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Hi I'm Jason

I live in Colorado, I'm an Aerospace Engineer, I love to mountain bike, debate politics, and read Scifi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Aerospace engineer who loves music (I play the piano), mountain biking, reading about politics, and just having fun with friends. I graduated from Utah State University in 2010 with a Master's in Aerospace Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up reading every book I could get my hands on. Like many boys, I loved stories about heroes and looked up to them. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be them. Most of these heroes were imaginary, but as I got into older I became interested in real leaders and heroes. The life of Joseph Smith quickly rose to the top of my list. He taught bad people how they could change and made good men better. He did this by teaching universal principles independent from culture or time. He succeeded because he relied on the power of God. In fact, except as a messenger, he wasn't really part of the equation at all. He would connect people to the power of God, step back, and see the miracle as ordinary people were transformed into heroes and leaders as noble and great as any I had read about in fiction. As a prophet, Joseph knew that he wasn't the secret, the power of God was. Joseph was a witness of how the power of God can make Men mighty at any scale: as husbands and fathers, or as kings or generals. When I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible on a regular basis, I have a greater desire to follow the most noble impulses of my heart. When I fail to do so (a pretty regular occurrence), I know that I can repent and be forgiven through the almighty power of Jesus Christ. By following this path, I've come to know that Jesus is my Savior, that He has restored his church on the Earth today, and that we are ennobled as we follow the teachings of His prophets.

How I live my faith

As an aerospace engineer I can sometimes get lost in equations, and computer code. To make any progress, work requires my complete attention, and, believe it or not, can be pretty enjoyable. It's pretty satisfying to finish a project, step back and say, "I did that... and it works!" However, it doesn't take long for these "interesting" problems to become empty and cold if I don't have a larger purpose in my life. My faith gives purpose and focus to my life. My life has meaning because of the relationships and service that I'm able to give because of the gifts God has given me. As a member of a ward (i.e. congregation), I have opportunities to serve others that are much more meaningful than solving complicated orbital dynamics problems. I'm able to help friends find new jobs, learn how to manage their money, study the scriptures, and learn to listen to spiritual promptings. As I've learned different ways to serve others, I've started to see the world differently; There is much to do! Sharing the principles of the Gospel that Christ has taught is the most effective way to serve. When people understand the power of Christ's sacrifice and how it can change their lives, I've seen miracles occur. Shy, depressed people grow into capable, sociable adults who know that they are children of God and that he has important work for them to do. I'm grateful for the purpose my Faith has given to my life and for the joy that God grants me as I strive to follow the Saviors example.