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Hi I'm Jon Hansen

I grew up in Provo, UT. I learned Spanish on a mission. I'm a lawyer. I'm blessed with faith and family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah in 1970. I grew up a member of the LDS Church. I have been married to my beautiful wife for almost twenty years. Together we have five children, from the ages of three to seventeen. We love the outdoors and enjoy many activities together, such as skiing, mountain biking, camping and water sports. Utah is an amazing place to enjoy nature. We have some property in the mountains that we love to visit. We also love to see good movies, eat in restaurants, travel and visit with our extended families. I served an LDS mission in Riverside, California, where I worked with the Latin American community. I learned Spanish and also to love the culture and foods of the people I served among. My mission was a defining time for my faith and laid a strong foundation for my life. I learned to love the word of God and to trust in him. I made so many wonderful friends and great memories. After my mission I graduated from BYU with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Philosophy. I did a study abroad to Puebla, Mexico. My wife and I had our first child just a few months before moving to Chicago, where I graduated from Northwestern University with a law degree and an MBA in finance. We returned to Utah in 2002, where our family has grown and I have been able to establish a law practice. I practice business law, with specialization in structured financial transactions, such as venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and real estate investments.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of active LDS members. I have attended church all of my life. But this is a church that requires sacrifice, and so inevitably you end up at some point evaluating whether it's worth it and whether you really believe it is the "only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth," as our scriptures declare. Over a lifetime, I have come to know that it is worth it and that it is true. I am more committed now than I have ever been. I see that its principles bless my life and the lives of many others I know. I have also observed many friends and family members who do not enjoy the full blessings a loving Heavenly Father offers because they have not followed his commandments. Just as keeping the commandments results in happiness, disregarding them results in unhappiness. I know my life wouldn't be what it is today without the gospel. I also deeply believe the doctrines and teachings of the Church. I marvel as I study the restored gospel and, again, compare it with the wonderful truths contained in the Bible. The Book of Mormon is a miracle. It is a second witness of Jesus Christ. We have a deeper and more complete understanding of his life, his teachings, his atoning sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection from the dead due to the Book of Mormon. One of my favorite passages is, "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." Moroni 10:32 I believe in God, our loving and all-wise Heavenly Father. I believe in his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, that he is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I also know that obedience to the gospel plan leads to happiness and success in life and eternal life hereafter.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday School to the adult members of our congregation. This calling challenges me to study the scriptures daily and live close to the spirit so that I can bring the right spirit to the classroom. I get so much benefit from studying the Bible and other scriptures revealed by or restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I love to study the scriptures. It strengthens my faith and inspires me to live up to the best that is in me. I try to live my faith at home and in my family relationships. I have learned that no relationship can be really successful without practicing the teachings of Jesus Christ: love, patience, kindness, forgiveness, temperance, selfless service, etc. Love is the most important principle we can learn here on the earth. It is the crowning virtue. Life can be really hard. Family life can be really hard, even when you're trying to do what is right. But Christ's teachings and example make family life (and life in general) so much easier and more enjoyable. I want to make a difference in the lives of the people I love. I take joy in caring for my family and making sure they know I am always there for them. The biggest highlights in life can come in unexpected ways, such as comforting an upset child, serving an ill spouse, providing guidance for a struggling teen, helping a neighbor or just being with family. I don't pretend to have figured all of this out. I have many shortcomings and miss the mark often. However, the teachings of Jesus Christ and his prophets have blessed my life with perspective on what truly matters. I love my family. I want the best for them. I know happiness is obtained through obedience to true principles. I have learned this from trial and error; from trying, failing and trying again. The Church has given me a framework for learning and applying principles that will make me successful in the areas of my life that matter most. I do believe I am much happier in the Church than I could be without it.