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Hi I'm Jonathan Leighton

I grew up in rural North Carolina. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in North Carolina in 1977, as the youngest of 6 kids. The first 19 years of my life was lived in a rural house, before I went on a two year LDS mission to Estonia. Having graduated with a major in Business Management I am now a Senior Human Resource Information Systems Analyst for a Residential Home Security Company. I'm quite a nerd and love learning, even though it took me nine years to get a four year degree. :0) I've had nearly 33 different jobs and 23+ addresses... but I've settled down over the past few years. And although I'm currently unmarried I still believe you can be happy while single.

Why I am a Mormon

This is an easy one. (1) I know through numerous spiritual witnesses that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the fullness of Jesus Christ's Gospel. (2) It makes me happier than anything this world has to offer. I remember the first time I had a spiritual witness that something was true, I was about seven years old. I was watching a Disney movie called Mr. Boogedy--a semi-scary kids movie. That night, I tried to sleep but couldn't because of nightmares. I went to my parents' room and my father took me into the living room and sat me down. Instead of counseling me he gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and told me to read it. He left, and I began reading. As I read there was a sense of peace that came over me and that assured me everything was going to be okay. It is that same spirit that has witnessed to me both softly and powerfully that the "Mormon" Church is Christ's Church that He has restored on this earth.

How I live my faith

I'm a Sunday School Teacher for my church ward, but haven't been assigned to a class yet. I've found that the simple things are what matter. Over the years I keep coming back to the conclusion that consistent and sincere prayer, scripture reading, and church attendance are the core of a good life. What I love about the Gospel is that anyone, anywhere, and at any time can live it magnificently. What I mean by that is that it doesn't matter how rich, smart, or charismatic you are... you can be close with your Heavenly Father. I love that. Life tries to rank you, while God always loves you.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jonathan Leighton
Yes, a husband and wife and their children can be together forever. It's not something you just say is going to happen... such eternal blessings do not come because we wish them so. Families can be sealed for time and eternity through covenants made in Holy Temples. If these covenants (promises) are kept then no matter what happens families will be together forever. My mom passed away this past February. My mom was/is very dear to me and left behind a healthy husband, six children, and sixteen grandchildren. Although I grieved at her passing I know I will someday both see and be with her again... because of the covenants she and my father made an LDS Temple many years ago. It is for this reason temples are so sacred and holy to Mormons, because in them we commit ourselves to living according to God's plan and He promises us glorious blessings in return. Show more Show less