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Hi I'm Jonathan

I grew up in Washington State. I love the northwest and the ocean. I can't remember a rainy day that I didn't enjoy. Im a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an amazing and ridiculously large family. I'm number 7 out of 11 kids. I've always thought that should have entitled me to free 7/11 Slurpees year round. They don't see it that way. I play a lot of sports, especially golf and tennis. I served a mission on Germany from 2005-2007. I can't remember a more dedicated time in my life to any one cause. I loved what I was doing and found joy in serving anyone and everyone. It's when I am serving others that I feel the healthiest. Since before and after my mission I have struggled with mental health issues. Major Depression Disorder among other diagnosed mental illnesses forced me to drop out of University after 3 Years at BYU and 2 Years at USU. Every moment was a struggle and although I had a lot of really great experiences at both schools its hard to block out the feelings of isolation when depression would take hold and leave me unable to function. I would hide in my room for days at a time. Mental health concerns are a part of my life. Every day I fight. Often I feel completely alone even when I am surrounded by people who love me. It's part of my life and so I live it as well as I can. I work at a computer repair store and do my best to train several technicians at two stores. Work is very fulfilling. I'm still unmarried which can be very heart rending. I hope and fear all at the same time being a father and a husband. Its a blessing that I hope for because of what family has always meant to me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, my parents invited me to pray about the Book of Mormon. I remember quite clearly wondering why I would have to ask if it was true. I said silently, "I know the Book of Mormon is true already! Why ask?" In that moment and in countless other moments the Spirit has witnessed to me of the truthfulness of that scripture. When you have a conviction about something, you are compelled to action. For me that means to stay active in the church and to find ways to be a better son of my Heavenly Father. It's easy to let the world define who I am and how I should act; It's that much more rewarding to struggle with defining myself in His eyes. Sometimes it leaves me in no mans land. Other times it overwhelms me. Depression disorders can often make feeling the Spirit difficult if not impossible. But truth is truth. I know my Heavenly Father loves me. I know it at all times. It is a blessing for which I am thankful.

How I live my faith

I try and treat people with kindness. I try and love people as best I can. I teach at my local congregation. Most of the time I don't think I have done all that well until the dear older ladies pat me on the back and tell me how wonderful I have done. One can never have too many grandmas. My best friend in the ward and I teach a couple of families. Being able to succeed in these small callings has such a profound effect on my mental and spiritual health. The blessings of service are abundant and available to anyone.