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Hi I'm Jonathan

I grew up in Henderson, NV. I love music and engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished school a year ago with a master's degree in computer engineering and I work as a design verification engineer with a small company that designs computer processors. I live with 2 roommates in a rented house. I spend much of my free time playing the guitar or piano, singing, reading, cooking, or working on random projects around the house. I'm good at making cookies, bread, curry, pulled pork burritos, and a few other things. I also enjoy playing around with electronics, computer programming, running, and yoga.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. I started reading the Book of Mormon on my own when I was 6 years old, so I learned the gospel from a very young age. It has had a profound impact on my life for which I will always be grateful. I was raised with an understanding of the purpose of this life, a knowledge of our Heavenly Father's love for me, and of the role of Jesus Christ in providing a way for me to be forgiven of my sins and live in Heaven one day. Because I learned all of this in my home and at Church from my childhood, it was easy for me to take it for granted. I always believed everything I was taught, but I wasn't sure if I knew it was true or how strongly I knew it to be true. The Book of Mormon contains a promise written by an ancient prophet of God that if the people of our day will read the book and ponder its teachings and then ask God with a sincere heart, real intent, and faith in Christ if the book is truly what it purports to be (a record of ancient prophets containing teachings of Christ, translated in our day by Joseph Smith) that the truth of it will be manifest to them. I believe that having a sincere heart and real intent means saying to yourself "if these teachings are true, then I will live my life according to them." When I reached a point in my life where I could truly make that promise to God and myself, and when I had sufficient faith in Jesus Christ, my prayer to ask God of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon was answered with an outpouring of the Spirit of God. I felt the love of God in my heart and simultaneously a knowledge of truth in my mind letting me know that the teachings of the Book of Mormon are true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that this church is the true church of Jesus Christ, restored to the earth through the power of God; as I live my life according to its teachings, I feel a peace that comes from God and confirms this truth in my heart and mind.

How I live my faith

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that through Him we can be forgiven of our mistakes and live with God in Heaven with our families forever. Jesus suffered for our sins and died for us. But in order for us to become clean through His sacrifice we need to do our part. We must show faith in Him by repenting and being baptized. Even after repentance and baptism we will continue to make mistakes, but we can continue to repent and constantly improve throughout our lives. This is God's plan for us to be clean and happy. Knowing that there is a way for me to be forgiven and become clean through Jesus Christ changes everything. It gives me a reason to be good. It encourages me to try to constantly improve. It gives me hope when things are hard and peace when life is a storm. Making choices based on the knowledge of God's plan for our happiness leaves me with peace and an assurance that I am doing what is best, even if it can be hard sometimes. There is a comforting peace that only comes from God, and this is what I feel as I follow the teachings of Christ. As a member of the church, I do certain things that probably seem strange to others. I spend 3 hours every Sunday at church. I spend many of my Saturdays doing service like helping people move or volunteering with the cleanup effort for recent wildfires in my area. I don't drink, use drugs, or view pornography. I try to be honest with everyone. I spend time visiting other members of the church to share gospel messages with them, to be a friend, and to make sure their spiritual and temporal needs are met. To some, this lifestyle would seem restrictive. All I can say is that the peace that comes from living this way far outweighs any sacrifice that may be required. Living the teachings of Christ is truly living after the manner of happiness. There is one sure way to understand the peace, sense of direction, and joy that come from living the gospel, and that is to try it yourself :)