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Hi I'm Jason

I am from Farmington, UT. My mother is Italian, and my father is American. That makes me an Italian-American Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud husband and father. I recently graduated from the university with a BA in Italian, and minors in Editing, English/Creative Writing, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. I love to learn. I especially love painting, writing, listening to music, and eating good food. I love to create, which is why I am passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation—creating new ideas and getting them working to benefit others. I am currently teaching middle school English for a few years before I head back to school for a graduate degree in Business Administration and Law (JD/MBA). I am very concerned with mental, physical, spiritual, and social health. I love to learn how to improve my learning. I love to eat, exercise, and find ways of sustaining a healthy body. I love to learn about the nature of our purpose on this earth, where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. And I love to learn about our political climate and policies to improve our society.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and grew up in a Mormon community. My mother was Catholic and converted when she was seventeen when she was in Italy. My father was born to Dutch parents living in Utah. All are Mormon. Despite growing up in a Mormon community and in a Mormon home, I wasn't ever quite sure if what I was taught was true. It wasn't until the summer before I turned eighteen that I received a witness of God's existence, and later, of Christ's divinity. I was with a group of Mormon youth, and we were discussing Mormonism, when a girl from the group responded to a rather cynical comment about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't remember what she said, but I do remember that I saw something in her eyes. I'm not sure what, but it just exuded peace. From that point on, I decided to start studying and asking questions about the church that I had grown up in. Shortly after, through several different experiences, I gained a witness of God's love for each of us on earth. I came to know that He really is our Father in heaven. And His son, Jesus Christ, our older brother, actually lived and went through the things that the New Testament witnesses. I love Him and am thankful for his sacrifice in Gethsemane and on the cross that has allowed me to be forgiven of my sins, to change for the better, so that I might return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. It wasn't until a year later that I gained a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It took a while, but eventually after a year of studying, praying, and asking questions I was blessed with a witness of peace in response to my prayers about the veracity of the Book of Mormon. I love it, and I study it every day. As I study it, in conjunction with daily prayer, I retain a peace and confidence throughout the day. I know God lives and His son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior. I thank God everyday for that knowledge, and for the strength and peace that that knowledge gives me.

How I live my faith

I've learned to pray every morning before scripture study as my way of speaking to God. I go through everything that is going on in my life and discuss it with him. After praying I study. I study the Book of Mormon and Bible because God speaks through the verses in them. Almost daily I'll read a verse that answers a question or gives me insight into a problem that I'm having. God uses the spirit to enlighten our minds as we come across the verses that are helpful for our needs. I know that is true because it happens that way for me almost daily. In the church I have the opportunity to teach a class every Sunday that is based on fundamental gospel principles. It is perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. I love it. I also had the opportunity to live in Italy for two years as a proselytizing missionary teaching those fundamental gospel principles to the Italians. My faith is more than something I do, it is a part of who I am. It is fundamentally part of my decision making, my world views, and how I evaluate situations. It is the knowledge of various principles of my faith that give me strength and endurance to handle various, difficult situations. I know that it is because of my faith that I have an enduring inner peace despite the turbulent circumstances around me.