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Hi I'm Jonny

I am a Soldier and a Disabled Veteran. I served two missions in my life, one for my country and one for the Lord. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Intractable Daily Headaches, and I am a United States Soldier. I collected intelligence against the Islamic State of Iraq, and I taught interrogation for three years following my deployment. I met and spoke to the people in the Nineveh Province of Iraq from 2010 to 2011. My job was to talk to people and answer questions. I would answer questions like, What will happen to the Iraqi people, when the United States withdraws from Iraq. I answered the questions, I asked, and was ordered to delete my reports, because the word on the street in the Nineveh Province, was that ISIS is waiting for the US to leave, and then they were going to take over, and kill the Yazidi people in the process. I stood my ground. I told the US Army Commanders asking my not to report my findings that "That the blood of the Yazidi People will not be on my hands". I published my reports, and we went home. I did my duty, I came home with honor, and ISIS killed my friends. I feel like Amulek in the Book of Mormon, as he and Alma watched as the women and children they loved were thrown into the fire. I could once run up and down Mt. Timpanogas or Mt. Olympus with no problems, now, I can hardly walk up the stairs. The Lord has called me to a different mission now, and I am excited to conquer whatever challenge or test I must face next. For I will always serve the Lord, my God.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born near Denver Colorado to parents that were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have always known the Church is true my whole life. I did not always follow the standards of the church, but I have always had a testimony of the truth. After many months of battling my own demons about my faith, I was called to serve as a missionary in the England Manchester Mission. It was amazing. My first night in England, I was attacked by forces from the unseen world, and was forced to raise my arm to the square. Apparently the adversary did not want me to be in England. During my mission, I saw many souls join the Lord's Church through baptism. I also saw many spiritual battles, and cast out many demons. I had always read about the experiences from other missionaries, but my experiences were my own, and the fight continues to this day. There is a tsunami of evil effecting every family. I have felt the Lord's touch on many occasions, especially when I am at my worst. I know the Lord is right beside me. The Book of Mormon changed my life forever, and continues to change my life as I read from its pages everyday. My mission to Nineveh was not like Jonah's, I was to go and just serve the people along with many other returned missionaries. The Lord let me share the Gospel with my teammates, though. I baptized my best friend, who served with me in Iraq, a couple years ago. My wife and I were able to escort he and his wife through the Salt Lake Temple just one year later. This is how I know the church is true, because the Lord uses me and all of us to accomplish his will. I know the Book of Mormon is true, because I have felt to sing the song of redeeming love. I have heard the voice of the Lord many times, I have had many angels minister to me. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and that these are the last days, before the Lord's Second Coming I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Each day, I get up in agony. I have had a daily headache for nearly three years, but if the Lord needs me to do something, then I can do it. I currently have two callings in my ward. I was the Ward Mission Leader for about two years, then I asked the bishop for some help and I am currently a Ward Missionary. I am also a Family History Consultant. I volunteer my time at the local Family History Center, when I can, but mostly I work with the missionaries. Being a missionary is my favorite calling in the world. No matter where I go, or who I meet, I will testify of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and challenge people to read my favorite book. Mostly, I just do my best to endure my pain as patiently as I can. I know that one day I will be healed, but until then, I just do my best to attend the temple, and write. I write a blog called, "Stand Up For Freedom, Whatever the Cost". I was inspired to start this blog from a talk by President Ezra Taft Benson. I speak both French and Arabic, and a little Kurdish. I was able to do a little work with one of the Editors for the Church, and find some Kurdish Bibles in the hopes of one day providing a Book of Mormon in the various Kurdish languages. I have been truly brought to my knees with my diseases, and I know the Lord calls upon the weak things of the world to do his work. I am weak, I am willing, and I will go wherever the Lord will have me go. I will mop the floor of the gym, if that is all the Lord has need of, but I will always do his will, for I am His son. Jesus Christ is my best friend. I know that he lives. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's mouth piece on the earth today. He is the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and the only one who holds all of the keys in this last dispensation of the fullness of times.

What is the First Vision?

Joseph Smith was asked many times about who he was, one of his responses was that, "You don't know my history". Joseph smith had a particularly hard time writing his own history down, but he did manage to write down his experience in a grove of trees near his home in up state New York, in the spring of 1820. Joseph had a question as to which church he should join. As he began to pray, a strong force from the unseen world began to completely overpower him, and he thought that he was going to die, but then, just as all hope seemed to leave his little 14 year old body. He said, "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun." He said, "When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Once again, the heavens had parted and God the Eternal Father gave the beautiful commandment, "Hear Him". From that moment on, Jesus Christ became the focal point of our religion. Show more Show less