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Hi I'm Jonathan

I was born and raised in Ohio and am now serving a mission in Southern California. You can bet I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm the 4th of 7 kids. I think the 2 best places in the world is the temple (take your pick from130+) or Chief Logan Reservation, a BSA summer camp I worked at. I know that honor and integrity should be something everyone should strive for in there lives, something I'm working on also. If you want to love someone more then serve them. I think being outdoors is amazing! I currently am serving a mission in Southern California, and although it sometimes seems like a personal hell, it has been worth every minute of crap to get the hard earned lessons of life from it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've choose to continue in the faith I was raised in because it has always given me a positive direction to go in. Not just any direction really, but the way to return to our Father in Heaven, otherwise know as God. I know this is the right church to be in because I've put in some honest effort to know. I've looked at pros and cons, at would I would need to do in order to be a faithful member, and most importantly I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know that it is true. I know that kinda seems weird to put that as a reason to join but it is like when Christ was asked by the lawyer "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?". When he had answered that the greatest is to love the Lord thy God, and the second to love thy neighbor as thyself, he went on to say "On these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets." The Book of Mormon is like that. If it is a true book of scripture from God then Joseph Smith is the prophet chosen by Him to Restore the Gospel to the world and that this is the one church of Christ on this earth. Upon this book hangs everything of our church. Last but not least, the Book of Mormon has answered a very important question I had in my life. Through it and the guidance of the Holy Ghost I was told exactly how I could change my life for the better. I know beyond a doubt that the Gospel we have is true, even though the members of our church are not perfect, nor should we claim to be. we are part of Christ's church so that one day we can be.

How I live my faith

Right now as a missionary I go out everyday and teach the gospel to whoever will listen. It's hard sometimes but has great rewards when you finally see someone accept baptism, or quit smoking, or even just trying their hardest to read the scriptures. At home I worked in the Scouting program with the the 11 year old boys and it was quite the learning experience. While I was doing my best to teach them basic skills of different sort I was also learning that every person has to have high times and low times in life. I found out that although I thought I was a good teacheer before I was actually pretty bad. But at the same time I was always finding out little things that helped me improve, like actually sticking to the handbook. I also was a Home Teacher with my Dad. I liked geing able to go to the families assigned to us and sharing a gospel message and helping out wherever possible, but at the same time I didn't like to talk and interact a whole lot, so my Dad did most of the talking. I credit that those times as a home teacher with my Dad with hepling come out of my shell as a missionary.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jonathan
This is a really good question, because, while we talk about it alot, we don't always explain it very well. A testimony is your knowledge of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Knowledge, such as, how God loves us so much that he gave his Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and provide a way for us to return to His presence. Or how God made a Plan for us to return to Him. An interesting thing about testimonies is that the only way you can receive one is through the Holy Ghost, because just having knowledge isn't good enough. It has to be confirmed by the Holy Ghost or you start having thoughts like "Well that was just a coincedence" or "Oh I read it in a book so it's probably exaggerated" or such like. But if it's confirmed by the Holy Ghost it means it is from God, and God cannot lie. Yeah sure, sometimes we sound crazy saying that we know all these things are true and that we don't doubt it one bit, but hey, the confirmation came from God, and I trust everything He has told me. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jonathan
If you don't go out and serve a mission for 2 years you won't be shunned in the church. I have met many members who decided not to and are still actively engaged in the gospel. I will say that if you decide not to serve you are forfeiting alot of blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for you. You may say I'm biased because I am serving as a missionary, but I've really seen alot of positive effects the mission has made in my life. You really learn a good work ethic and learn to put others before yourself. Along with attributes, such as, Patience, Love, , and Integrity. So, while no one is required to go out and serve, it is something every young man should give serious consideration to. I'm sure glad I went myself! Show more Show less