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Hi I'm Jon

I work in feature animation. I volunteer with the Boy Scouts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a character Effects Animator and make animated feature films for a living. I have worked on such films as Pixar's WALLE, and DreamWork's Madagascar 2, Megamind, and Madagascar 3. I enjoy helping create family entertainment. I also enjoy volunteering as an assistant scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout Troop. I can't get enough of the outdoors, and love to camp, bike and hike whenever I can. I am training for a 200k bike ride in the spring!

Why I am a Mormon

When one considers the many churches that there are in the world today the task of coming to God through one of them can seem daunting. I have always believed in God and in Jesus Christ and was taught about them from a very young age. There came a point in my life however when I had to know for myself if the things I had grown up to believe were really true. I came to know the truth of what I had been taught through praying and reading the scriptures. When I read the words of God in the Bible and especially in the Book of Mormon I felt a peace that spoke to my spirit. It was as if my Heavenly Father had leaned down and gently whispered into my ear that this was His path and that I should follow. By living the Gospel of Christ I continue to feel this spirit. It is real and it is the path to true and lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example to people around me by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope that those I work with and come in contact with can see that I'm happy. The happiness I feel comes from knowing that God cares about my family and I. When we read the scriptures or go to church it fills us with joy and a desire to be better people. I try to share this joy with people I meet.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jon
That's a silly question! Did Christ only help himself? No. Although none of us is perfect, we are trying to be like Jesus and he helped and loved everyone. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jon
It's truth. God loves His children and He wants them to return to live with Him. More and more people are discovering this love as they find the church and make it a point to ask God if it is true. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Jon
President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. He receives the will of God and teaches it to us. We can confirm what he has taught by praying and asking God to help us to know of its truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jon
No Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jon
The prophet is chosen by God. There is an organization to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just as there was in the days of Christ. Jesus chose apostles and gave them authority to act in his name. When a member of the twelve apostles was martyred or died the group would get together and fast and pray to know who should fill the vacancy. In our day there are also twelve apostles as well as other leaders in the church. Each of these are chosen through the prayers and fasting of those in authority. God reveals His will to his apostles. Each year the whole membership of the church has the opportunity to sustain or oppose these callings during church meetings. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jon
Each of us on this earth lived with God as spirits before we came here. In order for us to grow and gain experience God made this earth so that we could come and gain a body and learn for ourselves how to choose right from wrong. This time on earth had to be a test. The test is to see if we will choose to follow God so we can live with him after death. He couldn't just give us all the answers in life because then it wouldn't be a test and we wouldn't learn. He did however provide us a mentor, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ultimate example and his teachings help us choose what's right and makes us happy. You might say that the test of life is an open book test. The books we have been given are the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We can read the words of Jesus in them. Because we are not perfect, we will unavoidably make mistakes in this life. We will stumble and go through hardships. We will all fall short of being as good as Jesus. We cannot return to live with God in our sins. Jesus Christ came to earth not only to set an example for us, but to pay for our sins. He suffered for us so that if we believe in him and repent we can still live with God, that is why he is our Savior. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Jon
The Church of Jesus Christ has been on the earth through most periods of time since the days of Adam and Eve. After the death and resurrection of Jesus and the subsequent martyrdom of his apostles, the church was lost from the earth. Because God loves his children He has established His church anew in our day as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church was formally organized and restored on the April 6, 1830 in Fayette, New York. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jon
I live in California where we recently debated a measure called proposition 8. The proposition would define marriage in California as a union between a man and a women. This would mean that same sex marriages would not be legally recognized in the state. This was a very hard proposition for me to swallow. I work with and know people that are gay. They are great people, no different than myself or anyone else. I respect them and love them as the brothers and sisters that we all are. I do not however believe that the sexual relationships they engage in are right. From the beginning of time God created Men and Women as distinct and separate beings. Each has capabilities that the other does not and each brings pieces to what God has ordained as a perfect union. This union is sacred and special, God has commanded that this union be formed and grown within the bounds of marriage. It was one of the hardest things I have had to do in life to support this stance during proposition 8. I was yelled at and called a bigot. People cursed at me and my children, in the name of their equality. Despite all this I still believe and know in my heart that God is unchanging; although people may try to change the definitions of marriage or the use of natural and God given procreative powers. Show more Show less