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Hi I'm Jon

I used to fight injustice as a newspaper reporter. Now I do it as a lawyer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a newspaper reporter trapped in a lawyer's body. I found my two life loves ten years ago working for my college newspaper—reporting the news and my beautiful wife (we met our first day at the paper). I went on to win a couple press awards, but decided to go to law school. After I graduated and passed the bar, I went to work with a big city law firm. I hated it. So, without telling my wife, I applied for and was offered a newspaper reporting job in another city. When I broke the news to her, she immediately said "You've got to take it!" So she transferred law schools (she's a lawyer too) and we picked up and moved across the state. I reported for the paper for a couple years and met lots of lawyers—some who I found very cool. One of them introduced me to a lawyer who would later become my mentor and friend. I went to work for him and decided I loved the law. I started my own law firm a little over three years ago and still love it. And my wife and I still love talking about work at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love what it's trying to turn me into. It makes me better. It helps me to serve others. It brings me peace and comfort. It's what I am and what I'm trying to become. And it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I get to serve in the church as a leader in the young men's organization. I have always considered myself a big kid and love hanging out with the kids and getting to know their lives. I especially like keeping up with their cool, fresh lingo, like "beast" [as in, "that's so beast"] and "rock" [as in, "I'm rocking jeans today."]. It's a blast.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jon
They must not have any Mormon friends. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jon
To me, it doesn't seem unusual that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would appear and talk with Joseph Smith. He was just a kid. He was honestly and humbly asking them what to do. I hope that Heavenly Father and Jesus still talk to people all the time—and I think they do. Show more Show less