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Hi I'm Jonah

I've lived in southern California for most of my life and I've spent way too much time playing video games...

About Me

I'm from southern California and I'm an avid "League of Legends" player. League of Legends is a popular online computer game that's highly competitive. I've been playing it for years and have gotten good enough to honestly say I'm in the top 0.5 percentage of people who play the game worldwide (50 million+) I've even made money doing it doing what's called "boosting." Although I really love playing video games, I also enjoy running, basketball, and tennis.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. But regardless of whether or not we're born into the church we all must go through the conversion process in order to learn the truth of it for ourselves. I went through a conversion process just as any convert did. I had a difficult childhood and was never in one place for more than a couple years. When I was young my parents divorced and my mom eventually remarried a man when I was nine. They divorced when I was about fourteen and we moved away from southern California to Idaho... I'd never been there... And was so angry about it. I was upset at everything and everyone and my home life was terrible. I was selflish and took my frustration out on others. I stopped going to church and started doing things I knew weren't right. I eventually became so disillusioned with everything (including the idea that God exists) that I decided to humor the teachings I had always been taught. That is: I decided to pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. I figured "why not? What's the worst that can happen? I won't feel anything?" I prayed fervently for about ten days and fasted for nearly two days hoping to receive an answer. I remember being more than a little disappointed when I didn't immediately receive my answer. But I felt constrained to continue. Around midday on the tenth day I received an undeniable witness and answer to my prayer. Words and thoughts that were most definitely not my own witnessed to me that what I had rejected had always been true. I cannot deny it. The witness I received was too powerful for me to ever deny it.

How I live my faith

I seek to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by loving my fellow man. Namely by offering service and spreading as much positive energy as I can. I love seeing the difference I can make in other people's lives and bringing happiness to those around me. It brings me great satisfaction to be the guy that others associate with "making them feel good about themselves." In my youth I wasn't always the most positive person around and I can still vividly remember moments where I failed to lend a helping hand or I said something less than flattering that hurt someone's feelings. I believe these moments to be valuable in my memory. I don't ever want to feel responsible again for seeing someones face twist and contort in sadness or insecurity. Since maturing and growing into an adult I've completely changed my attitude toward others. I refuse to put others down. I only want to build others up. A responsibility I've been charged with for the past two and a half years is occasionally speaking to congregations in my area. every six weeks or so I give a fifteen minute talk in which I try to teach and give my views on a certain gospel topic. I've especially enjoyed this calling as it allows me to teach and influence people for the good (which I love doing.) and it helps me feel the spirit.