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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a California kid, a Psychology student, doing my best, while looking on the bright side of life, I'm Mormon

About Me

I’m a college student in the Pre-med and psychology department at my school. I feel as if I’m a typical guy. I love sports and just being active, my friends and I love playing football and we are on an Ultimate Frisbee team, which is awesome because it gives us the chance to play with each other on the same team rather than splitting up all the time. I am always happy to play a good video game and do it with my friends at school. I can never say no to a good action, comedy, or Sci-Fi movie. I just enjoy being active and if I could I would love to be at the beach but being near the mountains isn’t the worst thing either.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I guess I am first Mormon for my Mom. It was her that would take me and my brother and sister to church throughout my childhood, and it was her first off who helped me to be the person I am today. Now I was baptized at 8 years old, the minimum age for kids to be baptized, but my Dad was not yet a member at this time, it wasn't till I was about 10 that my Dad joined the church and helped me grow more so in the church. But these two great parents aren't the only reason for me to be in this church. I learned in Primary about God our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and about the Holy Ghost. I was also taught about The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, and about Joseph Smith who restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So I learned about these things and went to church and would attend Seminary( early morning class which lasted all four years of high school, each year having a different book of study; Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and The Doctrine and Covenants) when I was in High School. Now you could say I went through the motions of church, I felt like it was right but I never had (what I thought at least) was a knowledge of the truth or a Testimony of the Gospel then. I can remember having experiences where the Holy Ghost would teach me of the truth and I felt it was true and that is why I continued to go with my family to church. What made the difference for me was an invitation to read The Book of Mormon and pray about the truthfulness of it. This invitation was given to the church by, one of the Churches late Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley and had promised that we would feel the truthfulness of the book and will have increased faith. I followed this invitation because I wanted to know what others knew about the gospel, what others felt about it, and I wanted to know about my true relationship with God. So I did this and it took me a bit to read the Book of Mormon but I did it and now I had to pray about it, ask God if this book was from him and if this was the true Gospel. I did it and what I had wanted were angels to descend from heaven saying it was true or some great sign from God, so I could for sure that it was true. But what I got and still get when I pray and ask if the church is true is a peace that fills my heart and my soul that let me know that this was true. This feeling I know comes from the Holy Ghost and I have felt it time and time again and I feel it so strong when I testify of this Gospel. I served a two year mission for the church in Argentina and I saw the change in people’s lives that accepted this gospel and came to know the truth that I know. And my faith and testimony in Jesus Christ grew so much when I was able to teach the Argentine people this Gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book that goes hand and hand to the Bible and is here to teach us about Christ, I know that Jesus Christ took upon him the sins of the world so all may live, I know God is aware of his children and if we exercise faith in him and trust in him we will find peace and joy in this life, because I know he will NEVER leave us, because he loves us and wants us to succeed in this life, and all we have to do is believe and follow him.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith as best as I can. I mean I continue to go to church to help me become a better person and I nowhere near being perfect now but I try and I want to be like Jesus Christ. I am a college student so life is crazy but I attend church and I help out at the church I attend by home teaching and being a part of the Committee call the Sabbath Day Worship Committee. Home teaching is when two members of the church go and visit other members of the church to check up on them and to teach them about Gospel topics that are assigned for the month. I love doing this because it reminds me of the Mission I had served and I love to teach and help others in any way I can. The greatest blessing that I have received from home teaching is the knowledge that those I home teach have their trust and are grateful that I am my companion visit them month to month. On this Committee we organize dinner socials once a month, we greet the members at the doors of the church, and organize ward prayer (On Sunday, the ward gets together and prays for that week). It is a great feeling to know that I have a role at church and can participate in it.

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

The short answer is yes we do. There are so many great teaching in its pages that we would be lost without it. It was in the Bible that Joseph Smith found a scripture in James 1:5 which reads “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” I know the Bible is the word of God and I love The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Show more Show less