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Hi I'm Jon

I was born in Utah, but my family moved to California when I was 10 years old. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born 22 minutes before my twin brother. Even though we were twins, we had different friends and interests. I had three other brothers and no sisters. My Dad's hobby was photography and it became mine also as I learned to develop film and print photos in his darkroom before I was age 12. My profession was teaching and I was able, for several years, to teach a photography class to 7th and 8th grade students. My entire classroom was converted into a darkroom for those classes. Before my teaching career began, I attended college at BYU, and married my sweetheat after my sophomore year. Our first child was born during my senior year, and upon graduation, I received a comission in the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. I served four years in the Air Force with 13 months being spent in Saudi Arabia. My wife and I have 5 children, the youngest of which was born with Down's Syndrome. He is the light of our lives. We now have 22 grand children and 6 great grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was blessed to be born into a family who were devoted Mormons. They taught the gospel to me as I grew up and I was baptized when I was 8 years old. Eventually, however, I had to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and so I studied and prayed about the Book of Mormon and gained a knowledge that it truly is an ancient record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the American Continents and that it is a true record. It is a second witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Today, my reason for being a Mormon is that, as a result of study and prayer, I have obtained a sure knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on earth today recognized by Jesus Christ as His church. I have obtained this testimony through the ministrations of the Holy Ghost directly to me. This knowledge is available to all who will read the Book of Mormon, study and earnestly pray to receive it.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, visit four families as a Home Teacher to make sure all is well with them, Serve a shift in the local Family History Center each week, attend the Temple, and try to be honest and a good citizen and good neighbor every day. In past years, I have served in several capacities within the church, one of which was bishop. After that calling I served as cub master for a period of time and I mention this to illustrate that within the Mormon Church, one may be called to a position which is considered very prominent and then his next calling may appear to be less so, but I have learned that every calling is important in that we are serving others, and the service of a cub master is just as important as the service of a bishop.