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Hi I'm Jonah

I'm a student. I'm a world traveller. I'm a computer scientist. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in California, but in my time I've lived all over the U.S. and Europe. I'm currently studying computer science, and eventually I hope to get into web development. I love to read, snowboard, go cycling and explore new places. Whenever I've got a moment, I like to play the piano or mess about with my camera, making movies and taking photos. I am an Eagle scout and a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. I enjoy both a good laugh and a good scare alike, and I love my religion.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church and for a long time never questioned it because of the trust I had in my parents, I realised in my early teens that I was really going to have to make my own evaluation and examination of everything I'd been taught to see if I, completely of my own volition, could go on believing it. I already knew the church taught good principles. I lived them and saw the happiness and security they brought into my life. I also determined that, intellectually, it provided satisfactory answers to many questions concerning the nature of God, the afterlife, justice, and familial relations that I felt were often inadequately addressed by certain other traditions. This was all well and good, but I still was only able to muster in myself a rather lacklustre commitment to the gospel, until one day when, in the face of some challenges I was facing, I went and asked the Lord if he was there and if I mattered to Him. I felt an outpouring of love and assurance that yes, he was, and yes, I did, and that all I had been taught was indeed true and correct. I am now preparing to serve a 2 year mission in the hopes of aiding others in their search for this same experience.

How I live my faith

Because of the nomadic nature of my existence as a student, I haven't held many formal positions in the church, but I do my best to live the gospel in my day-to-day life. At times I have taught the young men in my ward, and as a Priesthood holder I am often asked to help with Sacrament services each Sunday. More importantly, I strive to treat others according to the principles taught by both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I try to be honest, chaste, benevolent, humble, industrious, and faithful, and on not infrequent occasions when I mess up or fall short, I do my best to learn from my mistakes and improve myself.