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Hi I'm Jason

I was born and raised in Utah. Now I live in the jungles of Mexico. (Did you know there are jungles in Mexico?) And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jason. I'm pretty normal. My favorite food is ice cream. I like to read books, have fun, talk to people, ride my bike, go for adventures in cool places, take pictures of cool things, show off my cool pictures to everyone I know, play princesses with my little sister, and have nerf gun fights. I like laughing and smiling, especially with other people. I really like people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church) is the only true and living church on the earth. I know this because I have prayed and asked God and received an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. I'm Mormon because I feel the presence of my Saviour more as I read the Book of Mormon than anywhere else. There is no doubt in my mind that this is His church, and that He guides it through His prophet, Thomas S Monson.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by smiling, serving, or saying hi to people in the street. Right now, I live my faith a little differently as a mormon missionary. All day I am out on the street sharing what I believe with everyone I meet. It's super fun. Mostly, I live my faith by trying to do in every moment with every person what I would do if Jesus were right by my side.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mormons are asked to donate 10% of their income to the Church because it is a commandment of the Lord; the commandment of tithing. This commandment is not new, but is found in the Old Testament the Bible. In the book of Malachi, we are promised that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings upon us if we faithfully pay our tithing. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

The church is always ready to help those in need, no matter their religion or ethnicity. The help provided has gone to almost 150 countries, giving millions of dollars worth of help and supplies every year. Most prominent among these efforts are food distribution and volunteers in disaster clean up, the use of church buildings for shelter after distasters, as well as other funding for humanitarion aid projects to improve the quality of life in third world communities. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women do not hold the priesthood because they have their own role to fulfill. Just like the men have a priesthood organization, the women have their own organization, called the Relief Society. They also have offices and presidencies in every unit of the Church. Their responsibilities are unique, and all the male leaders of the church would agree in saying the church would be nowhere without its women. Men and women are equals in the church, just as Paul said to the Corinthians: "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

When we give our tithing money to our local church leaders, they then send those funds to the headquarters of the church. The tithing money in our church is used for the benefit of all. The leaders you see when you go to church on Sunday or the missionaries in the streets are not paid for what they do. The things we use our tithing for are things like building temples, churches, or other buildings; the maintainment of these buildings; printed materials such as Book of Mormons; and funding for various church programs, such as temple or family history work, education, and missionary work. Our chapels are open to the public. Any person who asks a missionary for a copy of the Book of Mormon (or any other member of the church who happens to have one) is welcome to a free copy. The huge family history database in our family history website is also available to everyone. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is our Heavenly Father. He has a body just like us, and we were created in His image. Since He is our father, He knows us and loves us perfectly, and wants us to be happy in this life. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was a prophet in our day, just like Noah, Abraham, and Moses in Bible times. Just like they did in their day, Joseph Smith received revelation and instruction from God to give to His children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Of course. The Bible is where we read and learn about the life of Jesus Christ here on the earth. The words in the Bible are words of holy prophets, inspired of God. We also beleive the Book of Mormon, which supports the Bible in what it teaches. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are important to us because that is where we experience the most joy. We beleive that the home is the greatest place to learn and apply the principles of the gospel and learn life's lessons in an environment of love. We also believe that families are ordained of God, and the family relations we have here on earth can continue after this life is over. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are used to unite families for all eternity through special covenants with God. They are also a place where we can go to learn more about our Heavenly Father and feel His presence, and receive answers to questions we have. Show more Show less