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Hi I'm Jonathan

My names Jonathan and I grew up in Vancouver, WA and now I am in the US Air Force. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a father, husband and friend. I am an avid sportsman and love to compete in just about everything that I do. I love to Crossfit, play golf, watch baseball, football and just about anything that's competitive. As I get older I have turned to coaching rugby instead of playing it like I had for years, which I enjoy because it keeps me involved with the game. My wife is an avid shooter and scuba diver and those are things as well that I want to get involved with and get our children involved with. First and foremost though I am just a people person. I love to be around people and get to know new people any chance that I get. My wife thinks its funny because whenever we go anywhere she says its like "Going to the Circus" but I am ok with that. She's a little more introverted then I am so I will gladly absorb her airtime that she doesn't feel the need to fill...:-) Currently I am in the US Air Force and am working at a local base here in Oregon. I love my job and have another 7 years until I retire and move onto another phase of my life. I have always wanted to open up a little diner somewhere, sort of like something you would see on Diners, Drive-Inn's and Dives but we will see where that chapter of my life takes us. My wife, my kids and my faith are my first priority and as long as I have those then I suppose the where and the when isn't quite so important.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I guess I would say that I am a Mormon because I choose to be a Mormon. I was raised in the church and always felt a strong connection more so with the people I knew as I grew up then in the particular doctrine of the church. When I was a younger man and through a lot of my adult life I fell away from the teachings of the church and the ideals and practices I had been taught my entire life. I think that I always knew in the back of my mind that at some point I would come back to the church but honestly it was easier to have my Sundays off and not have to be accountable to anything. I was what my brothers called the epitome of a "Jack Mormon" and had to watch my mouth when I was around their kids because you never really knew what was going to come sailing from my mouth... About 4 years ago I went through a divorce and it was one of the darkest moments in my life and it caused me to reflect on a lot of things. I was going to a Christian church here in town when I was married to my ex-wife who wasn't LDS and so I continued going there trying to get my questions answered. About that same time I started coaching the rugby team here at the local college and the head coach for the team was a Mormon. He realized that I was raised Mormon and invited me to come to church with his family which I am sure I responded with a "Not Interested" but I am sure in some sarcastic manner. But he was a persistent bugger and after a few months of asking he called me over the Christmas Holidays that year and asked me if I wanted to come to the church Christmas party. I remember him saying, "Come on man, we will at least have some good food" and I couldn't say no to that. I remember driving down there that night and it was snowing pretty heavily outside and I parked outside the church and sat there for a minute because it had been so many years since I had stepped inside. as soon as I walked through the doors I felt the spirit of the Lord telling me I was where I needed to be.

How I live my faith

I really enjoy the work that I get to do in our church. I work with the young men in our area and let me tell you they are the ones teaching me every week. I feel grateful and appreciative that I get to play a simple yet important role in the growth in not only the church but becoming a young man. I go to weekly meetings on Sunday which I love and I also get to go to Scouts with the 12-13 years old boys in our church on Wednesday nights. We always try to have a lesson to start with and do something fun but some nights all we do is play a little basketball. That's not the most fun for me because I am terrible at basketball, there is a reason that I wrestled in HS... Before I started working with the younger men in our church I taught the 8 year old's in Sunday School and I just loved that so much. I am a big kid at heart so being around all those little ball's of energy rejuvenated me every single week.