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Hi I'm Jon

I love my family. I dabble in sports. I speak Spanish. I'm into oldies music and reading good books. And I love serving others.

About Me

At age 18 I was baptized a member of the LDS Church, most directly because of a prayerful reading of the Book of Mormon. I am what most call a "convert." Having grown up on good principles learned from goodly parents, the changes I've made in my life are not so radical as is commonly associated with "converts" (for example, Paul from the New Testament). However, what did change was my vision and how I could act in good principles. I became a student of the scriptures, prone to daily prayer, and became a servant to others. I served a two year mission for the Church in Honduras and returned to help new missionaries prepare for their missions while studying at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I have since graduated but continue to work at the Missionary Training Center. I am still a relatively new husband and even newer father. My wife and I are going through the daily struggles and supreme joys of starting a family. We love the Lord and want to return with our family intact to His presence. We know that this is possible only through our individual and collective obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which has been restored in our day through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. I sincerely hope that all can come to similar joy and peace of conscience, even amidst the ills of today's world, only afforded by the fullness of Christ's gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly before I graduated high school I was introduced to the LDS church. I found many similarities to my Catholic upbringing and personal beliefs, but critical to becoming a member was my experience in reading the Book of Mormon. As I read, the truth of it was so clear and undeniable to me. It is the word of God. It stands as a physical evidence to Joseph Smith being called of God to be a prophet, called to restore the Church of Jesus Christ and the fullness of His gospel.

How I live my faith

The changes to my life that I've made since converting are subtle and small to the outside observer, however it is through small things that great things are brought to pass. I enjoy the same hobbies as before, but now my life is full of daily prayer and scripture study as well as service both in and outside the church. Serving others is one of my greatest joys in life and crucial for becoming like our Savior Jesus Christ.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jon
Yes. In fact, I feel it's one of the great manifestations and evidences today of God's love for us, His children. He has called prophets as long as the earth has stood. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). Holy men of God again speak, not by our will, but by God's will. Past revelations as recorded in scripture are enlightening for us nowadays, but revelations given to Moses were for his time. Revelations given to Peter were for his time. Revelations to prophets today are given for our time, and that's what makes them so valuable for helping us return to live with God. I'm grateful that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). As He has led by prophecy to prophets in the past, He does so today. The simplest and most profound way I know of knowing whether or not there is indeed a prophet like Moses today is in the counsel Jesus gave in John 7:16-17. People were unbelieving of what He taught. To this He responded: "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Show more Show less