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Hi I'm Jonathan

I was born in California and raised in Utah. I have been called to serve a mission. I like to write and do calculus. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jonathan and I was a college student until December 2014. My field of study was mechanical engineering, but I might change my major in the future. I want to have a career that will provide for a family and give me opportunities to serve others and make a positive difference. I'm not in college right now, though, because I have been called to serve a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On March 18, 2015, I will be leaving my home in Utah and prepare to serve the people of Portugal.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me so much peace, hope, and gives me direction in my life. I don't know what I would do or where I would be without it. I know we have a heavenly father who loves us and who not only watches what we are going through, but is also willing to help us. The thing is we have to ask Him. He loves us and He's just waiting for us to accept the invitation to come unto Him. The scriptures are filled with invitations to pray and ask Heavenly Father any questions you may have (James 1:5, Matthew 7:7, 3 Nephi 14:7, 3 Nephi 27:29, and many, many other verses--the Book of Mormon is a testament of Jesus Christ and contains invitation after invitation to follow Christ). Because of our Heavenly Father's plan, we all can return to His presence and live with our families forever, and we can be reunited with loved ones who have passed away. Through Christ's atonement we can be forgiven of any sins or mistakes that we've made. We just need to confess our sins to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. Christ can also help us when we're depressed or in physical or emotional pain--the atonement is not just for sins. He suffered everything we ever have and ever will suffer, and He wants nothing more to help us. But we have to ask Him. I would encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon and see how they feel when they read it. I'm thankful for the gospel and all the blessings Heavenly Father has given me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to live the gospel and be a good influence on the people around me. I keep Christ in my thoughts--not just on Sundays, but every day--and try to follow his example. I don't do this perfectly, but I do my best to get better at it and improve each day. When I pray at night, I think of things I could have done better that day. In fact, I should probably start writing those things down in a journal at the end of each day. You see what happened there? A thought came into my mind suggesting what I should do. That wasn't just a random thought--that was an impression from the Holy Ghost telling me what I should do. Some people believe that Heavenly Father doesn't speak to His children today, but He does. It may not always be in a grand or awesome way, but often it's through small impressions, and one way I live my faith is by doing my best to stay humble and listen for the guidance of the Spirit. When I leave for my mission, I will spend every day serving the Lord and helping others learn about His gospel. I will dedicate two years of my life to Him. I have faith that He will give me direction and bless me as I serve Him. As we learn in Matthew 25, when we serve the people around us, we are serving our Lord (verse 40).