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Hi I'm Jonathan Durrett

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 and grandfather of 5 (pending 6). I have lived and practiced real estate law in Hawaii since 1982. I love to read about politics, play golf on beautiful Hawaiian golf courses and watch college football. I am also fascinated by Hawaiian history.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church in 1972 after being introduced to it by a young lady in high school. I had heard very little about the Mormons, and felt the Church's views were naive and particularlly ill-suited for the complexities of modern life as it was unfolding in the early 70's. I tried my best to discredit its teachings, but finally accepted a challenge to read the Book of Mormon when the young lady went to college and we went our separate ways. I now realize that the gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the Book of Mormon was always relevant and well-suited for the challenges and complexities of modern life. It was just that I could not immediately apprehend the scope and grandeur of what the young lady was trying to share. To make a long story short, I joined the Church in 1972 while a student in Boulder, Colorado and have never looked back. I was drafted into the US Army the same year, and while living in South Korea received the determination to adhere to the Gospel and its teachings for the rest of my life. It will soon be 40 years, and I have married in the temple and raised a family of 5 children to love the Lord and His ways. My faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me overcome every adversity that life has offered during those 40 years, and I hope to be able to overcome everything else that will come my way during the remainder of my days on this earth.

How I live my faith

I have fulfilled several volunteer and lay positions in the various congregations (wards) I have lived in since 1976. My first year of membership I attended a small serviceman's group in Mun San, Republic of Korea. There were six of us who met regularly on Sundays. This ensured that I would either speak, teach Sunday school, pray or bless the sacrament every single week. Because of the faithful example of the Mormons I met with, I was strengthened in my determination to live the precepts of the gospel of Jesus Christ received the Mormon priesthood before I left Korea. As a consequence of that experience, I eventually accepted a calling to serve as a full-time volunteer missionary in Copenhagen, Denmark as soon as I departed from the military in 1974. Since the completion of this missionary sevice, I have continued to serve as a youth leader, part-time missionary and volunteer church administrator over these last 35 years. I count my church service to the children of my Heavenly Father to be the greatest source of joy and satisfaction in my life.