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Hi I'm Jason

I grew up in Alaska, I'm a medical student, a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Iowa where I go to medical school, but the license plate on my car still reads 'Alaska'. I grew up in the 49th state and have a heaping amount of Alaska pride, just ask my wife. I love the outdoors and I try to experience it in as many ways as possible, whether on skis, mountain bike, by foot, or by boat. Fortunately my sweet wife loves these things too. The medical field is wonderful because you meet so many different people and get to know them on a very personal level. Providing care to patients with any variety of illnesses is a very gratifying experience. My wife is nurse, and one day we plan to go on medical missions together to underserved populations.

Why I am a Mormon

My medical training has taught me to think like a scientist. It has taught me to be an astute observer, to ask the right questions, to formulate theories or hypotheses, and to test their validity. When a patient comes to my clinic with an unknown illness, this is the approach I use to make the diagnosis, using my knowledge of medicine as a guide. The same approach I use to answer medical questions, is the same way I came to know that God is real and that he has a prophet on the earth today who speaks to us. No I don't believe that we can prove God's existence through scientific discovery and test tubes. Rather I believe that as we observe the beautiful world around us and the amazing capacity of our minds and bodies, we are led to wonder how it all came to be, and I believe we can test our wonderment. The test is this - to study it, to live it, and to ask. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God because I have read his words in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and when I live by his teachings I am happier and lead a more full and satisfying life. But that's not all. I also know this because I have asked. It takes faith, but I know that if we pray with sincerity, God will answer us and reveal the truth. The truth I have come to know is that God our Father in Heaven is real, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of man, and that He has a living prophet on the earth with an established true church. These truths have been confirmed to me repeatedly throughout my life as I continue to read God's word, as I live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and as I personally pray to God in Heaven.

How I live my faith

My faith gives me perspective. I know that my family members, friends and neighbors are valued and loved by God, and that families can be united together beyond this life. My relationships with family and friends are a great source of joy and fulfillment, and so it's important to me to treat everyone with kindness and respect. My faith teaches me to live a clean life and to be a good steward over my body and the world God has created. I love to play sports and to be active in the outdoors, and I believe that God meant for us to enjoy all of Earth's abundant resources, and that He expects us to be take good care of them and not to fight over or abuse them. My faith gives me the opportunity to serve. Currently I am the director of the family history center at my church, which is a place where anyone from the community can come and use our resources to research information about their ancestors. It's fun to see people get excited about genealogy work as they discover their history. My faith drives me to learn and to develop talents. I believe that God will reward us for using our time productively and in worthy pursuits. Education is very important to me, not just formal education, but also reading and learning from books and wise people. One of my favorite things to read is American history. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the early pioneers and founders of America. My faith teaches me not to take the path of least resistance. Maintaining strong family relationships, serving in the church and community, developing talents, being educated, and living a clean life, can all add up to be a difficult task. It requires persistent effort, and often it's not easy, and I make plenty of mistakes. However I believe that God wants us to succeed and to be happy, and He will help us where we fall short.