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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a divorced, single father of four. I'm a lawyer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my four kids. I don't have a lot of spare time, but when I do I like to read, play sports, take walks, play music, and play puzzle games. I love to be with people, and I love to try new things with my kids. I love to travel and I love good, authentic ethnic foods. I was divorced in 2013 after a 12-year marriage. I grew up in Utah and have been a life-long BYU fan. I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in communications. In 2006 I graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, and I have lived here ever since. I worked in a downtown law firm for 5 years after graduation, then operated a solo practice in the suburbs for 3 years, and now I do criminal appeals for the State Attorney General's Office. Professionally, I am proud of my courtroom experience, which spans everything from juvenile court to federal district court to the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and just about everything in between. In addition to Utah and Tennessee, I have lived in Scotland, Tokyo, Maryland, and for two years as a missionary in Santiago, Chile. I have spoken Spanish since I was 7 years old, although it has gotten rusty with lack of use in the past 10 years or so.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the Book of Mormon. I have known that book was true for as long as I can remember. As a teenager I prayed for weeks and months to get a testimony of that book--I finally received a confirmation that I already knew it was true and I needed to stop asking and get to work. As a missionary, I saw the power of that book to change lives. I witnessed a stubborn matriarch's heart melt when she read the testimony of Christ contained in the book. I saw a teenage girl gain confidence and self-assurance when she prayed about the truth of the book. I saw men change their lives when they read the Book of Mormon. I know that book is true. I am a Mormon because of the testimonies of the latter-day prophets. I love the passion and energy of Joseph Smith. He had weaknesses, like all of us, but the strength of his testimony is remarkable. I love the living prophets. I loved the prophet Gordon B. Hinckley; my relationship with the Savior grew just from hearing his gentle voice and courageous testimony. When he died I felt great loss. But I prayed and I saw the mantle pass to President Thomas S. Monson. These are remarkable leaders. The living apostles share inspired messages, and I feel love when I hear their words or meet one in person. I am a Mormon because of the liberality and beauty of this gospel. Jesus died for us, all of us, each one of us. There is not one person who will be denied access to His grace. What other church can teach the importance of this life, our Father's pre-existing eternal love, and the heavens to come? Because Jesus died for us, we will all inherit a kingdom of glory. God will be fair and just, but merciful and kind to all His children. He will give us every blessing He can possibly extend. And if I learn to live happily here, I am promised that same happiness in the worlds to come. What a glorious, beautiful gospel this is.

How I live my faith

I love the gospel. I love to help with moves and other service projects. I have traveled with a church group to Waveland, MS, to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and to Alabama to help in the aftermath of a tornado. I have volunteered with several community organizations outside of the church. As a recovering addict, I also spend time helping others looking for recovery. I find the principles of the restored gospel match exactly the principles I have applied in my own recovery efforts. I have served in various capacities at church: financial clerk, primary teacher, music committee chair, scout committee chair, and elder's quorum secretary, to name a few. The most meaningful callings are my callings as father and home teacher. Serving in the home and spending time with other latter-day saints is a joy. I pay a full tithing, 10% of my income. I fast 2 meals at least once each month, and I try to give a generous fast offering to help the poor. I kneel with my family to ask for our Heavenly Father's help every day, and we kneel each evening to thank Him for blessings we have received. We read daily from the Book of Mormon and share stories from the scriptures and church history. We attend church services every week, my daughter and I sing with the Ward choir, and my son is a deacon and serves with his priesthood quorum. I also live my faith by relying on my family and the church in times of need. I have had to ask my family and the church for assistance during extremely difficult financial times. When our house was hit by a severe flood, our church community housed us for 2 weeks, washed our flooded clothes, and helped us gut our house to prevent mold. And then went to work helping our neighbors. I make a lot of mistakes, I can be arrogant and selfish. But I try my best to live the high standards I have learned at church. And I feel the peace of the gospel every time I kneel in prayer.