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Hi I'm Jason

About Me

Hi, my name is Jason, and I live in the great state of Arizona. My wife and I have been married for 5 years, and have two sons: a three-year old and a six-month old. After a long and tedious battle, I am set to finish my Bachelor's degree in Communications in December. In addition to being a full-time dad and a full-time student, I work full-time for a national transportation company. Life is busy, but we feel so blessed to be together as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I’ve always been a member of the Church, when I was a teenager I had a decision to make: Would I follow the path that my parents had taught me, or would I go my own way? More specifically, was what I had been taught true? I prayed and asked the Lord to help me know what to do in my life, and whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly His church. The answer came in a powerful way, and brought a sense of peace and joy that is hard to describe. I have a testimony that the Church is led by Jesus Christ, through living prophets and apostles. This testimony has given me a sense of purpose, faith, and hope. It's given me a better understanding of who I am, and what my relationship is to my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ. I have a greater appreciation for the blessings in my life. I know what I need to do to be with my wife and kids forever. It’s because of these things that I’m a Mormon. Not because my parents or friends are Mormon, but because God has given me a powerful witness that this is the Lord’s church.

How I live my faith

One of the great blessings in my life is serving in the Church. My current assignment is helping our young missionaries teach those who are interested in learning more about the Church. To see the way the gospel of Jesus Christ touches and changes people's lives is inspiring beyond words. Often times, when someone from the neighborhood is being taught by the missionaries, we have the privilege of having them in our home for the lessons. These experiences have blessed my family as we've seen miracles in the lives of the people being taught. It is humbling and inspiring.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jason
There is a lot of confusion in the world regarding baptism. To some, it's simply an act to gain membership to a congregation. Some will say it is a requirement for Eternal Life, some will say it’s not necessary. Some will say that infants need to be baptized as a protection, others disagree. Some say sprinkle, while some say immersion is the way to go. The Mormon Church is led by a prophet of God, who helps clarify and instruct on some of these doctrines that cause disagreement. In addition, we have The Book of Mormon, which goes hand-in-hand with the Bible to teach what the Lord expects of us. Through all of this, we know that baptism is a commandment. It’s a mandatory act of humility and faith if we want to return to our Father in Heaven. We also know that children under the age of eight do not need to be baptized, because they are innocent in the sight of God. In other words, we must be old enough to understand what we are doing when taking such a step. In addition, for a baptism to be valid, it must be performed by someone with the Priesthood authority to do so. That Priesthood authority is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Baptism is symbolic. Just as Christ died, was placed in a tomb only to be resurrected later, baptism symbolizes the death of our old life and the beginning of a new one as a disciple of Christ. This is why baptism is done by immersion – the person is “buried” in the water, and brought back out of the water as a new person. Finally, baptism is much more than just an act. Baptism is a covenant. When a person is baptized, they are making promises to God, and He is promising great blessings in return. Those who are baptized promise to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. We are promised in return that our sins will be forgiven, and that we will always have His Spirit to be with us if we keep our part of the covenant. Great peace and joy comes to those who are baptized, along with a more profound relationship with God the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less