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Hi I'm Jonathan

I am a husband, father, son, uncle, and brother. I enjoy sports, the outdoors, and Disney movies. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My incredible wife and I have been married for 3-1/2 years. We are the proud parents of an 18-month-old son who is one of the most active human beings on the planet. We have experienced both the difficulties (tantrums, diaper doozies, illnesses, etc.) and the happiness (hugs, new words, laughter, etc.) that come from being parents. He keeps us constantly on our toes, and we are learning more from him than we could have even imagined. As a family, we love spending time together. Whether it's watching a movie, going on a walk, or laughing at the dinner table, we enjoy each others' company. Last year, my family moved to New York to begin medical school. It has been a challenge trying to balance family life and the large time commitment required for studying. Learning how to prioritize what is really important and make time for each other has been a life-changing experience. I am a giddy man. I have the most amazing family, friends, neighbors, and classmates a guy could ask for. I believe that the peace that I have in difficult times and the happiness I constantly feel are due to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also believe that this happiness and peace are available to anyone that truly desires and searches for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I truly believe there is a God and that He is our Heavenly Father. Because He loves us, He created a plan for us, which can bring us the peace and happiness that we all search for. This plan explains where we were before coming to this earth, why we are here, and where we are going after this life. Central to this plan is our Savior Jesus Christ. Because of His sacrifice, we can all be forgiven of the mistakes that we consistently make, and we can become better people. I have prayed asking if all of this is true, and I have received an answer. I believe that it makes sense, and I have personally felt the peace and happiness in my own life. As a husband and father, families are extremely important to me. Not only does the Plan of Happiness make it possible for me personally to return to live with Heavenly Father, but it also provides a way for families to be together forever. Again, this makes sense and brings so much peace into my life knowing that my family can continue after this life is over. I know that God is real. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and that He lives. The Gospel that was lost with the death of Christ and His Apostles has been restored. I know God continues to speak to us, His children, through prophets, and I know there is a living prophet on the earth today. The peace that comes with this knowledge is life changing, and because of it I am genuinely happy.

How I live my faith

Being religious is a very personal thing. Certain aspects of religion are outward expressions of an inner commitment (going to Church, paying tithing, having Gospel conversations, etc.), and these things are extremely important. Other aspects, however, are done without anyone knowing except ourselves and God. When we say personal prayers or spend a few minutes alone reading the scriptures each day, we demonstrate our devotion to God. When we do service for others without wanting recognition or looking for a reward, we draw nearer to God and our hearts are changed. Although I often fall short, I am trying to do this. I have felt the change that can come when we pray and read the scriptures daily, and this has truly blessed my life. It has changed the way I think and act, and it has helped me in my desire to be a good husband, father, and Christian.