagination and make me see the world in a new way. My idea of a perfect summer day is to hike a mountain with friends and family in the morning and eat a late breakfast at the top, hike down and take the afternoon easy. Play some games, maybe start a water fight. And in the evening, we'd pull out the projector and the blankets and set up a screen just as it's getting dark and the stars are coming out.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are also LDS, but that doesn't mean that I'm just automatically part of this church. I'm a science major; I'm always wondering and questioning about the world and looking at things from multiple perspectives. I've had my share of questions about my church and about religion in general, but I know that Christ is my savior, that I am a son of God, and that he loves me. My faith is strong because I don't have to rely on the testimony of my parents or my teachers. I've prayed in faith to gain wisdom (James 1:5) and had the Holy Ghost help me find the answers to all my personal questions (John 14:26). I know that my life has been blessed because I have chosen to follow the path that my savior has set for me. The prospect of where I would be today without the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't even remotely happy (Alma 41:10).

How I live my faith

My ward is a student ward with other people going to my college. It's a great place to meet people and talk. I've created more friendships in my ward than any of my classes. While I might make a few casual friends in class, I'm always making new friends at church and getting to really know new people. Last semester I was involved in a leadership position, so I got to reach out and get to know even more people than usual. It was my job to help make sure that doctrinal lessons happened every week and make sure that church services ran smoothly. It was sometimes stressful to make sure that everything happened when and where it was supposed to, but the friendships and the experience that I gained will help me for the rest of my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jonathon
In a technical sense, all young men are called to serve a mission at the age of 19, health permitting. Young women are invited to serve, but are not required. But I feel that the word "required" is the wrong word. It is a privilege to serve a mission and to invite others to come unto and learn about Christ. Christ should be such a part of any Christian's life that the opportunity to serve Him and share truth about Him full-time is a great blessing. If we truly love him, then we will choose to share his message. Show more Show less