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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a student, a martial artist, politics fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full time college student. I am majoring in International Business and will most likely be minoring in Finance. I love most martial arts and currently practice the art of Aikido. I also love helping people with their finances and have taught basic financial literacy to troubled youth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but was never really invested in it until later in life. My parents went through years of marriage struggles and my mom stopped going to church at one point. My dad took us to church because it was the "right thing to do." As a result, the church stayed a part of my life. I chose to serve a mission for the church and became a missionary. During these two years, I taught what I had believed to be true to others. During a conference, I heard an apostle of the church speak. Immediately after, I went to a room in the building and prayed to know for absolutley sure that the church was true. I began to feel immense joy welling up within me. From that day forward, I no longer believed, but KNEW that the church was true.

How I live my faith

There's a song that kids in Sunday School sing called "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus." That pretty much sums it up. I really try to be the person that He knows I can become but, of course, I make mistakes. So the next day, I try again.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jason
It does not. Even if politicians happen to be Mormon i.e., Mitt Romney, Harry Reid, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not endorse any political party or person. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jason
We believe that God's will for a husband is that he provide for his family and lead them. The role of the wife is primarily to care for and nurture the children in the home. Both husbands and wives have a duty to help each other to fulfill the the roles that the Lord has given them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jason
Nope! Christ reached out to all around him and we try to follow His example. The LDS Church, for instance, has given a lot of emergency supplies to countries affected by natural disasters. The money used to purchase, assemble, and/or deliver these supplies has been donated by members of the church all over the world. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jason
The short answer is: "God." The slightly longer answer is: God, having spoken with church leaders in the past, has established a pattern in the selection of the prophet. The apostle with the longest tenure as an apostle will be chosen to be the prophet. As we believe that this pattern was set up by God, this is what the church follows. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jason
Let's imagine that I were to see you speeding in your car. I'm not a police officer, but I wave you down and proceed to write you a speeding ticket. Would you take that ticket seriously? No! You would throw it straight in the trash. Why? Because I didn't have the authority to write you that ticket. My ticket wasn't valid, but a ticket that you might get from a police officer is something to take seriously. Unless a person has received the proper authority to baptize, the baptisms performed by that person will not be vaild, much as my speeding ticket wouldn't be valid. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jason
We believe that Jesus Christ established the perfect church organization while he was on the earth. Since His gospel has been restored, that same organization that existed anciently exists again today. We believe this to be the will of God, so we follow that. Show more Show less

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

Jason
Yes! We absolutely, positively believe that the Holy Bible is the word of God. It contains His teachings and testifies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that I personally love reading it and love learning from the life experiences of people like King Saul in the Old Testament. And I love gaining a greater appreciation for my Savior as I read about his life, teachings, and sacrifice on behalf of all mankind from the New Testament. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jason
Absolutely not. We worship God and His son, Jesus Christ. In regards to Joseph Smith, we revere him as a prophet of God, similarly to how we would revere the prophet Isaiah, Samuel, or Moses. As we believe that God continues to speak to mankind today as He did anciently, we believe that he speaks through a chosen prophet. Joseph Smith was one of them. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jason
I think some call it a cult because they don't really understand what we believe or they just aren't informed enough to understand what we believe. I think as one gets to know who the Mormons are and what they believe, the idea that we are a cult will fade and disappear. In fact, our church teaches many things in common with other churches. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jason
First of all, I would just say that eternal life is an actuality. There is more to our existence than just what we experience between birth and death. Eternal life is, essentially, to dwell in the presence of our Father in Heaven for eternity in a state of endless happiness with our families. If that's not heaven, I don't know what is. We gain this awesome blessing by our obedience to God's laws. There's no other way to get it. Show more Show less