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Hi I'm Jonathan

I grew up in northwest Indiana near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. I plan to become a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I played sports throughout my childhood and was a three-sport Varsity athlete in high school. I swam on a National Championship swim team and competed in the 100-yard breastroke, 50-yard freestyle, and the 50-yard breastroke on the 200-yard medley relay. I played linebacker on the football team and competed in the 100-yard dash and the 200-yard dash in track. I was active in Boy Scouts, earning my Eagle rank and serving as Assistant Scoutmaster and Assistant Camp Ranger. I have a strong interest in American muscle cars and have driven most of old Route 66; during the summer months you can usually find me at a car show or restoring my 1971 Ford Ranchero GT. I am an education major and part of my university's ROTC battalion; I plan to become a teacher and serve in the Army Reserve. I enjoy fishing, cycling, skiing, archery, and movies. I have been called to serve and labor in the Carlsbad California mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am a child of God and I know this Church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I am grateful for the teachers and leaders who provided such a strong foundation for my life, I am especially grateful for my parents who were such great examples to me and my sister while we were growing up. I know that Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation is true and through the Atonement we can all be saved. I am thankful for temples and for the opportunity to be sealed to my eternal companion someday and have an eternal family. I believe in modern prophecy and I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of my Heavenly Father. I am thankful for being a member of this wonderful church and for the examples my family and friends have set for me. I love this Church and will live according to its principles. I will do what is commanded and will honor the covenants that I have made. I welcome the challenges and trials that come my way because I know they make me stronger. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

Growing up in northwest Indiana near Chicago, I was one of the only Mormons in my school. I didn't think anything of it at first, but as I grew up, I learned that it was possible to create strong friendships with non-members without compromising my standards. My friends learned not to invite me to activities on Sunday and knew that I wouldn't be attending parties where alcohol was served; they also knew that they could rely on me as a designated driver or a voice of reason if they got into trouble. Whenever I was asked to compromise my beliefs, I would politely refuse and explain my gospel standards. I wouldn't try to shove my lifestyle down there throats, chastise them for their conduct, or judge them for their behavior. I would lead by example, try to answer questions and help others along the way. I followed the Golden Rule and treated people the way I wanted to be treated. My parents taught me to see the good in all people: just because someone is not Mormon does not mean they should be shunned, treated with disrespect, or belittled. Instead, I learned to try to be a good example of someone who didn't just "talk the talk" -- I walked the walk.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

We believe in self-reliance. We prepare for potential emergencies, natural disasters, and challenging times to be independent and capable -- we also are prepared to help our neighbors and care for others during challenging times. We believe that being prepared is our responsibility -- a reaposnibility that teaches thrift and self respect. Show more Show less