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Hi I'm Jon Blotter

I am a professor of mechanical engineering and a cattle rancher. I am also a houndsman and I'm a mormon

About Me

In some ways I have three jobs. My incredible wife and kids are deeply involved in the last two. First I am a professor of mechanical engineering. I teach advanced stress analysis, dynamics, and structural vibrations. I do research in active and passive vibration reduction and structural acoustics. I enjoy the challenge of discovering new knowledge in these areas. Second I am a cattle rancher. Along with my dad, 2 brothers, sister, and brother-in-law we run 1,000 head of mainly black cattle. We are in a cow calf operation. Outside of the family ranch I also raise Full Blood Wagyu cattle and I raise show steers. I am also a very active hound hunter. I use dogs to chase bears, mountain lions, and bobcats. Two summers ago we treed 43 bears in 3 months. I never carry a gun and very seldom shoot any of these animals. I get up a tree, take a bunch of pictures, grab the dogs and head for the truck. It is very exciting to see the incredible ability of a good hound to pick up a scent and follow it. It is absolutely amazing what they can do. I put my dogs on box on the top of my truck and drive around. They are continuously working the wind. When they catch wind of a bear they start to bark. I let one down and he or she will line out the track and take off barking. I dump the tail gate and let the others follow the lead dog. YEAH I AGREE, YOU PROBABLY WOULDNT FIND ANOTHER PERSON WITH THESE THREE OCCUPATIONS.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents were both active and took us 3 boys and 1 girl to church every week. I would say I was just an average kid and on occasion felt a burning inside during a testimony meeting or really good lesson but most often just attended church cause thats what we did. I will never forget one particular time. It was the re-dedication of the Logan Utah Temple. You had to get there early to get a seat. I was with my mom and older brother. As we were sitting there waiting for it to start all of a sudden everyone stood up and some people walked in and up to the stand. As soon as people stood I felt warm inside as a short man with white hair walked fairly close by I could just see his head. I felt an incredible peace and a burning in my heart that this man was indeed a prophet of our Heavenly Father. It was President Spencer W. Kimball. The Lord through that burning feeling told me this man was a prophet and I would never deny or forget that. After high school and a year of college it was time to go on a mission. I had always known that I would go on a mission just cause again thats what you did in my family. Most of my friends did not go. I probably should have had a much stronger testimony about the church before leaving on my mission than I did. However very early on my mission while in the Missionary Training Center I knew I wanted a stronger testimony of the gospel if I was going to go around for the next 2 years and teach it. One night after all my companions were in bed I knelt down to pray and ask Heavenly Father if the gospel I had been taught was true. Nothing happened and I didnt feel much different. I kept praying and said please Heavenly Father, if you want me to serve a mission let me know if I am teaching truth. Again, I felt and incredible peace and a burning in my chest. Heavenly Father had told me it was true. He knows he has told me and I know. I can never deny it.

How I live my faith

When we meet our Savior I think the thing he will question us on the most is how did you help those that needed a helping hand. His entire mission he spent helping people. I do my best to try and help people out. If someones car is broken down I stop and offer a hand. If some runs out of wood for their stove during the winter I will give them some of mine. I dont claim to do more than the next guy and I need to do more but I love the feeling that you get when you have given up something so some else can have it a littler bit better. It is well worth the cost. I spend a lot of time with my wife, 4 daughters, and 1 son. My oldest is now married, my second is on a mission in Peru, and I have 3 at home. My daughters play tennis and my son enjoys wrestling. My wife and I try to support them the best we can. We encourage them to push themselves and do their best in sports and school. However, the thing that will make my wife and I the most happy is if they stay close to their Heavenly Father and they know that. We do our very best to let them know that the most important things in life are what kind of person you are and the relationship you have with Heavenly Father and your earthly family. As a rancher / cowboy and a hunter it is for some reason easy to have friends and get in crowds that are a little rougher than the Sunday go to meeting types. I get along with these people very well. I understand them and where they are coming from probably because I am one of them. I try to let them know what my standards are and what my expectations for them and how they act are. In no way am I better or worse than them. Heavenly Father has an equal love for all of us. However, I try to bring up gospel topics, I try to set an example with language and honesty. I try to set an example with patience and not getting angry at others. I have a long way to go. I mess up a lot. But when I do get sharing the gospel right and seeing others change its awesome.